The History Department of Rutgers University is hosting a one day conference in appreciation of Professor John R. Gillis on February 20, 2004. The conference will be held at the Rutgers Student Center’s Graduate Student Lounge, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ.
The conference in honor of John’s retirement is entitled “Kith & Kin: Personal Relationships and Cultural Practices, 1830-1980”.
In his long and distinguished career, John Gillis has produced numerous monographs and edited collections including: Youth And History: Tradition And Change In European Age Relations, 1770-Present; For Better, For Worse: British Marriages, 1600 To The Present; A World Of Their Own Making: A History Of Myth And Ritual In Family Life; Commemorations: The Politics Of National Identity; The Prussian Bureaucracy In Crisis, 1840-1860: Origins Of An Administrative Ethos; The Militarization Of The Western World; The Development Of European Society, 1770-1870. His current project, forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan is entitled Islands of the Mind and is a blending of cultural geography and history.
There is no formal registration for the conference and there will be a reception in the evening to which all are welcome.
The Program follows below. If you need any further information, please contact:
Pat McDevitt of the University at Buffalo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rick Jobs of Pacific University (email@example.com ).
8:00 – 8:45 Welcome & Overview
Richard L. McCormick, President Rutgers University
Richard I. Jobs (Pacific University), Personal Relationships and Cultural Practices
8:45-10:15 -- Structure of Community in London
Chair: Al Howard (Rutgers University)
Benjamin J. Lammers (Caldwell College), "No Jews Allowed Down Wapping": Territory and Community in London's East End, 1905-1939
Nicoletta F. Gullace (University of New Hampshire), Ethnicity in the East End: Civic Expulsion, Neighborhood Politics, and the Lusitania Riots of 1915
Ellen Ross (Ramapo College of New Jersey), Women, Religion, and Friendship Across Classes in London, 1860-1940
Commentator: Matt Matsuda (Rutgers University)
10:15-10:30 - Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:45 -- Work & Family
Chair: Belinda Davis (Rutgers University)
Theodore Koditschek (University of Missouri), ‘Genius’ and the Household Mode of intellectual Production: 1830-1885
Tammy M. Proctor (Wittenberg University), Family Ties in the Making of Modern Intelligence
Commentator: Bonnie Smith (Rutgers University)
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch Break with Keynote at 12:30
1:15-2:45 -- Immigration and Identity
Chair: Robert Scally (New York University)
Laura Tabili (University of Arizona), "Having Lived Beside Them All the Time": Negotiating National Identities Through Personal Networks"
David A. Gerber (University at Buffalo), Acts of Deceiving and Withholding in British Immigrant Letters
Eliga H. Gould (University of New Hampshire), An Interior Ocean? The Problem of Community in British Atlantic History
Commentator Robert Tignor (Princeton University)
2:45-3:00 - Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:30 -- Negotiating Family and Empire
Chair: Michael Adas (Rutgers University)
Erika Rappaport (University of California, Santa Barbara), 'The Bombay Debt': Letter Writing, Domestic Economies and Family Conflict in Colonial India
Anna Clark (University of Minnesota), Orphans in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Children of the State or Children of the Community?
Malia B. Formes (Western Kentucky University), Post-Colonial Domesticity Amid Diaspora: Home and Family in the Lives of Two English Sisters from India
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