Draper Graduate Student Conference 2011

Popular Culture in Early America

The Fourth James L. and Shirley A. Draper Graduate Student Conference in Early American Studies

March 24–26, 2011

From London to Philadelphia, Charleston to Kingston, Quebec to Lima, popular culture in early America embraced a host of activities and purposes, communities, practices, and sites. It expressed the vitality of the diverse worlds that met and collided in early America and enacted their tensions and conflicts as well. Plebeian and respectable, folk and commercial, popular and elite: "popular culture" goes by many names in early American scholarship and takes in a broad and perhaps incompatible set of activities. The Draper Graduate Student Conference in Early American Studies seeks to explore this wide arena and assay the subjects, issues, contributions, and theoretical debates in recent work on popular culture in early America and the broader Atlantic world from the sixteenth century down to the middle decades of the nineteenth century

Registration: http://www.regonline.com/draper2011

Conference email: draperconference@uconn.edu
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Preliminary Schedule

Last Updated 2/18/2011

Thursday, March 24

3:00pm, Conference Registration

            Dodd Center Public Lounge, University of Connecticut

4:00pm, Plenary Address

            David Hall

            John A. Bartlett Professor of New England Church History, Harvard University

            Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, University of Connecticut

6:00pm, Reception

            Dodd Center Public Lounge, University of Connecticut
6:45pm, Dinner

            Dodd Center Public Lounge, University of Connecticut

Friday, March 25

8:00am, Conference Registration

8:00am, Continental Breakfast

            Dodd Center Public Lounge, University of Connecticut

8:30am, Panel One: “Collecting Culture: Objects, Identity, and Empire”

1) Ann K. Johnson (University of Southern California)

    "Through Purchase or Plunder: Collecting Mexico, 1846-1848"

2) Jane Tippett (University of Delaware)

    "Imagining Empire: Peale's Philadelphia Museum"

 3) Katelyn Delgallo Crawford (University of Virginia)

    "Philip Wickstead’s Multivalent Conversation Pieces and their Jamaican Context"

10:00am, Break

            Dodd Center Public Lounge, University of Connecticut

10:30am, Panel Two: “A Playwright, a Princess, and a Prostitute Walk into a Theater…”

1) Benjamin E. Park (University of Cambridge)

     "Native Muses and Exotic Others: Playwrights, Popular Novelists, and Depicting the Foreign in Early America "

2) Sara Lampert (University of Michigan)

     "Where Women ‘Exhibit Their Shamelessness’: Gender and Class Politics in the Early-Nineteenth-Century Cultural Marketplace

3) Christiana Molldrem (University of Pittsburgh)

     "Policy and Pocahontas: 'Indian' Plays and Public Policy, 1808-1830”

12:00pm Lunch

            Dodd Center Public Lounge, University of Connecticut

1:30pm, Panel Three: “Dimensions of Class in Early American Pop Culture”

1) Sean Trainor (The Pennsylvania State University)

     "The Celebrated Razor-Strop Man of New York on Manliness, Respectability, and the Countless Virtues of a Close Shave"

2) Leah R. Giles (Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware)

     "Sounds of a New Republic: Music, Parlors and Popular Culture in Washington, DC, 1800-1825"

3) Sarah Crider Arndt (Trinity College Dublin)

     "Bringing Reading to the People: Popular Cultural and Reading in Urban Baltimore, 1790-1825"

3:00pm Break

            Dodd Center Public Lounge, University of Connecticut

3:30pm, Panel Four: “Performing Discord: The Subcultural Politics of Identity Formation”

1) Xi Chen (University of Washington)

     "The Apostasy of the Apostle: The Cultural Politics of Temperance and Self-Making in John B. Gough’s New York Scandal"

2) John L. Dwiggins (University of Pennsylvania)

      “'The pleasure they would derive by being a soldier': Military Service as a Popular Subculture in Antebellum America"

3) Devon Van Dyne (University of California at Los Angeles)

      "Ladies of Llangollen: 'The L Word' in Early America"

5:00pm, Sessions Conclude

Saturday, March 26

8:30am, Depart for the American Antiquarian Society

            Nathan Hale Inn, University of Connecticut

10:00am, American Antiquarian Society Presentation

12:00pm, Lunch

            American Antiquarian Society

12:30pm, Closing Remarks

            Patricia Cline Cohen

Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara