I am seeking an additional panelist, chair, and commentator for a panel on Lynching Rhetoric and Culture for the 2007 Southern Historical Association Conference in Richmond, VA (Oct. 31-Nov. 3). The goal of the session is to explore the ways in which evolving cultural concepts (religion, democracy, natural law doctrines, etc.) were used to both support and undermine lynching culture.
I am looking for a panelist whose field of study includes lynching culture in the New South. My colleague's paper explores the role of religious beliefs and European cultural forces in early American lynching and extralegal violence. My paper examines British and American debates about southern lynching and the meaning of democracy in the mid-nineteenth century.
A third presentation with a transnational perspective would be interesting, but I would be open to presentations on any aspect of lynching rhetoric or the culture of extralegal violence. If you would be interested in participating, please contact me via email.
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