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2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference on the Global Gulf
February 21-23, 2013

Given its past and present as a site of trans-national contact, conflict, and exchange, New Orleans is the ideal location for scholarly explorations of the Global Gulf. As a conceptual model, the Global Gulf invites scholarly inquiry that blurs traditional geographic, temporal, or disciplinary boundaries. This interdisciplinary conference encourages an examination the very real historical and contemporary networks linking the people and places of the Gulf Coast, Circum-Caribbean, American south and wider Atlantic World, however it also welcomes scholarship rooted in any and all geographic locales and time periods.

All events at the conference are free and open to the public.

Conference Organizing Committee
Jon Moore, Stephanie Parham, and Chris Willoughby

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Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium

7:00pm-10:00pm Keynote Address featuring Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson, Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and author of the award winning Soul by Soul: Inside the Antebellum Slave Market. Walter Johnson's keynote speech for the Global Gulf Conference will embed the history of slavery in the U.S. in the histories of global capitalism (especially the cotton trade and the Atlantic money market) and U.S. imperialism (the Louisiana Purchase, the Mexican War, and the illegal invasions of Cuba and Nicaragua in the 1850s). Following the keynote, there will be a reception in Woodward Way and a presentation by Dr. Edith Wolfe of the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies on Sandra Pani’s exhibition “De Ser Arbol 2008” in the Newcomb Gallery.

Friday, February 22, 2013 - Rogers Memorial Chapel

9:30am-11:00am Panel One: Imperial Designs: Visual and Narrative Representations of Colonial Cuba

Chair/Commentator: Dr. Marilyn Miller, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

  • Kate Mason, Tulane University, "The Art of Playing the Villain: Virtual Torture and Tourism in the Photographs of Black Men from Turn of the Century Cuba"

  • Robert Poister, University of Georgia, "Cuban Libres"

  • Matt Brennan, Tulane University, "The Imagined Empire: The United States, Cuban Space, and the Politics of Representation, 1815-1865"

1:00pm-2:30pm Panel Two: Performance and Action: Race, Identity, and Culture in and around New Orleans

Chair/Commentator: Dr. Joel Dinerstein, Department of English

  • Alix Riviere, Tulane University, "A Master and a Mistress: the Life of Joséphine Monnot"

  • Whitney Stewart, Rice University, "Fashioning Status in the French Market: Enslaved Women’s Clothing and the Performance of Freedom in Antebellum New Orleans"

  • Matt Joseph, University of Florida, "'We Won’t Bow, We Won’t Kneel:’ Negotiating a Black Identity within the Mardi Gras Indian Tradition, 1960-1980"

3:00pm-4:30pm Panel Three: Revolution and Recovery: Responses to Crisis throughout the Global Gulf

Chair/Commentator: Dr. Maureen Long, the Murphy Institute

  • Susan Deily-Swearingen, University of New Hampshire, "Northern Alabama Unionists and the ‘Republican Threat’ During Reconstruction: A Hypothesis"

  • Michael Deliz, University of Texas at Arlington, "A Comparative Study of Spanish Caribbean Reform Movements and Their Process of Radicalization: Cuba and Puerto Rico 1850-1870"

  • Kyle Carpenter, University of Texas at Arlington, "When Mexico Turned Inward: The Victory at Tampico and its Effect on Mexican Domestic Politics, 1829-1833"

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - Hebert Hall 201

10:00am-11:30am Panel Four: Navigating Transnational Spaces

Chair/Commentator: Dr. Jana Lipman, Department of History

  • Paige Prather, University of Mississippi, "A History of Resiliency: New Orleans East Vietnamese American Gardens and Fishing Community"

  • Liana DeMarco, University of Massachusetts-Boston, "Fashioning Landscapes and Difference: Environment and American Tourism in the Nineteenth Century"

  • Timothy Nelson, University of Texas at El Paso, "‘Black Owned’ Transnationalism: A Case for Agency and Paradigm Shift"

1:00pm-1:30pm Mid-Afternoon Presentation

  • Charles Lovell, Director of the Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, "A Visual History of New Orleans Second Lines: the Art of Procession"

1:45pm-3:15pm Panel Five: Community and Family in the Global Gulf

Chair/Commentator: Dr. Justin Wolfe, Department of History

  • Dan Castilow, Tulane University, "Becoming Trinidadian: Drumming for a Place in the Nation"

  • Carol Cleaver, University of South Alabama, "The Revolutionary Era American Family and its Representation in Public History: The Case of the George Wythe and his ‘Faithful Servant’"

  • Jonathan Fairchild, University of Houston, "The Jena Choctaw: A Comparative History of the Choctaw Diaspora"

3:30pm-5:00pm Panel Six: Jesuits, Aristocrats, and Pirates: Social, Cultural, and Economic Impacts in the Atlantic World

Chair/Commentator: Dr. Kris Lane, Department of History

  • Alejandra McCall, Western Carolina University, "The Influence of St. Ignatius in the Americas"

  • Frank McHone, Western Carolina University, "The British Atlantic Influence: How the Port of Charleston became London in the Colonial Era"

  • Phoebe Raulston, Western Carolina University, "The Complexity of Atlantic World Piracy in Regards to External Factors: Late 17th Century to Early 18th Century"

The Global Gulf Conference is presented by Tulane's History Graduate Student Association with generous funding and support from GSSA, the Gulf South Center, the History Department, the Murphy Institute, The D. W. Mitchell Lecture Series and the Provost's Faculty Seminars in Interdisciplinary Research, the Interdisciplinary Committee for Arts and Visual Culture, the English Department, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Payson Center, and the Department of Anthropology.


Congratulations to our 2015 award winners  

Race and Place in Central America  
Studying the history of a region without the inclusion of race may leave unanswered questions about its political and social evolution. To address what he considered a less-than-holistic view of Central America, Justin Wolfe, Tulane associate professor of history, has spent much of his career studying the dynamics of race in 19th-century Nicaragua.  [more...]

Getting Mexican History Right  
When history professor Colin MacLachlan decided on the topic for his latest two books, he looked back at the way he taught Mexican history in the past and thought that he needed to take a fresh look at the subject in order to “get it right.”  [more...]

Richard Teichgraeber publishes a new book on American intellectual life in the age of industrialization  
Professor Richard Teichgraeber had published a new book Building Culture: Studies in the Intellectual History of Industrializing America (U. of South Carolina Press, 2010). From the publisher: Building Culture expands on Teichgraeber's earlier work to offer important insights on the meanings of 'culture' in American intellectual history in the age of industrialization and sectional reunification. Teichgraeber makes particularly compelling use of two primary examples -- the elevation of Ralph Waldo Emerson as the chief voice of American culture for his generation and the infusion of American universities into public life as agencies of enlightening reform and academic freedom. This exploration of foundational episodes in the history of American culture is well grounded in the author's original research as well as thoughtful readings of the extant literature, and it is certain to be of great interest to scholars in history, literature, education, communication, American studies, and cultural theory.  [more...]

Tulane Faculty featured on "History Detectives"  
August 30, 2010, 8:00pm
Associate Professor Emily Clark will be featured as one of the on-screen experts on PBS's “History Detectives,” talking about New Orleans free people of color. The show airs at 8:00pm Central Time. Set your TIVOs!  [more...]

Linda Pollock receives Ruth Landes Memorial Fellowship  
Professor Linda Pollock received the Ruth Landes Memorial Fellowship for 2010, awarded to write a book on emotions and values in early modern England.  [more...]

Emily Clark receives ACLS Fellowship  
The American Council of Learned Societies awarded associate professor Emily Clark a fellowship to support research for her current book project, "The Strange History of the American Quadroon."  [more...]

Emily Clark receives History of Women Religious Book Award  
In June 2010, associate professor Emily Clark was awarded the Distinguished Book Award of the History of Women Religious Conference for her book Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society: 1727-1834 (Chapel Hill: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by the University of North Carolina Press, 2007).  [more...]

Jana Lipman Receives Mellon Professorship  
Congratulations to Prof. Jana Lipman for receiving a Andrew W. Mellon Young Professorship in the Humanities, awarded by the School of Liberal Arts on May 1, 2010. The professorship, in recognition of the quality of her research, is for a three-year appointment includes a stipend and research support.  [more...]

Department Meeting  
Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 3:30pm
Hebert 125D  [more...]

Marline Otte Receives Leibniz Summer Fellowship  
Prof. Marline Otte will hold a Leibniz Summer Fellowship 2010 at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Center for Contemporary History/Research) in Potsdam, Germany. The ZZF is one the major research centers on contemporary history in Germany.  [more...]

Justin Wolfe receives Weiss Presidential Fellowship  
Prof. Justin Wolfe was a recipient of the Weiss Presidential Fellowship--Tulane University’s highest award for undergraduate teaching. The fellowship was made possible thanks to a generous gift in 2006 from Stephen Weiss, a Tulane parent and board member, and his wife, Suzanne Weiss. The fellowship is a permanent designation. Honorees are nominated by students and then selected by a committee led by Tulane President Scott Cowen.

Randy J. Sparks receives 2008 Herbert Poole Writing Award  
Randy J. Sparks received the 2008 Herbert Poole Writing Award from the North Carolina Friends Historical Society for "'Women Professing Godliness': Mary Fisher, Sophia Hume, and the Quakers of Colonial Charleston" to be published in South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times edited by Majorie Spruill, Valinda Littlefield, and Joan Marie Johnson (forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press, 2009).

Lawrence Powell elected to Society of American Historians  
Lawrence Powell has been elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. The Society of American Historians combines in its membership both academic historians and professional writers of American history.  [more...]

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