EMSI-William and Mary Quarterly Workshop

May 26, 2011

Special Event: 7:30 p.m.
Friends’ Hall, The Huntington Library
Mary Beth Norton
, Cornell University
Lady Frances Berkeley and Grace Crosby: Aristocratic Women and the Changing Political Culture of Early Anglo-America


May 27, 2011

Overseers' Room, the Huntington Library

9:00–9:30 Coffee

9:30–10:00 • Welcome and Introduction
Welcome: Peter Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute, and Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly
Conveners’ Introduction: Terri Snyder, California State University, Fullerton

10:00–11:00 • Session 1
Chair: Peter Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute
Sharon Block, University of California, Irvine
Bodies of Women: Deconstructing Women’s Physical Appearance in Colonial Print
Sarah Knott, Indiana University • Respondent

11:00–12:00 P.M. • Session 2

Chair: Peter Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute
Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, University of California, Davis
Women, Auctions, and Economic Power in Early America
Lisa Forman Cody, Claremont McKenna College • Respondent

12:00–1:00 • Session 3
Chair: Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly
Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin
“For Sale A Young Negro Woman”: Auctions, Breeding, and Enslaved Women in Early America
Susan Sleeper-Smith, Michigan State University • Respondent

1:00–2:30 • Lunch

2:30–3:00 • Session 4
Chair: Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly
Sarah Pearsall, Oxford Brookes University
Beyond One Man and One Woman: A History of Early American Polygamy
Susanah Shaw Romney, The Huntington Library, Respondent

3:30–4:00 • Coffee

4:00–5:00 Session 5
Chair: Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly
Jennifer Manion, Connecticut College
Against Marriage: Desire, Dependency, and the Family in Early American Punishment
Kirsten Sword, Indiana University • Respondent


May 28, 2011

Overseers' Room, the Huntington Library

8:30–9:00 • Coffee

9:00–10:00 • Session 6

Chair: Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly
Kirsten Sword, Indiana University
Wives not Slaves: Marriage and the Invention of the Modern Order
Sarah Pearsall, Oxford Brookes University • Respondent

10:00–11:00 • Session 7
Chair:  Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly
Sarah Knott, Indiana University
Witnessing Women in an Age of Revolutions
Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, University of California, Davis • Respondent

11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. • Session 8
Chair: Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly
Lisa Forman Cody, Claremont McKenna College
The Other “Glorious Cause”: Adultery, Divorce, and the Quest for Female Independence in the Revolutionary Atlantic World
Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin • Respondent

12:00–1:30 • Lunch

1:30–2:30 • Session 9
Chair:  Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly
Susan Sleeper-Smith, Michigan State University
Agrarian Landscapes: Indian Women and the Making of an Indian World in the Great Lakes
Sharon Block, University of California, Irvine • Respondent

2:30–3:00 • Coffee

3:00–4:00 • Session 10
Chair:  Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly
Susanah Shaw Romney, The Huntington Library
Intimate Ground: Women, Intimacy, and Claims to Space in the Early Modern Dutch Empire
Jennifer Manion, Connecticut College • Respondent

4:00–5:00 • Final Discussion
Terri Snyder, California State University, Fullerton
Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly

The WMQ-EMSI Workshops are sponsored by the University of Southern California-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (with financial support from the Salvatori Forum at USC and the Mellon Foundation) and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and are hosted by the Huntington Library and the University of Southern California.


Presenters’ papers are precirculated among the workshop participants. In each hour-long session devoted to a particular paper, brief respondents’ comments will be followed by thirty minutes of discussion among the participants. Audience members will then be invited to join the conversation. Registration is limited; requests for registration and access to the workshop papers should be sent to Kelly Crawford (kscraw@wm.edu).