The BAAS Public Engagement and Impact Award (awarded February 2017) allowed me to organise an extensive public event programme for the Journey to Justice exhibition at the National Justice Museum, writes Hannah-Rose Murray.
The BAAS Peter Parish Award allowed me to undertake archival research in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia on the connections between the Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution, writes Jonathan Singerton. Without this valuable time I would not have been able to complete the final chapters of my PhD which focus on the economic, migration and constitutional links in early US-Habsburg relations.
At the 62nd annual BAAS conference, gender equality and diversity was at the forefront of discussion, writes BAAS organisers Lydia Plath and Gavan Lennon. This year’s BAAS prioritised ecological sustainability through a dedicated conference mobile app and showed a commitment to inclusivity by discouraging men-only panels.
The British Library archives on 1980s liberal champion Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY.) were fundamental to my research into liberalism in Reagan’s America, writes Joe Ryan-Hume, Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellow. Looking into Moynihan’s papers on Social Security has helped me to contest the argument that the history of 1980s liberalism is one of incompetence and ineffectiveness.
During my time as an Eccles Centre U.S. Visiting Fellow I was able to access rare first-person accounts from eyewitnesses to the turbulent history around the struggle for independence in Guiana, the former British colony in South America, writes Gaiutra Bahadur.
As I enter my first year as Early Career Representative for BAAS, a priority of my agenda is to help members combat the isolation, demoralisation, and demotivation that can sometimes plague this stage of the academic career, writes Rachel Williams. Following on from the launch of the Adam Matthew Digital essay prize and BAAS Survey pioneered by my predecessor Ben Offiler, I plan to support the early career community through a series of events, such as peer-review workshops, that will help ECRs maintain momentum and enthusiasm in their research, and build a sense of community and solidarity among young scholars of American Studies in this country.
As the new EAAS representative for BAAS, I hope to build on the success of my predecessor Martin Halliwell by forging stronger connections and knowledge-sharing between the members of BAAS and EAAS, writes Sue Currell. During my term I will be looking at best-practice in EAAS as an organization, as well as offering my knowledge of outreach, inclusivity and media communications as a former Chair of BAAS.