23 October 2019 - Transatlantic American Studies Workshop: Sources and Approaches

Published: 19 September 2019

This event will gather Americanists who study the transatlantic realm.

Wednesday October 23, 2019, 2-4PM

Venue: The Henry Heaney Seminar Room, Special Collections, Level 12, University of Glasgow Library

Hosted by the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies, University of Glasgow

Jointly held with the University of Stirling

This event will gather Americanists who study the transatlantic realm to discuss challenges and opportunities posed by the variety of primary sources and scholarly approaches in their fields. While this friendly, hands-on workshop is open to all, its emphasis on sources and approaches in transatlantic American Studies is specifically designed for prospective PhD students and current PhD students with transatlantic dissertation topics, and early career researchers looking for inspiration for their next big project.

The event is free, but advance registration is required as places in the Special Collections are limited.
Email Dr Laura Rattray:
Laura.Rattray@glasgow.ac.uk to reserve a place.

2 PM, Henry Heaney Seminar Room: Welcome from the organisers, Dr György Tóth (University of Stirling) and Dr Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow)

2-3 PM, Henry Heaney Seminar Room: Roundtable. In this format, the participants will first have c. 7 minutes each to describe the research project that they have been pursuing/completed. Then the moderator will ask them general questions about challenges with their primary sources and approaches, and participants can freely discuss each question with each other. Then the moderator opens the roundtable to questions and comments from the audience. Chair: Dr György Tóth.


  • Dr Catherine Bateson, University of Durham – Irish American music and songs in the U.S. Civil War
  • Prof Faye Hammill, University of Glasgow – transatlantic shipping records
  • Prof David Stirrup, University of Kent – North American indigenous presence in Great Britain

3-3:05 PM: Comfort break

3:05-4 PM, Henry Heaney Seminar Room: Workshop. In this session, each speaker walks the audience through a few challenges with primary sources and/or approaches of interpretation in their project/field. Each speaker will be asked to distribute to the audience hard copy handouts of a specific source or collection description.

Participants include:

  • Dr Rachael Alexander, University of Strathclyde - Modern Magazine Archives in the US and Canada
  • Dr Stephen Bowman, University of Stirling - elite non-governmental UK-US public diplomacy in the 1900s
  • Dr Shaun Wallace, University of Stirling - fugitive slave database

4-4:30 PM: Optional Session: American Studies archives and special collections at Glasgow University with archivists Robert MacLean and Claire Daniel

This workshop is generously funded by the British Association for American Studies / United States Embassy Small Grants Programme. The event is free, but advance registration is essential as spaces are limited. Please email the organisers at Laura.Rattray@glasgow to reserve your place.

First published: 19 September 2019