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Recent Content

AWARD: American Historical Association Equity Award Nominations

The Committee on Minority Historians of the American Historical Association invites members of h-AmStudy to submit nominations for its Equity Award.

CFP: The ERA in the 21st Century (Frontiers: Journal of Women's Studies; 10/1/14)

A Special Issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies
The ERA in the 21st Century
Guest Editor: Laura Mattoon D’Amore
Due date for receipt of papers is October 1, 2014

CFP: Gender in the Golden 80s (Film & History conference 6/1/14; 10/29/14)

The 1980s is its own “golden age” of film when considering the idea/ls of gender contained within its borders. The era indulged representations of high-testosterone masculinity (such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis) and vulnerable femininity (such as Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy). And, while films of the decade were also capable of imagining men who were strong and sensitive (like Eric Stoltz in Some Kind of Wonderful, Rob Lowe in About Last Night, and Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club), there were far fewer roles for women that broke from stereotypically feminized characterizations (like Linda Hamilton in Terminator, Lea Thompson in Back to the Future, and Demi Moore in St. Elmo’s Fire).

Re: Jefferson's Birthday

Surely, no one on this list would deny the contrast between the country and the city as a major theme in American Studies, with Jefferson the defender of agrarianism and the yeoman myth.

One of his intellectual descendants was William E. Dodd (for a while, ambassador to Nazi Germany). Dodd was a promoter of the German Karl Lamprecht, whose influence on American psychology should be better known. I quoted Dodd, Lamprecht, Carl Becker, and Robert S. Lynd here:

http://clarespark.com/2009/11/19/the-scary-city-lamprecht-becker-lynd. Would Jefferson, a man of the Enlightenment, have cheered on these important intellectuals?

The Natural History of Memory: London seminar, May 17, 2014

The Natural History of Memory Inaugural Seminar (hosted by the Cultural Memory Seminar Series, sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster) 

Venue: G37, Senate House

Date: 17th May, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  


Professor Anna Reading (King’s College London), 'Where Do Clouds Come From? A Natural History of Digital Memory’ 

Dr Frank Uekoetter (University of Birmingham), 'The Boll Weevil, the Post-Slavery Plantation, and the Global World of Monoculture’ 

Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (UCL), 'London Submerged: Eco-Fictions of a Vanishing Present' 

Chairs: Drs Lucy Bond (Westminster), Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths), Jessica Rapson (King’s)