Archival Report from Matthew Pethers, Eccles Centre Fellowship Recipient 2015

By accessing the British Library’s unrivalled holdings in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature I was able to map a much broader novelistic engagement with colonial America than that familiar from a handful of much-discussed texts like Aphra Behn’s Oronooko (1688) and Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders (1722), writes Matthew Pethers, Eccles Centre Fellow 2015. The archives also…

Report from Nicola Martin, Eccles Centre Postgraduate Award in North American Studies recipient 2015

The Eccles Centre fellowship has greatly enriched my transatlantic PhD project which examines the impact of the Jacobite uprising of 1745-46 on British imperialism in North America in the years preceding the American Revolution, says Nicola Martin, Eccles Centre Postgraduate Award in North American Studies recipient 2015. I undertook a ten day research trip at…

Report from Allison M. Stagg, Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellowship in North American Studies 2015

The Eccles Centre fellowship supported my monograph on early American print culture and political caricature between 1790 and 1830, says Allison M. Stagg, Eccles Centre fellow 2015. There has been scarce scholarship on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth- century political American caricature and my research sifts through largely uncatalogued and rare material, including the caricatures themselves,…

What’s next? A Report from Katerina Webb-Bourne, BAAS Postgraduate Representative

As the newly elected postgraduate representative for BAAS I hope to build on the success of my predecessor Rachael Alexander by developing the networking and professional development opportunities for postgraduates via U.S. Studies Online and events, writes Katerina Webb-Bourne. I am currently working on a manifesto that addresses the immediate needs of the wider postgraduate community,…

BAAS and IAAS Join Conference, Queens University Belfast

“And what honours they would turn out to be”: Organiser’s Report of the 2016 joint IAAS and BAAS conference by Philip McGowan

At the 61st annual BAAS conference and the 46th annual IAAS conference, our associations cemented alliances forged over recent years of renewed co-operation between members, writes outgoing IAAS Chair and IBAAS organiser Philip McGowan. IBAAS16 rearranged the usual order of things at BAAS and IAAS conferences (in more ways than one) to fit in its 95 panels and 300…

Report from Marie Pecorari, Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellow in North American Studies

My research stay at the British Library was instrumental in helping advance my monograph on the intersection between the American funeral industry and performance history, says Marie Pecorari, Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellow in North American Studies. These resources helped me examine the tensions and overlap between social rituals and aesthetics furthering Jessica Mitford’s claim…