Onward, Philadelphia (and SHEAR 2014)



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Philadelphia postcard, 1900s (via SHEAR website)
The lazy, hazy days of summer aren't too lazy for those of us in the middle of moving boxes! I'm getting settled into Philadelphia this weekend, where I'll begin a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries as Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education at Bryn Mawr College, on July 1. There's a rich history of Catholic women's education in and around Philly, and I'm also excited to look into the history of Catholic women at the Seven Sisters while I'm exploring Bryn Mawr's College Archives and working on my book manuscript.

The move is especially well-timed for a summer conference of interest to many of us on this blog. SHEAR, the Society for Historians of the Early Republic, will hold its 36th Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Philadelphia July 17-20, 2014. For historians of American religion, there's much to recommend.

A full conference program has been posted online, and I've highlighted sessions of particular interest for RiAH readers, including presentations by blog contributors past and present:



FRIDAY, JULY 18 8:30-10:15 AM
BEYOND THE “EVANGELICAL THESIS”: RADICAL RELIGION IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC 

PRESIDING
Susan Juster, University of Michigan 

Joseph Smith: The Anti-”sectarian” Crusader 
Max Mueller, Harvard University, 

Domestic Order and Spiritual Authority in the Society of Universal Friends 
Paul B. Moyer, The College at Brockport: State University of New York 

Native Spirits, Shaker Visions: Speaking with the Dead in the Early Republic 
Erik R. Seeman, University at Buffalo 

COMMENT: Johann N. Neem, Western Washington University, and Susan Juster

FRIDAY, JULY 18 10:30 AM-12:15 PM
FAITH, POLITICS, AND LAW AFTER THE FOUNDING 

PRESIDING
Christopher Grasso, College of William and Mary 

The African Supplement: Corporate Law, Race, and Religion in Early National Philadelphia 
Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania 

The Founders Speak: Spiritualist Visitations from the Revolutionary Generation in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 
Ryan K. Smith, Virginia Commonwealth University 

The Myth of American Religious Coercion: The New Nation’s Un-official Religious Establishment and Its Paradoxes 
Chris Beneke, Bentley University 

COMMENT: Mary Kupiec Cayton, Miami University, and Christopher Grasso 

FRIDAY, JULY 18 12:15-2:00 PM
FOR GOD AND MAMMON: MISSIONARIES AND CONSULS IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC 

PRESIDING
Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University 

Citizens of the World? American Consuls and the Problem of Citizenship, 1789-1832 
Lawrence A. Peskin, Morgan State University 

Creating a Hierarchy of Heathenism: American Missionaries Map the World, 1790-1840 
Emily Conroy-Krutz, Michigan State University 

Commercially Informed: The Political Consequences of the Early American Consular Network in Asia 
Dael Norwood, Yale University 

COMMENT: Christine Heyrman, University of Delaware, and Rosemarie Zagarri 

SATURDAY, JULY 19 8:15-10:00 AM
EARLY AMERICAN CONTACT WITH THE MUSLIM WORLD 

PRESIDING 
Kariann Akemi Yokota, University of Colorado, Denver 

The Ideological Origins of U.S. Orientalism as an Antebellum Phenomenon 
Christopher L. Miller, University of Texas-Pan American 

“Depart from that Retired Circle”: Women’s Support of the Greek War for Independence and Antebellum Reform 
Maureen Connors Santelli, George Mason University 

American Muslim or Anti-Zionist Jew? George Bethune English in the Ottoman World 
Eric Covey, University of Texas at Austin 

COMMENT: Robert J. Allison, Suffolk University, and Kariann Akemi Yokota 

SATURDAY, JULY 19 8:15-10:00 AM
MOBILITY AND THE MAKING OF EARLY NATIONAL RELIGIOUS IDENTITY 

PRESIDING
Dee Andrews, California State University, East Bay 

A Nation of Circuits: Methodist Mobility and the Winning of the Frontier 
Charlie McCray, Florida State University 

Political Movement: Jews, Citizenship, and Difference in 1850s Europe and America 
Shari Rabin, Yale University 

To “become the pride of your patrons and the boast of religion”: Reputation, Law, and Gender in Ministerial Recruitment in the Early National Chesapeake 
Roy Rogers, The Graduate Center, CUNY 

COMMENT: Eric R. Schlereth, University of Texas, Dallas, and Dee Andrews

SATURDAY, JULY 19 10:15 AM -12:00 PM
RELIGION, RACE, AND THE LIMITS OF REFORM 

PRESIDING
Ruth Alden Doan, Hollins University 

Integrated Churches and the Politics of Race in the North, 1790-1820 
Richard Boles, City College of New York 

Gospel Bonds, Gospel Boundaries: Missionaries Grapple with Class, Race, and Cultural Difference on the Antebellum Prairie 
Joshua Rice, University of Missouri 

Subversive Geographies: Space and the Sacred in American Protestant Missions 
Andrew Witmer, James Madison University 

COMMENT: Jewel Spangler, University of Calgary, and Ruth Alden Doan

SUNDAY, JULY 20 10:30 -12:15 AM
THE USES AND MISUSES OF ANTI-CATHOLICISM: ABOLITIONISM, NUNNERIES, AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC AND ANTEBELLUM ERA 

PRESIDING
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame 

Elijah Lovejoy: Publishing, Faith, and Abolitionism in Early Nineteenth Century St. Louis 
Paula Hunt, University of Missouri 

Our Country, Our Women: Anti-Convent Propaganda and the Massachusetts Know-Nothing Party 
Cassandra L. Yacovazzi, University of Missouri 

“Reviving a Spirit of Controversy”: Anti-Catholic Origins of American Religious Freedom, 1787-1792 
Nicholas Pellegrino, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

COMMENT: Katie Oxx, St. Joseph’s University, and Kathleen Sprows Cummings

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Additionally, for graduate students, journal editors Dallett Hemphill (Ursinus College) and David Waldstreicher (Temple University) will be offering a session on submitting your first article. 


For complete conference details, visit the SHEAR website and follow SHEAR on twitter

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