Graduate History Association at Vanderbilt

Annual GHA Conference

The Annual Graduate History Association Conference is a full day graduate student conference that invites speakers from across the United States to present their work. The conference features a keynote address from a professor in the Vanderbilt History department. Themes for the conference change each year. The conference is free and open to all Vanderbilt students.

Please join us on Friday, February 21 for the 4th Annual Graduate History Association Conference .

Threats: Real and Imagined
Friday, February 21, 2014
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

For further information, please contact or @GHA_vanderbilt.


All conference events will be held in the Student Life Center, located at 310 25th Avenue South, on Vanderbilt’s main campus. Some panel times have changed due to last night’s extreme weather

8:30am – 9:00am SLC Meeting Room 3, Registration and coffee
9:00am – 9:30am SLC Meeting Room 3, Welcome and opening remarks

9:30am – 11:30am Panels 1 and 2 (Run simultaneously)

Religious Threats SLC Meeting Room 1: Commentator: Dr. Peter Lake

  • Reginald Pecock’s Repressor and the Struggle for Orthodoxy – Sean Bortz, Vanderbilt University
  • “The most sacred values are in danger”: Aesthetics and Confessional Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany – Carla Heelan, Harvard University
  • The Free Church Gathered in the Shadow of the Third Reich: The Fifth Baptist World Congress – Blake McKinney, University of Alabama

A Threatening Global Dynamic? The U.S. in the World SLC Meeting Room 2, Commentator: Dr. Thomas Schwartz

  • “Going Personally Abroad to Negotiate—It’s Just Damn Stupid”: Personal Diplomacy as a Threat – Tizoc Chavez, Vanderbilt University
  • Polar Bear or Taper Tiger? How Soviet Threat to China Shaped Sino-American Rapprochement – Kazushi Minami, University of Texas at Austin
  • Combating a “Hideous Reality”: Nutrition and Relief in Central Europe after the Great War, 1918-1922 – Paul Niebrzydowski, The Ohio State University
  • Internal, External, or Technological? Threat Perceptions in the Negotiation of SALT II – Matthew Ambrose, The Ohio State University

12:00pm – 1:00pm SLC Meeting Room 3, Lunch and keynote address
Lunch registration is now closed.

  • “Human Bioenhancement: Apocalyptic Threat or Just the Groovy Next Phase of Evolution?” – Dr. Michael Bess, Chancellor’s Professor of History

1:30pm – 3:30pm Panel 3
Threats in the Nascent United States SLC Meeting Room 1 or 2, Commentator: Dr. Daniel Usner

  • Radicalism in the Cityscape: Fear and Jacobinism in New York City, 1795-1805 – Muiris MacGiollabhui, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • “Ravages of the Daring and Unprincipled”: American Merchants and Issues of Threat in the Caribbean Trade, 1790-1807 – Bruce Spadaccini, William Patterson University
  • ‘Male Dove, Female Hawk:’ Understanding Depictions of Black Female Sexuality in Antebellum New Orleans – Noel Voltz, The Ohio State University
  • Timothy Pickering, the Northern Confederacy Plot and New England Federalism – Kevin Vrevich, Binghamton University

4:00pm – 5:30pm Benson Hall Lobby, Reception

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