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12th Annual UMD History Graduate Student Association Conference

2nd Floor Taliaferro Hall
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Power and Persuasion: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Constructing and Contesting Legitimacy

Session One: 9:00am-10:30am: The Contested Nation

A European Nation? The Concept of Europe and German Nationalism's Struggle for Legitimacy during the Second World War. 
Josh Klein, University of Maryland
 
Theater of the Absurd: Idi Amin, Legitimacy, and Insanity  Politics During the  Cold War.
Christian Ruth, University of Kentucky
 
The Wilsonian Moment in Ottoman Turkey, 1918-1920.
Akbaba Turgay, University of North Carolina
 
Winds of Change  in Late Antiquity
 
'Abd Allah b. As'ad and Umayyad Egypt: Network Visualization of 8th C. Arabic Papyri with R.
Kyle Brunner, New York  University
 
Delegitimizing and Re-legitimizing the Merovingian  Dynasty: c. 751-870 AD.
Dallas Grubbs, Catholic University of America
 
Oeconomia (non) Est, Stulte: A Syrian Merchant's View of the  Late Roman  Economy
Nicholas Seetin, University of Maryland
 
Session Two: 10:40am-12:10pm: At the Intersection of Church and Polity
 
Legitimating Legal Authority and Sanctity in the Cult of Raimondo  Palmerio.
Shane MacDonald, Catholic University of America
 
Konstantinus Episkopos: Constantine as "The Bishop of Those Outside the Church."
Edward Mason, University of Kentucky
 
How were  Norman  and  Anglo-Saxon traditions
of illegitimacy impacted by the Norman Conquest and  papal  reform?
Timi Sgouros, SUNY Binghamton
 
Dignity and Identity in African American Life
 
Cleanliness is Next to Citizenship: National Negro Health Week and  the  Definition of Health.
Paul Braff, Temple University
 
The Life We March For: Contested Legitimacy in the   Freddie  Gray Demonstrations.
Erin Durham, University of  Maryland
 
Breaking the Cycle: The Socioeconomic factor, Respectability Politics, and  HIV/ AIDS.
Aishah Scott, SUNY Stony Brook
 
Keynote Speaker: 1pm- 2:30pm
Black Litigants: Rethinking Race and the Law in the Antebellum American South"
Kimberly Welch, Vanderbilt University
 
Session Three: 2:40pm-4:10pm: The Values of Life (and  Death)
 
All Men Must Die: Forging Legitimacy through Eighteenth-Century   Funereal   Culture.
Dusty Dye, University of Maryland
 
Regulating Indigenous Commerce in 17th Century New Spain.
Kimberly  Hursh, University  of Virginia
 
The Force of Public Opinion: History, Antislavery and the Debate Over Indemnification in 1880s Rio de Janeiro.
Sergio Pinto-Handler, SUNY Stony Brook
 
Undergraduate Workshop
Democratic Eleutheria: Exploring the Philosophy of Freedom in Aristotle and Aristophanes.
William Soergel, University  of Maryland
 
Resurrecting the Goddess Ashera through Archaeology and Bible.
David Malamud, University of  Maryland
 
This event is funded in part by your Graduate Student Activites Fee.
Co-sponsored  by the  Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center  for  Historical Studies