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CCHS graduate Conference 2017

“The PoPULAR AND/IN History”

Friday, April 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harris Hall 108 (Leopold Room), 1881 Sheridan Rd, Evanston

“The popular,” as a concept and existential state, has a long history. Frequently defined by democratic accessibility and reflection of consensus, the popular encompasses vast cultural forms—architecture, fashion, literature, art, entertainment, language, and politics, to name a few. Moreover, what attains the status of “popular” varies depending on historical context. Cultural historians have been particularly attentive to the ways in which popular forms are constructed and/or received, challenged and/or affirmed, and with what historical consequences. This conference invites scholars to grapple with the ways in which broad social forces interact to produce various cultural forms with mass appeal, and how those forms are challenged and dismantled or strengthened and sustained over time.

8:30—9: Coffee and Welcome

Welcome—CCHS Director Sarah Maza

Convener’s Introduction: Mariah Hepworth, CCHS Graduate Fellow

 9:00--10:15 a.m.: Panel 1 The Popular and The State

Alana TOULIN (NU), “‘Where to Eat No Longer a Worry’: Regulation and the Creation of the Modern Chicago Restaurant’”

Catherine HULSE (Queen Mary University London), “Will as a Popular Construct: Rousseau’s Solutions to Men’s Chains”

Chi Chi HUANG (Hong Kong University), “Poisoned Bread and Loathsome Pirates: British Perceptions of Early Colonial Hong Kong”

Commentator Tessie Liu; Chair Amanda Kleintopp

10:15--10:30 a.m.: Coffee Break

10:30--11:45 a.m.: Panel 2 Forms and Functions of Popular Culture

Elizabeth FRETWELL (University of Chicago), “Popular Style and Artisan Tailoring in West Africa”

Claire GREEN (QMUL), “Popular Music and the Northern Irish Troubles”

Mariah HEPWORTH (NU), "Making War Popular: D.W.Griffith's Hearts of the World"

Commentator Michael J. Kramer; Chair Aram Sarkisian  

11:45--12:30 p.m.: Catered LUNCH

12:30--2:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker, T.J. Jackson Lears (Rutgers University)  

            Lecture: “The Wild Card: Animal Spirits and the Calculating Self”

2:00--3:15 p.m.: Panel 3 Identity and Identification  

Amanda LANGLEY (QMUL), “The Popular Crowd in Heaven: The Visions of Agnes Blannbekin on How to Join Christ’s Clique”

Ruby DAILY (NU), “‘Anglo-World’ Sex: Transnational Modes of Fantasy, Community, Sexual Identity, and Sexology in Twentieth-Century North America and the Dominions” 

Emily VINE (QMUL), “Popular Fears of Unpopular Faiths: Religious Minorities and the Public Nature of Birth and Death in Early Modern London”

Commentator Ed Muir; Chair Bonnie Ernst  

3:15--3:30 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30--4:45 p.m.: Panel 4 Media and Public Understanding

M.J. MEERWIJK (HKU), “Topical Fevers?”

Kevin BAKER (NU), “‘Computer Looks Ahead and Shudders’: Popular Representations of Computers in the Limits to Growth Debate”

Jacqui SHINE (UC Berkeley), “Framed: Commercial photography, the Rogues’ Gallery and the making of the NYPD, 1840-1896”

Commentator Patrick Noonan; Chair Leigh Soares

4:45--5:30 p.m. Reception