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Bernard Bailyn, Director
HARVARD UNIVERSITY

 
 
2000: THE CIRCULATION OF IDEAS, 1500-1825
   
The sessions of the 2000 Atlantic History Seminar are listed below. Each presenter's name is linked to an abstract of the paper presented. A full list of Working Paper titles from the Seminars, arranged alphabetically by author, is also available.

[Please note that participants' affiliations are given as of the time of the Seminar and may have changed since then.]


Monday, August 7


Opening Reception and Dinner
Harvard Faculty Club

 

Tuesday, August 8


SESSION 1

Limpieza de Sangre
Chair
: Patricia Seed, Rice University

María Elena Martínez, University of Chicago
"Religion, Purity, and 'Race': The Spanish Concept of 'Limpieza de Sangre' in Seventeenth-Century Mexico and the Broader Atlantic World"

Guillaume Aubert, Tulane University
"Colonial Mésalliances: The Metropolitan Roots of Racial Prejudice in the French Americas"

 

SESSION 2

Conceiving of the Other
Chair
: Todd M. Endelman, University of Michigan

Holly Snyder, Brandeis University
"The Jew as Citizen: Or, Moses Mendelssohn's Atlantic Moment, 1757-1831"

Katherine Hermes, Central Connecticut State University
"How Moses Crossed the Atlantic: John Weemes and Philo-Semitism in Colonial New England"

Denise Spellberg, University of Texas, Austin
"Islam on the Eighteenth-Century Stage: Voltaire's Mahomet as a Transatlantic Case Study in the History of Ideas"

 

Wednesday, August 9


SESSION 3

The Idea of Marriage: The British Atlantic Context
Chair
: Nancy Cott, Yale University

Sarah M. S. Pearsall, Harvard University
" 'As good Wives ought to be': The Shifting Dynamics of Marriage and Authority"

Nuran Çinlar, University of Otago, New Zealand
"Advice to Bachelors: Reading about Marriage in the Colonial Chesapeake"

 

SESSION 4

Ideas of Sex and Its Regulation
Chair
: Randolph Trumbach, Baruch College, CUNY

Mauricio Damián Rivero, University of Miami
"Impure Acts: Sexual and Marital Regulation in the Spanish World"

Susan Newton-King, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
"Crimes against Nature at the Cape of Good Hope: A Short Paper about a Dog"

 

Friday, August 11


SESSION 5

Agents of Enlightenment Thought
Chair
: James Kloppenberg, Harvard University

Anthony Page, University of Adelaide, Australia
" 'Liberty has an asylum': John Jebb, British Radicalism, and the American Revolution"

Mark G. Spencer, University of Western Ontario
"The Circulation of David Hume's Works in Eighteenth-Century America"

Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, California State University at San Marcos
"Building an Atlantic Republican Network: Henri Grégoire, the Americas, and the Legacy of the French Revolution"

 

SESSION 6

Scotland's Centrality in the Flow of Ideas
Chair
: Ned Landsman, SUNY—Stony Brook

Sarah Knott, University of Oxford / University of London
"The Circulation and Americanization of Sensibility: Scotland to Philadelphia"

Joseph S. Lucas, Wesleyan University
"Scottish Conjectural History, Indian Affairs, and Missionary Theory in the Early-Nineteenth-Century United States"

 

Saturday, August 12


SESSION 7

Pennsylvania and German Protestantism
Chair
: A. Gregg Roeber, Pennsylvania State University

Ulrike Kirchberger, University of London
"Henry Melchior Mühlenberg and the Making of German Protestantism in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania"

Peter Vogt, Boston University School of Theology
"The Circulation and Transformation of Ideas about the Church in the Atlantic World: The Case of German Immigrant Groups in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania"

 

Monday, August 14


SESSION 8

Science, Technology, and the Atlantic Connections
Chair
: I. Bernard Cohen, Harvard University

Michael F. Conlin, Eastern Washington University
"Joseph Priestley's American Defense of Phlogiston Theory: The Political Dimension"

James D. Delbourgo, Columbia University
"Perkins's Tractors and Trans-Atlantic Scientific Culture at the End of the Eighteenth Century"

Nicholas Dew, Cambridge University
"Atlantic Triangulation: The French Scientific Expedition to Gorée and the Antilles, 1681-1683"

 

SESSION 9

Jonathan Edwards and the Circulation of Scholarship
Chair
: David D. Hall, Harvard University

Robert E. Brown, University of Missouri at Kansas City
"Storks on the Moon and Other Invented Absurdities: Critical Historical Interpretation and the Shaping of Eighteenth-Century American Religious Discourse"

Stephen A. Wilson, Valparaiso University
"A Reassessment of the Reformation Context of Jonathan Edwards' Puritan Heritage"

 

Tuesday, August 15


SESSION 10

American Ideas and European Sources
Chair
: Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University

Scott Breuninger, University of Wisconsin at Madison
"Westward the Course of Empire: The Translatio Tradition and Eighteenth-Century Anglo-American Theories of Historical Development"

Seth Cotlar, Willamette University
"Reading the Foreign News, Imagining an American Public Sphere: The Democratic-Republican Societies in Trans-Atlantic Context, 1793-98"

 

SESSION 11

Anglophone Ideas Abroad
Chair
: Bernard Bailyn, Harvard University

Carmen McEvoy, University of the South at Sewanee
"The Influence of Thomas Paine on Peruvian Republicanism, 1810-1822"

Elsa Dias, Purdue University
"America and Portugal: In Search of a Luso-American Political Tradition"

 

Wednesday, August 16


SESSION 12

Visions of State Formation in Latin America
Chair
: Doris Sommer, Harvard University

Jochen Meißner, Universität Hamburg
"Motivations, Ideas, Functions, Methodology, and Styles of Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Historiography"

Elías José Palti, Universidade Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina
"The Problem of 'Misplaced Ideas' Revisited: Beyond the History of Ideas"

 

Thursday, August 17


SESSION 13

Ideas of Slavery
Chair
: David Brion Davis, Yale University

Michael J. Guasco, Oberlin College
"The Idea of Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World before 1619"

Christopher L. Brown, Rutgers University
"The End of Innocence: Slavery, Politics, and the Idea of Moral Responsibility, 1764-1783"

Eric Slauter, University of Chicago
"Political Slavery and the Circulation of Rights on the Eve of the American Revolution"

 

SESSION 14

Ideas of Freedom
Chair
: David Brion Davis, Yale University

Célia M. Azevedo, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
"Rocha's The Ethiopian Redeemed and the Circulation of Antislavery Ideas"

Keila Grinberg, Universidade Federal de Fluminense, Brazil
"Freedom Suits: Manumission and Civil Law in Brazil and in the United States"

 

Friday, August 18


SESSION 15
Wrap-Up
Members of the Seminar
 
 
     
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