Final Pre-Conference Highlights for #SHEAR13

As you may have read, the Junto is cross-posting some of the pre-conference highlights for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic’s (SHEAR’s) upcoming July conference in Saint Louis.

All highlights are courtesy of Aaron M. Brunmeier, a PhD student at Loyola University Chicago.

Enjoy the sneak-peaks, and get excited for the conference!

One ticket for the rollercoaster ride, please. Oh wait, that’s not a rollercoaster, it’s the early American economy! “‘Gone to Hell in a Hand Basket’: The Search for Stability in the Market Economy” (Panel No. 40) explores reactions to economic crisis and the means by which merchants, investors, and producers tried to re-establish order and stability in local markets in response to national and international events at SHEAR 2013 in St Louis (July 18-21). Panelists include Lawrence Hatter, William G. Lewis, Mike Snodgrass, and William Wagner.

Celebrities existed long before there was US Weekly and People Magazine. But how was celebrity made through print and how did celebrity representations shape the possibilities of identity for authors and readers? To find out more, check out “Celebrity Culture and Print in the Early Republic” (Panel No. 42) at SHEAR 2013 in St Louis (July 18-21). Panelists include Will Mackintosh, Lucia McMahon, and Peter P. Reed.

The conference begins in three days! You can also read this write-up over at the SHEAR Facebook page.

Aaron M. Brunmeier is a second year PhD student studying early American and Atlantic world history at Loyola University Chicago. Aaron’s research focuses on the public sphere in revolutionary New York, paying particular attention to the multivalent ways in which Americans fought over access to space, both discursive and physical. He also has broader interests in print culture, gender history, and digital history. Aaron is currently finishing up his role as the new media assistant for Common-place Journal and will now be working on an AHRC funded project on Atlantic world library history.


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