Saturday April 9, 2011

Conference sponsored by the Hagley Fellows of the University of Delaware

Disaster! A Conference on Disasters in History

Location: Hagley Soda House (Directions)
Hagley Museum and Library
Wilmington, Delaware

8:30am – 9:00am Coffee and registration
9:00am – 9:15am Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:30 Interpreting Disaster in Popular Culture

Zachary M. Hilpert, College of William and Mary
“Monsters Among the Ruins: Fabricating Ethnic and Racial Villains for Late 19th- and Early 20th Century Urban Disaster Reportage” (final paper)

Liz Skilton, Tulane University
“Talking About The Tempest: Constructing A Gendered Hurricane” (final paper)

Erika Piola, The Library Company of Philadelphia
“Gory and Graphic: The Production and Consumption of Nineteenth-Century Disaster Lithographs in Philadelphia” (final paper)

Commentator: TBD

10:40 – 12:10 Responding to Disaster

Jaffa L. Panken, University of Pennsylvania
“From Evangelical to Humanitarian: The American Missionary Response to the Near Eastern Crisis, 1890 to 1923” (final paper)

Carola Hein, Bryn Mawr College
“Disaster and Rebuilding in Japan” (final paper)

Philip Whalen, Costal Carolina University
“Felicitous Disaster: The Phylloxera Epidemic and the French Wine Industry” (final paper)

Commentator: TBD

12:15-1:15 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Overlooked Disasters

Mike Esbester, Oxford Brookes University
“Everyday Disasters: Scale and Subjectivity in the History of Disasters” (final paper)

Matthew Mulcahy, Loyola University
“The Port Royal Fire of 1703” (abstract pdf)

Robert Reid, University of Southern Indiana
"The Mississippi Flood of 1937; the Twentieth Century Katrina" (abstract pdf)

Commentator: David Shearer, Professor, University of Delaware Department of History; Coordinator, University of Delaware-Hagley Program

3:15 - 4:00 Keynote Address

Michael Adas, Abraham E. Voorhees Professor of History and Board of Governors' Chair, Rutgers University

4:00-5:00 Reception

Conference will take place in the Soda House at the Hagley Library in Wilmington, Delaware. There is no fee to attend but registration is required. Coffee and an evening reception is included in your registration. Lunch will be $11. To register by phone or to obtain more information, contact Carol Lockman, or (302) 658-2400.