Graduate Student Conference

2014 Graduate Student History Conference

Rethinking Resources as a Dimension of Historical Agency Friday, January 31, 2014

Keynote Speaker: William Sewell

This year's annual Graduate Student History Conference will take place in Friedl Hall. A luncheon on digital history will led by Dr. Laurent Dubois, and the event will culminate with a lecture delivered by Dr. William Sewell.


8:15 Light Breakfast

Panel 1: Gender and Gendered Spaces (115 Friedl)

  • Panel Moderator: Meggan Farish, Duke University
  • Panel Commentator: Dr. Sarah Deutsch, Duke University Department of History
  • Making Women a Resource: Citizenship, Imperialism, and Motherhood in the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the 1962 Convention on Consent for Marriage - Jessica Malitoris, Duke University
  • Teresa of Avila's Religious Experience Through Feminine Space - Taylor Hersh, University of Kansas
  • “It is not from want of affection […]” Gender and Emotional Convention in the Antebellum South - Mandy Cooper, Duke University

Panel 2: Visual Culture (225 Friedl)

  • Panel Moderator: Nina Arutyunan, Duke University
  • Panel Commentator: Dr. Neil McWilliam, Duke University Department of Art History
  • The Story of the “Dancing-Girl” of Mohenjo-daro: Interpreting the Social Life of a Bronze Figurine - Ajay Thomas, Duke University
  • Inventing a Future Through History: Historical Practices at Mildred’s Lane and Mirroring Movements - Meredith Ekberg, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Public Statuary and the Politics of Affect: The Case of Ambedkar Statues and the Dalit Politics of Representation in Bombay - Kena Wani, Duke University

Panel 3: Narrative (115 Friedl)

  • Panel Moderator: David Romine, Duke University
  • Panel Commentator: Dr. John Martin, Duke University Department of History
  • Universally Particular: Jacques Roumain and the Transformation of Haitian National Thought, 1927-1944 - Joshua Clough, Duke University
  • What Price Postmodernism?: A Case Study in the Funding of Intellectual Movements - Delano Lopez, Ohio State University
  • Building Apollo in Pakistan: NASA and the Development of the Pakistani Space Program - Michelle Grisé, Yale University

Panel 4: Religion (225 Friedl)

  • Panel Moderator: Samanthis Smalls, Duke University
  • Panel Commentator: Dr. Thomas Robisheaux, Duke University Department of History
  • Vodou and Protestantism, Faith and Survival: The Contest over the Spiritual Meaning of the Earthquake in Haiti - Claire Payton, Duke University
  • Mystic Communities: Lay Leadership and Managing Human Resources in Seventeenth-Century Lima - Adam Newhard, University of Kansas
  • With Bread in Both Hands: American Quakers in Post-WWI Germany - Guy Aiken, University of Virginia

12:15-1:15 Luncheon

Digital and Public History with Dr. Laurent Dubois, Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History, Duke University
Carr 229, Duke East Campus


Panel 5: Energy (240 Friedl)

  • Panel Moderator: Ryan Poe, Duke University
  • Panel Commentator: Dr. Erika Weinthal, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Towards a Historicized Resource Curse Theory in Soviet Studies - Tom Cinq-Mars, Duke University
  • Modernizing the “Feudal” Economy? Geology, Hydropower, and the Future of Princely India, 1920s – 1940s - Matthew Shutzer, New York University

Panel 6: Environment (225 Friedl)

  • Panel Moderator: Yuridia Ramirez, Duke University
  • Panel Commentator: Dr. Gunther Peck, Duke University Department of History
  • “liv’d by himself in the Desert about 13 years:” Resourcefulness in the Great Dismal Swamp During the Early National Era - Marcus Nevius, Ohio State University
  • “A Place to Play: Transition to a Recreational Potomac Landscape, 1930 – 1970” - Jesse Hall, North Carolina State University
  • "I often ask myself who am I" African American Student Identity at Hampton Institute - Cara Smelter, North Carolina State University


Panel 7: Labor (126 Friedl)

  • Panel Moderator: William Goldsmith, Duke University
  • Panel Commentator: Dr. Reeve Huston, Duke University Department of History
  • Sacrificed to Capital: The Degradation of Textile Workers in the Postwar US - Brad Wood, Duke University
  • The Impact of Land and Labor Resources on Culture Development in Early Nineteenth-Century New South Wales - Melanie Burkett, North Carolina State University

Panel 8: Mobility (225 Friedl)

  • Panel Moderator: Tiffany Holland, Duke University
  • Panel Commentator: Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Duke University Department of History
  • From Shanghai to Mecca: Hajj as a Space of Encounters and Contestations - Hyeju J. Jeong, Duke University
  • Mobility Law: Regulating Mobility Resources during the 19th Century in the Argentine Interior - Kyle Harvey, Cornell University
  • “A Plain Case of Kidnapping:” The Precarity of Black Mobility in the Antebellum US - Alisha Hines, Duke University


Keynote Address: “Rethinking Resources”

Dr. William H. Sewell, Jr., Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science, University of Chicago
Thomas Room, Lilly Library, Duke East Campus

Reception to Follow