American & New England Studies Program News

Genna Kane Accepted Into NEH Workshop

By Jenna BennettApril 29th, 2024

AMNESP PhD candidate Genna Kane has accepted a spot at the National Endowment for the Humanities workshop this summer, “New York as a Port City.” Congratulations, Genna! 


This first-time workshop for higher education faculty, advanced graduate students, and humanities professionals will examine the historical, cultural, economic, and environmental significance of New York City’s waterfront and ports of entry. Guided site visits include the South Street Seaport Museum, the lower Manhattan waterfront, the Port of Newark’s Container Terminal, the African Burial Ground National Monument, and the African American Maritime Heritage Program, among others. Across the week-long workshops, participants will examine New York’s port history through a variety of humanities disciplines and subject areas, including public history, environmental history, literature, ethnic studies, and the oceanic humanities.

Mary Snyder To Be Archives Intern at Whitney Plantation in Louisiana

By Jenna BennettMarch 20th, 2024

AMNESP PhD student Mary Snyder will be working as the archives intern for Whitney Plantation this summer, just outside of New Orleans. The 12-week project involves building the archives and access plans for an assemblage of early 20th century records that, until recently, had been collecting dust in the historic plantation store. Mary's work would also involve being part of the conversations around preserving/restoring the store. Executive Director Ashley Rogers aims to expand the interpretation the site beyond the period of enslavement and, of course, the first step is access to the primary sources.

Whitney Plantation is a non-profit museum dedicated to the history of slavery, situated on a historical sugar, indigo and rice plantation which operated from 1752-1975. The museum preserves over a dozen historical structures, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Whitney Plantation Historic District. 


Ianna Hawkins Owen Awarded Honorable Mention for Best LGBTQ Studies Article

By Jenna BennettMarch 12th, 2024

Ianna Hawkins Owen's (English) essay "More: Cake, Feedism, and Asexuality" from Social Text (Vol. 40, No. 2) has received honorable mention for the Crompton-Noll Prize for Best LGBTQ Studies Article from the ASA's Q/T Caucus and the MLA's GLQ Caucus! Congratulations, Dr. Owen! 

The Crompton-Noll Award for best essay in lesbian, gay, queer studies in the modern languages/literatures pays tribute to Louis Crompton, who passed away in 2009, and Dolores Noll (Kent State University), two early scholar/activists who helped found the gay and lesbian caucus of the MLA. The award recognizes the important work of lesbian, gay, and queer studies in the modern languages and the history that has helped make this current work possible.

Perri Meldon to Participate in Roundtable at NCPH-UHS 2024

By Jenna BennettMarch 7th, 2024

AMNESP PhD candidate Perri Meldon will be participating in the “All Water Has a Perfect Memory”: Waterways, Ritual, and Commemoration roundtable at the National Council on Public History and the Utah Historical Society 2024 joint conference. The roundtable will be held on Friday, April 12th from 8:30-10:00AM at the Granite Conference Center, Salt Lake City.

To learn more and register, click here.

This roundtable takes Toni Morrison’s words, “All Water Has a Perfect Memory,” as our starting point. Our respective research explores sites of memory and the layered memories that accumulate over time. We argue that the places themselves are central to the rituals and memorialization practices that accrete, and such activities cannot be understood without the physical act of being there. As public historians, we imagine water as both a literary technique and ecological feature in our work. Its fluidity and ever-shifting currents, tides, and shorelines allow us to draw metaphors about and build deeper understandings of the people who derive meaning from waterways.