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46th Annual Susman Graduate Student Conference

Friday, April 05, 2024, 08:00am - 04:30pm

Please RSVP and register for the conference at this link




8:00-8:45 AM 

Breakfast and Registration


Academic Building West, 6th Floor 

9:00-10:00 AM 

Session 1: History of Medicine 


Panel 1: Medicine and Mobility| Room 6050 

Commentator: Dr. Tara Malanga 

“A Permanent Solution: Filipino Nurses and the U.S. Immigration Nursing Relief Act of 1989” 

Andre Rosario, University of Pennsylvania 

“Holding Ground: Ghanian Women’s Resilience in Preserving Traditional Healing through the Colonial Era, 1920s-1930s” 

Emmanuel Ennin, Princeton University  

Panel 2: History of Reproduction | Room 6051 

Commentator: Dr. Margaret Marsh 

“Cognitive Consequences of Childbearing: Understanding Aging, Cognition, and Health in Malawi” 

Adriana Scanteianu, University of Pennsylvania 

10:00-10:15 AM 


10:15-11:00 AM 

Session 2, Panel 3: Title TBD | Room 6051 

Commentator: Dr. Richard Grippaldi 


“Khadi: A Weft and Warp of Political Fashionability and Urban Intellectualism?” 

Namrata Jain, Tufts University 

“Conquest and the Market: Military: Land Scrip and Colonial War in the United States in the 19th Century” 

Kevin Rogan, Rutgers University 

“The Gateway City: Frances McIntosh and the Dangers of the Liminal in 19th Century St. Louis” 

Cecilia Wright, Columbia University 



11:15 AM-12:00 PM 


12:00-1:00 PM 

Session 3, Panel 4: Title TBD | Room 6051 

Commentator: Dr. Kathleen Lopez 

“Baskets and Slam Dunks: The Diplomatic Sporting Dispute between Taiwan and China in Colombia, 1970-1980” 

Laura De Moya-Guerra, Rutgers University 

“Cross-Border Solidarity: Mexican Women Teaching Americans to Take Back Control of Their Reproductive Lives” 

Amaranta Martinez, City University of New York  



1:00-1:15 PM 



Session 4, Panel 6: Black Transitory Spaces |Room 6051 

Commentator: Dr. Marisa Fuentes 

“‘One Needle and a Leetle Bit o’Thread:’ Black Women, Children Refugees, and Sewing during the Civil War”  

Kyra March, Rutgers University 

“Plotting Mt. Hope Cemetery: Surfacing the Lives of Underground Railroad Conductors within the Niagara Region” 

Nichola Wilson Metzger, Columbia University 

“‘To be a Negro is,―is?: A Case Study of Pre-Harlem Renaissance Black Modernist Fiction” 

Marisa Williams, University of Massachusetts 

2:30-3:00 PM 


3:00-4:30 PM 

Keynote Lecture 

Room 1180 

Dr. Kaisha Esty, Assistant Professor of African American Studies; History; and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University 

Dinner to Follow 


KEYNOTE: Dr. Kaisha Esty, Wesleyan University


Between the Archive: The Liminality of Black Women’s Intimate Histories


The trade in and use of enslaved women’s bodies and labor was vital to the survival of US slavery in the antebellum era. White Americans legitimized the violation of enslaved women through false constructions of enslaved women’s sexuality, such as the Jezebel stereotype. Historians continue to grapple with slavery’s haunting legacy, the resounding silences in the archive on Black women’s sexuality, and praxes of dissemblance and respectability that has shaped Black women’s sexual history. Intimate histories of African American women in the nineteenth century remain largely elusive, residing in the cracks of binary oppositions and the shadows of legitimate categories. Drawing from her forthcoming book project, Weaponizing Virtue: Black Women and Intimate Resistance in the Age of U.S. Expansion, Dr. Kaisha Esty explores what it means to underscore liminality in her research and African diaspora histories more broadly.


Flyer: 2024_Susman_Conference_Poster.pdf