SHEAR 2016: Graduate Research Seminars

SHEAR is pleased to open registration for the 2nd annual graduate student research luncheon seminars.  Reserve your spot for a free catered luncheon facilitated by two senior scholars in the field on Friday, July 22, 2016.

These seminars permit grad students and senior faculty to discuss common themes, important areas of research, and the challenges faced by scholars in the field.  Conversations in each group may turn alternately to subjects like archives, methodologies, and important secondary literature in their area. Best of all, these seminars help participants to network amongst like-minded scholars, and to find potential partners for organizing panels for future conferences.

Eligibility:

  • The program and lunch are free, but you must be registered for the conference.
  • You need to be currently enrolled in a graduate program or have received an AY 2015-2016 degree.
  • If necessary, preference will be given to those who did not participate in last year’s graduate seminars and who do not already appear on the conference program.

Sessions:

  • Capitalism, Labor, and Political Economy with Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor (UC Davis) and Joshua Rothman (University of Alabama)
  • Slavery and Race Formation with Thavolia Glymph (Duke University) and Craig Steven Wilder (MIT)
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality with Kathleen Brown (University of Pennsylvania) and Erica Armstrong Dunbar (University of Delaware)
  • Politics and Political Culture with Francois Furstenberg (Johns Hopkins University) and Rosemarie Zagarri (George Mason University)

Each session is limited to 12 students. We will try to assign participants to their first choice; but if that session fills early, we will try to accommodate participants in other sessions. For the best chance of participation, complete the form (found at the Annual Meeting tab on the SHEAR homepage) by June 1 and email a one-page dissertation abstract to ceastman@vcu.edu.

SHEAR 2016: Graduate Student Travel Awards

Once again in 2016, SHEAR will offer Graduate Student Travel Awards. These awards are intended to provide assistance with conference participation for graduate students who have papers accepted to the annual meeting program. As in previous years, SHEAR will make eight gifts of $250 each to help subvent the costs of participation in the annual meeting. In addition to the $250 grant, each award recipient has her or his conference registration fee waived and receives one ticket to the Saturday banquet. Grant recipients are expected to join SHEAR in return for receiving their awards.

Applicants should wait until they have heard from the Program Committee as to whether their paper has been included in the forthcoming conference program. Once confirmed, please send an email to the conference coordinator (robyn.davis@millersville.edu) in which you indicate 1. your paper title, 2. the name of your dissertation adviser and institutional affiliation, and 3. a brief explanation of the relationship between your proposed presentation and your larger scholarship.

The application deadline for the 2016 conference is March 18, 2016.

SHEAR 2016 Plenary Session with Hamilton Playwright & Star Lin-Manuel Miranda

Greetings SHEAR members!

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s SHEAR plenary will feature an interview with Hamilton playwright and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. His schedule unfortunately will not permit him to join us in New Haven, but he has graciously agreed to a filmed interview, which will be shown during the conference plenary, and followed by a panel discussion. This unusual format affords us an opportunity: We invite you to send us questions for the interview. Of course, it is likely that there will be time to pose only a small selection of questions, but we’d like the interview to reflect the interests and thoughts of SHEAR members.

Please send your questions to HamforSHEAR@gmail.com by March 25th.

See you in New Haven this July!

Joanne B. Freeman and Brian Murphy