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MACBS Conference, Spring 2008

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29 March 2008, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

8-9 Registration

9-10:45 Session One

1) Special Session: Women's Agency in Early Modern England
Chair: Julie Taddeo (University of Maryland)
Gemma Allen (Oxford University) "Your Kind & No Symple Mothers Holsome Advyse": The Cooke Sisters and Female Counsel in Elizabethan England
Melissa Harkrider (Wheaton College) "Helping Forwardness": Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk, and Reform in Sixteenth Century Lincolnshire
Amanda Bilby (Johns Hopkins) "Guided by One Spirit": Agency, Identity and Gender among Early Quaker Missionaries
Rosemary O'Day (The Open University) Family Affairs: Women and the Furtherance of Family Interests in the later Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Comment: Amy Froide (UMBC)

10:45-11 Coffee

11-12:45 Session Two

2) Political Communities in Modern Britain
Sara Abosch
(Colby College) "Poverty and Madness-A Case for the Benevolen"’: the Shaping of Anglo-Jewish Charitable Contributions, 1840-1880
W.C. Lubenow (Stockton College of New Jersey) The Production, Reproduction and Communication of Trust: London's Clubs, 1850-1914
Gareth Jenkins (University College, London) The Local, Regional and National in Conflicting Conceptions of British Identity, 1880-1921
Chair and Comment: Tim Alborn (Lehman College, CUNY)

3) The Pastoral, the Urban, and the Nation
Kathrin Levitan
(William & Mary) The City and the Nation: Celebrating British Urban Life after 1848
Nanette Thrush (Chester College of New England) Caveat Emptor: History for Sale
Chair and Comment: George Robb (William Paterson)

4) Reading Late Nineteenth-Century Gender and Identity
Sue Ann Schatz
(Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania) How to be a Feminist Without Saying So: The New Woman and the New Man in Mary Cholmondeley’s Red Pottage
Michelle Davidson (University of Cincinnati) Performers to Remember: The Representation of Music in the Autograph Letters Scrapbook of Countess Katrine Cecilia Cowper
Anthony Lee (SUNY, Binghamton) Reading Richard Ellmann Writing Oscar Wilde
Chair and Comment: Laura Mayhall (Catholic University)

1-2:30 Lunch and Plenary Lecture
Mortgage, Marriage and Morals: The Relationship between Common Law and Equity in Early Enlightenment England
Julia Rudolph (University of Pennsylvania)
Chair: Lynn Botelho (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

2:30-4:15 Session Three

5) Politics and Policy in Twentieth Century Britain
Daniel Ritschel
(UMBC) The Morphology of Fascism: Explaining Sir Oswald Mosley's Ideology of British Fascism
Dorothy Kenny (UMBC) Seeing through Smoke: Sorting through the Science of British Environmental Policy following the 1952 London "Killer Smog"
Jeremy Sphar (UMBC) A Matter of Motive: British Mercenaries in Post-Colonial Africa
Chair and Commenter: b(Abington College, Penn State University)

6) Race, Status, and Authority in Medieval and Early Modern Britain
Peter Larson
(University of Central Florida) Sports, Games and the Changing Fear of Disorder in County Durham, 1377 to 1504
Yaroslav Prykhodko (University of Pennsylvania) On Form and Essence: The Mind-Body Dichotomy and Early Modern Racism
Anna Suranyi (Northeastern University) Barbadosed: The Kidnapping of Irish laborers to Serve the British Caribbean Colonies
Michael Conforti (Fordham University) Lord Mansfield, the Imperial Constitution and Campbell v. Hall
Chair and Comment: Philip J. Stern (American University)

7) Propaganda and Imperial Encounters
Charles Reed
(University of Maryland) Royal Tourists Encounter the Empire in South Africa and India, 1860-1875
Rebecca Matzke (Ripon College) Imperialists Like Us: Colonialist Themes in British Propaganda for Americans in the Great War
Chair and Comment: Dane Kennedy (George Washington University)

4:30-5:45 Session Four

8) Special Session: Roundtable Discussion on Seth Koven, Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London (Princeton, 2004)
Moderator: W.C. Lubenow (Stockton State)
Discussants: Dina Copelman (George Mason University); Nancy Ellenberger (United States Naval Academy); Sascha Auerbach (Virginia Commonwealth University); Bill Cohen (University of Maryland)
Respondent: Seth Koven (Rutgers University)

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