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Graduate conference 2023

Graduate Student Conference—June 2, 2023 in Harris 108, Evanston campus

“Commercial Networks: Connections, Conflicts, Exchanges”

convened by Claire ARNOLD (T.H. Breen Fellow at the CCHS)

Preliminary PROGRAM

9:00- 9:30 Welcome and Breakfast

Welcome: Amy Stanley, CCHS Director

Convenor’s Introduction: Claire C Arnold, T.H. Breen Fellow

9:30- 11:00 Panel 1: Cosmopolitan and International Networks

Chair: Lauren Cole (Northwestern)

Commentator: Professor Melissa Macauley (Northwestern)

Aisha VALIULLA (Northwestern)- “The Sea Seems to You Like a Blazing Fire”: Wonder, Commerce, and the Indian Ocean world in Akhbār al-Ṣīn wa’l-Hind

Wesley GAINES (U Chicago) “With The Remotest Peoples”: The Social Networks of Hamburg-Bremen’s legatio gentium

Weiliang SONG (Northwestern) - The Chinese Commercial Networks in Nanyang in the 1600s and 1700

Jacob SMILEY (UC Berkeley) – "A Vast Question Mark:" American Capital and the First Five-Year Plan.

11:00- 11:15 Break

11:15- 12:45 Panel II: Networks Within and Around Empires

Chair: Emily Lyon (Northwestern)

Commentator: Professor Peter Thilly (University of Mississippi)

Claire ARNOLD (Northwestern) – The Evolving Family Enterprise in the British World

Andrew BELLAMY (Rutgers) – Dishonorable Traffics? Smuggling and Capitalism across the British Indo-Pacific World

Heather MENEFEE (Northwestern) - Dakota People’s Economic Life under Occupation, 1858-61

Govind NARAYAN (Northwestern)- Nervous Networks: Reading Infrastructures in Bleak House

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30- 3:00 Keynote

Sarah PEARSALL (John Hopkins) “Networks and Nations in the Eighteenth Century”

3:00- 3:15 Break

3:15- 4:45 Panel III: The Limits of Commercial Networks

Chair: Mikala Stokes (Northwestern)

Commentator: Professor Susan Pearson (Northwestern)

Theodore JANSEN (University of Cincinnati) A “Dreadful Visitation of Providence”: The 1840 Natchez Tornado and the Formation of a National Relief Network

Madelyn LUGLI (Northwestern) - The Commercial Affairs of Foreign Affairs 

John BRANCH (Northwestern) Blood Work: Hepatitis, Consumer Protection, and the End of Paid Blood Donation in the 1970s United States


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