Talks

Upcoming Presentations

Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 2019

  • “‘Moth eatin’ Relics: Material Cultures of Slavery and Memory”

Recent Presentations

Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, April 2018. 

  • “The Material Culture of Occupation in the American Civil War”

ASA Material Culture Caucus Roundtable:Material Culture Pedagogy Across the Curriculum.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. November 11, 2017.

Across the Divide: Intermediality and American Art, Bowdoin College, Bowdoin, Maine, September 29-30, 2016,  

  • “Correct Habits of the Body: Clothing and the Everyday Politics of Emancipation”

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, D.C., July 14, 2016

People & Things on the Move, Paris, France, June 14-15, 2016

  • “‘Peeled’ Bodies, Pillaged Homes: Looting and Material Culture in the American Civil War”

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C., April 26, 2016 

  • “Buttons, Cockades, Grey Cloth & Rags: Material Culture & the American Civil War”

Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Meeting, Chattanooga, TN, Panel: Taking ThingsWeicksel-Smithsonian Seriously: Object Lessons from the Civil War Era, June 3, 2016

  • “Fitted Up for Freedom: The Material Culture of Refugee Relief”

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 14, 2016 

  • “The Power of Brass: Material Culture, Gender, and the American Civil War”

Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, April 9, 2016 

  • “The Material Culture of Leadership: A Workshop with Objects, Images, and Texts,” with Catherine Whalen, Shirley Wadja, David Jaffee, Marla Miller, & James Boyd Seaver, and Shirley Wajda

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, February 21-23, 2016

  • “Cultures of Military Clothing Production in the Civil War South”

Objects as Subjects: Material Cultures of the Civil War Era Conference, West Virginia University, Morgantown, VA, October 17, 2015

  • “The Dress of the Enemy: Clothing, Sanitation, and Disease in the Civil War Era”

American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Panel: “Violent Intimacies: Producing Racial Terror in American Visual and Material Culture,” Toronto, ON, October 9, 2015

  • “Material of Misery: Dress and Racial Violence in the Era of Emancipation”

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Panel: “War Material: Perspectives on the Study of the Material Culture of Conflict in the United States and Europe” (panel organizer)

  • “Clothed in Conflict: Clothing and Racial Violence in the American Civil War Era,” 2015

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

  • “To make war upon women”: Military Clothing Production, Gender and the American State, 1861-1873,” 2014

Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Panel: “Cloaked Histories,Contested Objects: Clothing, Commerce and Encounter in the Nineteenth Century,” co-sponsored by the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic (panel organizer)

  • “’The Costume of Freedom’: Clothing, Emancipation, and the American State,” 2014

Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Meeting, Panel: “Bodies at War: Material Perspectives on the American Civil War Era” (panel organizer)

  • “Clothing Contested Bodies: The Politics of Dress in the Post-War American South,” 2014

The Newberry Library, Civil War Symposium: The Northern Home Front

International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture (formerly PAS: APAL) Conference

-Recipient of Wilhelm-Keiffer Research Award in Material Culture

  • “From Home Front to Battlefield: Clothing and Technology in the American Civil War Era”The Newberry Library Colloquium

Smithsonian Institution, Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium: “Astride Two Ages: Technology and the Civil War”    

Fellowship Colloquium, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania

  • “The Fabric of War: Clothing, Culture and Violence in the American Civil War Era,” 2012

Social History Workshop, University of Chicago

  • “The Fabric of War: Clothing, Culture, and Violence in the American Civil War Era,” 2012

Object Cultures Project, Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory

  • “Dressing a Divided Nation: The Politics of Clothing in the American Civil War Era” at:  Show and Tell: A Conversation about Things, 2012
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