Trinity 2020 Term Card

Seminars may be the last thing on our minds at the moment, but we have decided to run OxEARS remotely this term as an opportunity to learn, share, and keep in touch with recent developments in our field despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We hope our friends and colleagues around the world will consider joining us every other Wednesday at 4.30pm BST to hear from our fantastic speakers, whose dates, topics, and biographies are laid out below. We are very pleased to have been able to reschedule Lawrence Hatter (Washington State) and Nicholas Cole (Oxford), whose sessions were cancelled last term due to the strike action, alongside Alys Beverton, who joins us from Oxford Brookes to talk about Confederate foreign policy, and Kelly Sharp (Luther College), who is presenting research from her book project on food, race, and labour in antebellum Charleston.

The link to join the seminar will be sent out via our mailing list on the day of the meeting. If you are not yet signed up, please email

Week 2: Wednesday 6th May, 4.30pm

Lawrence Hatter (Washington State), ‘The Past Isn’t Past: An Indigenous History of the U.S.-Canadian Border’

Dr Hatter received his PhD from the University of Virginia in 2011, and is the author of Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canadian Border (University of Virginia Press, 2016).

Week 4: Wednesday 20th May, 4.30pm

Nicholas Cole (Oxford), ‘Impeachment at the Founding’

Dr Cole is a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford, and director of the Quill Project, a digital project exploring the creation of constitutions and other negotiated texts through formal parliamentary processes. 

Week 6: Wednesday 3rd June, 4.30pm

Alys Beverton (Oxford Brookes), ‘”Damn The Yankee Imperialists”: Reconsidering Confederates’ Hemispheric Visions during the U.S. Civil War’

Dr Beverton recently received her PhD from University College London, where she wrote about the relationship between the United States and Mexico during and after the American Civil War. She is now a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

Week 8: Wednesday 17th June, 4.30pm

Kelly Sharp (Luther College), ‘Bowls and the Meaning of Race: Dining in Antebellum Charleston’

Dr Sharp is assistant professor of Africana Studies and History at Luther College. Her manuscript, under contract with Cambridge University Press, is tentatively titled Provisioning Charleston: Food, Race, and Labor in the Antebellum Lowcountry. She has an article forthcoming in Agricultural History (summer 2020) on African-American contributions to the Lowcountry’s postbellum truck farming industry.

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