The Annual American Studies Postgraduate Conference at the University of Manchester is now a firm fixture in our academic calendar, this being the sixth year that it has been held. The event is intended to give postgraduate students, at and beyond Manchester, the chance to present their work in a supportive setting, and to help promote postgraduate research and innovation more generally.
This year's programme includes the following speakers:
Session 1, 10.30-11.45
Matt Stallard (Manchester), "Labour, Wealth, and Slavery in New Orleans: 1820-1835"
Matt Griffin (Manchester), “Climate and Race in the 'Blueprint for Radical Reconstruction’”
Patrick Bonner (Manchester), “‘Red Devils’: The Racialization of the Chicago Anarchists”
Refreshments Break: 11.45-12
Session 2, 12.00-1.15
Imogen Durant (Manchester), “Reframing Terror: The Representation of State Terrorism in The Life of Albert Parsons and Punishment Park”
Joseph Morton (Manchester), “Shifting Dreams: Fixity, Change and Futurity in 20th Century California Texts”
Helen Kilburn, (Manchester), “#BlackLivesMatter: The Occupation of Cultural Memory”
Session 3, 2.30-3.45
Ben Walker (Manchester), “‘America’s deadliest secret agent’: how the Philippines could have saved Vietnam, and the legend of Edward Lansdale”
Benjamin Quail (University of Strathclyde), “Title TBC"
Carla Douglas (Leeds), “‘Consequences Unforeseen’: Change and Paranoid Reading in Caroline, or Change”
Refreshments Break: 3.45-4pm
Session 4, 4-5.30pm
Round Table: Transatlantic Abolition
Bridget Bennet (Leeds), David Brown (Manchester), Alan Rice (UCLAN) and Britt Rusert (UMass-Amherst)