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HOTCUS Postgraduate and Early Career Conference 2020 Programme: “America at and beyond the ballot box”

Friday 18 September 2020

9:30-9:45: Welcome and Introduction

9:45-11:00: Panel 1 – Elections and Campaigns

Chair – Tom Tunstall Allcock (University of Manchester)

Grant Golub (LSE) – The Winds of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt, World War II, and the 1940 Presidential Election

Andrew Snodgrass (University of Cambridge) – “A Wide and Unhealthy Gap”: American Intellectuals and the People in the 1952 Election

Oscar Winberg (Åbo Akademi University) – “Maximum Media Attention”: Television, Liberals, and Political Campaigns in the 1970s

Elizabeth Rees (University of Oxford) – Running for First Lady: Modern Presidential Campaigning and the role of the First Lady

11:00-11:15: Break

11:15-12:15: Panel 2 – Inclusion and Exclusion

Chair – David Ballantyne (Keele University)

Esther Cyna (Columbia University) – “Convenient School Districts”: Reframing the History of Educational Inequity through the Lens of Disenfranchisement, 1901-1994

Jak Allen (University of Kent) – What is a “Desirable Citizen?” The Standards for Immigrants in the American Judiciary, 1915-1951

Stephen Colbrook (UCL) – “Don’t we deserve a shot at the American dream?”: The Gay Employment Rights Movement, AIDS, and the Institutionalization of LGBT Activism

12:15-1:15: Lunch

1:15-2:30: Panel 3 – Race and Suffrage

Chair – Lizzie Evens (UCL)

Laura McNabney (University of Strathclyde) – From Southern Belles to White Supremacists: Recontextualising the “New Southern Woman”, Suffrage and Race, 1890-1920

Jeanine Quené (University of Cambridge) – Conservative Women, Suffrage and the Politics of “Civilization”, 1890-1920

Sam Collings-Wells (University of Cambridge) – Channelling the “white backlash”: liberal non-profits and the politics of law-and-order, 1969-1982

Valeria Carbone (University of Buenos Aires) – The Voting Rights Act, 55 years later (1965-2020). The movement for a restricted republic and the ongoing struggle for voting rights in the United States of America

2:30-2:45: Break

2:45-3:45: Development Session – Online Teaching (in a Time of Coronavirus)

Christian O’Connell (University of Gloucestershire)

Megan King (University of Kent)

Nicola Martin (University of the Highlands and Islands)

Sinead McEneaney (Open University)

3:45-4:00: Break

4:00-5:00: Keynote – Iwan Morgan (UCL) ­– Communicator-in-Chief: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Re-invention of the Public Presidency

This conference is taking place online via Zoom. The panels sessions are based on pre-circulated papers. Please see for further information and to register (for free) for the event.

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