Virtual Conference: Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850

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February 18, 2021 to February 27, 2021
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, European History / Studies, German History / Studies, French History / Studies


Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850

2021 Annual Meeting: Virtual Conference, February 18-20 & 26-27


Attendees must register at the CRE Conference Website.  Registration is free. The presentations will be recorded and posted on the CRE website until the end of March. 


Opening Keynote Address

Thursday, February 18, 4 PM EST/9 PM GMT

Kacy Dowd Tillman, Professor of English & Writing/Co-Director of Honors, University of Tampa

“The Limits and Liberty of Loyalism”



Session 1: Friday, February 19, 3:00 - 4:30 PM (All times are Eastern Standard Time.)


Session 1-A: Before Feminism: Women’s Political Participation in the Age of Revolutions

Moderator: Mita Choudhury, Vassar College

  • Florencia Peyrou, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, “Women and Liberal Revolution: Spain, 1808-1840”
  • Corinne Gressang, Erskine College, “Resistance and Obedience: The Politics of Martyrdom during the Revolution”
  • Kathleen McCrudden, Yale University, “The bonds which unite your life to mine are our mutual affection’: Sophie Grouchy and the Marquis de Condorcet’s Revolutionary Partnership”
  • Elisavet Papalexopoulou, European University Institute, “Secret and Not So Secret Societies: A Privileged Space for Women’s Political Participation”


Session 1-B: Revealing the Practices and Problems in Exhibiting Revolutionary Era Houses

Moderator: Heather Huyck, Co-Chair, Research & Interpretation, National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites

  • Meghan Budinger, Director of Curatorial Operations, The George Washington Foundation, “Lives Behind the Names: Telling a Fuller Story at Historic Kenmore”
  • Heidi Hill, Historic Site Manager, Crailo and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Sites, “The Curated Past and the Quest to Interpret a More Complete Story”
  • Laura Macaluso, Independent Scholar, “Benedict Arnold’s House: The Making and Unmaking of an American Home”
  • Amy Speckart, Independent Scholar, “Moving a Founding Father Out of the Frame: Expanding the History of a Maryland Plantation”



Session 2Saturday, February 20, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Session 2-A (Roundtable): New Looks at Old Men (Lafayette, Franklin, Jackson, Bolívar, Napoleon, and Washington)

Moderator: William B. Allen, Michigan State University

  • Laura Auricchio, Fordham University
  • David Bell, Princeton University
  • Daniel Gullotta, Stanford University
  • Kelsa Pellettiere, University of Mississippi
  • Craig Bruce Smith, US Army School of Advanced Military Studies


Session 2-B: Reassessing Biedermeier Culture

Moderator: Claudia Kreklau, University of St. Andrews

  • Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, “Chemists and the Origins of Mass Production in the Porcelain Industry” 
  • James Brophy, University of Delaware, “Compilation and Compression: Political Literacy and Dissent in Biedermeier Reading Cultures” 
  • George Williamson, Florida State University, “On the Move: Outcasts, Wanderers, and the Political Landscape of Die Winterreise” 
  • Günther Kronenbitter, University of Augsburg“In Clausewitz's Shadow: Rühle von Lilienstern Is Writing on War (And a Lot of Other Things)”



Session 3: Saturday, February 20, 2:00 - 3:30 PM


Session 3-A: Mobility and Revolution

Moderator: Janet Polasky, University of New Hampshire

  • Martijn van der Burg, Open University of the Netherlands, “Mobility within the Napoleonic Empire: The Case of (Sub)prefects in the Netherlands and Northwest Germany”
  • Nicholas B. Miller, Flagler College, “German Forty-Eighters in Hawai‘i: Migration, Revolution, and Colonial Knowledge”
  • Camille Creyghton, Utrecht University, “Parisian salons as places for exile politics between 1830 and 1848”
  • Benjamin Hein, Brown University, “Migration and Revolution in the German Lands”


Session 3-B: Operationalizing the Military Enlightenment

Moderator:  Christy Pichichero, George Mason University

  • Jonathan Abel, US Army Command and General Staff College, “Control Warfare: Reform in the French Army of the Military Enlightenment”
  • Kenneth Johnson, Air University, “Progressive or Reactionary? Reevaluation of Naval Officer Corps Reforms”
  • Kieko Matteson, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, “‘So Valuable a Revolution’: Silvicultural Science in the Service of the French Navy”



Session 4: Friday, February 26, 3:00 - 4:30 PM


Session 4-A: Emigres and Their Stuff in Word and Deed

Moderator: Rebecca Spang, Indiana University

  • Erik Braeden Lewis, Florida State University, “Borders, Brothers, and Battles: The Boxader Family Business and Trans-Pyrenean Migration” 
  • Kirsty Carpenter, Massey University, “Portrayals of property and/or the Environment in Émigré Novels”
  • Rafe Blaufarb, Florida State University, “Rethinking the Biens des Emigres”


Session 4-B (Roundtable): New Perspectives on American Loyalists in the Revolutionary Era

Pre-circulated papers will be available for this session on the CRE website.

Moderator: Rebecca Brannon, James Mason University

  • Cho-Chien Feng, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Lauren Michalak, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Peter W. Walker, University of Wyoming 
  • Christopher F. Minty, University of Virginia
  • Benjamin Bankhurst, Shepherd University
  • Emily Yankowitz, Yale University
  • Rebecca Brannon, James Madison University
  • G. Patrick O’Brien, Kennesaw State University



Session 5: Saturday, February 27, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Session 5-A: Under the Flag of Insurgency: The Greek Revolution in International and Imperial History 

Moderator: Beatrice de Graaf, Utrecht University

  • Erik de Lange, Utrecht University, “Navigating the Revolution before Navarino: Imperial Interventions in Aegean Waters, 1821-1826”
  • Christopher Mapes, Independent Scholar, “Under the Yoke of Ottoman Domination: Slavery and Central European Philhellenism”
  • Ozan Ozavci, Utrecht University, “‘They kissed each other affectionately…’: The Intra-Elite Rivalries and Transimperial Histories of the Greek Crisis, 1801-1841”
  • Evangelos (Aggelis) Zarokostas, Independent Scholar, “Islands in a state of emergency: Ionian neutrality and martial law during the Greek Revolution of 1821”


Session 5-B (Roundtable: Book Presentation): Cosmopolitan conservatisms: Countering Revolution in Transnational Networks, Ideas and Movements (c. 1700 -1930), ed. Matthijs Lok, Friedemann Pestel and Juliette Reboul (Leiden: Brill, 2021)

Moderator: Matthijs Lok, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Carolina ArmenterosPontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic
  • David Armitage, Harvard University, USA
  • Friedemann Pestel, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • Juliette ReboulRadboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Glauco SchettiniFordham University, USA



Session 6: Saturday, February 27, 2:00 - 3:30 PM


Session 6-A: Representation and Reputation in an Age of Paper, 1774-1848

Moderator: Alissa Adams, University of Texas, Permian Basin

  • Joshua Dight, Edge Hill University, “Printed Remembrance and Projections of an 'Illustrious Dead' – Representations of Late Eighteenth-Century Radicals in the Chartist Press, 1838-1848”
  • Amy Dunagin, Kennesaw State University, “From Stage to Revolutionary Theater: Transatlantic Patriot Political Rhetoric and the ‘Liberty or Death’ Speech”
  • Matthew Fisk, Independent Scholar, “John Trumbull and the Transactional Aesthetic in an Age of Paper, 1780-1795”
  • Karin Breuer, Ithaca College, “‘Out of a Harmless Little Sneeze They Made a Thunderbolt’: Fritz Reuter’s Depictions of the Demagogenverfolgung


Session 6-B: Anti-Jacobin Rhetoric

Pre-circulated papers will be available for this session on the CRE website.

Moderator: Ronen Steinberg, Michigan State University 

  • Steven Weber, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “Transnational Démagogues, Séducteurs, and Cannibales: Narrating a Global Jacobin Conspiracy in the Conservative French Press (1790-1791)” 
  • Alice Coulter Main, University of Wisconsin- Madison, “‘Un Spectacle d’horreur’: Theater, Gender, and Terror in the Revolutionary Midi (1793-1795)” 



Closing Keynote Address

Saturday, Feb. 27, 4 PM EST/9 PM GMT

Alan Forrest, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of York

“The French Atlantic in the Age of Revolution: The View from France’s Port Cities”



2021 CRE Program Committee

Alexander Mikaberidze, Louisiana State University – Shreveport

Bryan Banks, Columbus State University

Denise Davidson, Georgia State University (Chair)

Jeff Burson, Georgia Southern University

Peter C. Messer, Mississippi State University




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