Inaugural Conference at newly established research Center for the Study of Guns and Society at Wesleyan University, Oct. 14-15, 2022

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October 14, 2022 to October 15, 2022
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, African American History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Military History, Public History

I am Jennifer Tucker, associate professor of history and director of a newly established small research Center for the Study of Guns and Society at Wesleyan.I’m writing to let you know about the new Center, which we believe will be the first academic center dedicated to interdisciplinary humanities study and teaching on the social and cultural history of firearms. I’d also like to extend an invitation to attend our inaugural conference on October 14-15, 2022 at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT which will feature some of the leading academic historians working on the topic of firearms in society.

The academic study of guns has been largely relegated to schools of law, policy and public health, and has been somewhat overlooked in humanities, history, and social science research. Currently there are very few courses on the history of guns and gun culture taught at the university level anywhere in the world. We believe that the humanities and social sciences offer valuable tools to address critical questions about the role of guns in American society and culture. With the Center, we aim to convene disparate college and university researchers working on guns and history to share ideas and pedagogies, to test and disseminate new methods, and to foster productive collaborations.

To that end, the Center will host its inaugural conference, "Current Perspectives on the History of Guns and Society," Oct. 14-15, 2022 on Wesleyan’s campus. It will feature a headliner conversation on “Race, History, and Guns in America” featuring presenters Kathleen Belew (Northwestern University), Darrell A.H. Miller (Duke Law), and Karen Attiah (The Washington Post). This event will be moderated by Richard Galant (CNN Opinion), and will convene historians, museum curators, and other experts in the field.

More information on the Center is available on its website. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.  

Contact Info: 

Jennifer Tucker, Associate Professor of History/ Director of the Center for the Study of Guns ad Society, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459 

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