Event: John Gillis Tribute Roundtable. Presented by the Coastal History Network

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Please join us on December 3 from 11 am to 12:30 pm EST (4 pm – 5.30pm UK) —see Zoom link below—for a roundtable discussion celebrating the career and scholarship of historian John Gillis. John’s work has been wide-ranging, examining German, British, and American social and cultural history. His most recent scholarship has reshaped the study of oceanic geography and the marine environment. Specifically, his Islands of the Mind and The Human Shore have energized a new generation of historians, geographers, and literary and legal scholars to consider the ways material environments and the human imagination are inextricably connected.

We’d like to tell John just how much he means to us personally and professionally. So please log on and join the celebration.

Roundtable Participants

Godfrey Baldacchino is Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta, in Malta; and former Canada Research Chair and UNESCO Co-Chair in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Margaret Cohen is Andrew B. Hammond Professor at Stanford University, where she teaches in the department of English. Her publications include The Novel and the Sea and the co-edited The Aesthetics of the Undersea, and she has written a book on the history of underwater film, The Underwater Eye, forthcoming in 2021.

Eliga Gould is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire.  His publications include Among the Powers of the Earth:  The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (2012).  He is currently writing a history of the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War.

Isaac Land teaches in the Department of History at Indiana State University.  He is best known for The Coastal History Blog, which is now seven years old.  His most recent publication is “Port Towns and the ‘Paramaritime’” in The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400-1800.

Dr. Elizabeth Mancke is Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Her broad research interests address the impact of European overseas expansion on governance and political systems, from local government to international relations. Her publications range from analyses of European expansion and the politicization of oceanic space, to the place of Greenland in early modern geopolitics, to the transformation of notions of manhood in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Nova Scotia. 

Steve Mentz teaches Shakespeare, literary theory, and the blue humanities at St. John’s University in New York City. His most recent book is Ocean (2020), part of Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series.

Chris Pastore is Associate Professor of History at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he teaches courses in environmental history, early America, and the Atlantic world. He is the author of Between Land and Sea: The Atlantic Coast and the Transformation of New England (2014).

Helen Rozwadowski teaches history and maritime studies at the University of Connecticut. Her most recent book is Vast Expanses: A History of the Oceans (2018), and she is co-editor of the new University of Chicago book series, “Oceans in Depth.” 

Franziska Torma is a research fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. She is currently writing a book on the entanglement of marine biology and global politics in the long 19th century.

Kären Wigen teaches Japanese history and the history of cartography at Stanford University. Her latest book is Time in Maps (Chicago, 2020), co-edited with Caroline Winterer.



Topic: John Gillis Tribute Roundtable

Time: Dec 3, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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