Purdue University: Remaking American Political History

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Purdue University: “Remaking American Political History”


Over the past two decades, an interdisciplinary examination of American political history has produced scholarship that explores the expansive spheres in which Americans engage in politics and relate to one another and the state. Now is the time to build on momentum in the field with a transformative conference that brings together cutting-edge scholarship with new forms of engagement. This conference will bring political historians into conversation with one another and the broader public and grapple with the idea of what it means to study American political history. It will create opportunities to build networks, share new research, debate ideas, think about the implications of this research in our contemporary setting, and discuss strategies for public engagement. This conference aims to rethink the parameters of American political history and remake the ways in which we disseminate historical scholarship within and outside the academy.

This conference, “Remaking American Political History,” encourages a diversity of approaches and perspectives while cultivating opportunities for robust dialogue that will continue to expand the field in new ways. It will launch conversations
about connecting research to the broader public and provide platforms to do just that by inviting political journalists and outlets like C-SPAN, Backstory, Past Present Podcast, Public Seminar, Bunk, the Washington Post’s Made By History, and more. By including new media formats and individuals who serve as bridges between scholars and the broader public, this conference will address the question of how historians adjust to the abundance of digital opportunities for scholarship, publication, and engagement while confronting the reality of collapsing academic support.

JMC fellow David Houpt will be participating in the roundtable, “The 1790s Then and Now.”

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7:30 AM – Friday, June 7, 2019, 5:00 PM
Stewart Center and Purdue Memorial Union • Purdue University

Open to the public

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David HouptDavid Houpt is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His research and teaching interests include Revolutionary America, Colonial America, the early American Republic, the Enlightenment, the Atlantic world, political culture, and historical memory. Professor Houpt’s most recent book project uses an analysis of evolving forms of political mobilization in Pennsylvania to explore the struggle to define the nature of self-government in Revolutionary America. By reconceptualizing the late eighteenth-century as a transition between two “deliberative regimes,” the book seeks to provide a new framework for understanding how the boundaries of American democracy formed. He has also begun research for a project which will focus on violence in the South in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-centuries.

Professor Houpt is a Jack Miller Center fellow.

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