It is spring in Oxford and things are looking up, not least because we have four varied and fascinating OxEARS seminar presentations to round off the academic year. The OxEARS term begins on Wednesday of 2nd Week with a webinar to celebrate the publication of a new book, Unfree Markets: The Slaves’ Economy and the Rise of Capitalism in South Carolina, by University of Virginia professor Justene Hill Edwards. In 4th Week, we head west with a paper on the Missouri Crisis from legal historian and University of Minnesota professor Aaron Hall. Postgraduate students are always a staple of our speaker list, and in 6th Week we’re fortunate to welcome Alina Scott from UT Austin to discuss Wampanoag women’s petitions in the era of Indian Removal. Our final speaker of this academic year, in 8th Week, will be Professor Frank Garmon of Christopher Newport University, whose paper explores wealth and economic growth in the early republic.
All of our events take place on Wednesdays at 4.30pm London time, which is five hours ahead of New York, six hours ahead of Chicago, and eight hours ahead of San Francisco. We welcome all scholars who are interested in the early American republic, whatever their career stage. Zoom links for every session and pre-circulated papers will go out via our mailing list a few days before. If you are not yet on the mailing list and would like to be, please email Grace Mallon (she/her) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week 2: Wednesday 5th May, 4.30pm BST
Book talk with Justene Hill Edwards (UVA), Unfree Markets: The Slaves’ Economy and the Rise of Capitalism in South Carolina (Columbia University Press, 2021)
Week 4: Wednesday 19th May, 4.30pm BST
Aaron R. Hall (UMN), ‘The Missouri Crisis of Constitutional Authority’ (pre-circulated paper)
Week 6: Wednesday 2nd June, 4.30pm BST
Alina I. Scott (UT Austin), ‘Contextualizing Wampanoag Women’s Petitions in the Era of Removal, 1800-1835’ (presentation – no pre-circulated paper)
Week 8: Wednesday 16th June, 4.30pm BST
Frank W. Garmon (Christopher Newport University), ‘Wealth and Economic Growth in the Early American Republic, 1775-1815’ (pre-circulated paper)