Historiographies of the American Revolution

An America2026 symposium, Lyon, October 14 & 15, 2022

Friday, October 14, Amphi Huvelin, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, 15 Quai Claude Bernard, 69007 LYON. 

9am Welcome coffee. 

9.30-10.30am Panel 1 Emerging political traditions  

Chair: Patrick Spero (American Philosophical Society)

Angel Luke O’Donnell (King’s College, London): “The People’s Pouvoir Constituant: Revolutionary Print Culture and the 1776 Pennsylvania State Constitution”

Donald Johnson (North Dakota State University) : “Committees, Councils and Congresses: Constructing Local Authority in Revolutionary America, 1775-1776” 

10.30- 11am coffee break

11am-12.30 Plenary session 1 

Chair: Agnès Delahaye (Université Lyon 2)

Serena Zabin (Carleton College, MN) : “Gender and the American Revolution”

12.30-13-30 lunch 

13.30-14.30 Panel 2: Contested memory 

Chair: Frédéric Herrmann (Université Lyon 2) 

Leslie Tassery (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3) : “From ‘Citizens of America’ to ‘The People of the United States’: George Washington’s Rhetoric and the Meaning of ‘America'”

Michael Hattem (Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute), “The Contested Memory of the American Revolution as a national origins myth” (online) 

14.30-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.30 Plenary session 2 

Chair: Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (Université Paris 8)

Trevor Burnard (Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull): “Recent historiography of the American Revolution” 

16.30-18.00 Plenary session 3 

Chair: Steven Sarson (Université Jean Moulin, Lyon 3) 

Jack P. Greene (Johns Hopkins University): 

Established and Emergent Elites in Empire and Nation Building in the British Empire and the United States during the last Quarter of the Eighteenth Century” (online)

20.00 Conférence dinner 

Saturday October 15, Académie des Sciences, Belles Lettres et Arts de Lyon, Palais Saint-Jean, 4 avenue Adolphe Max, 69005, Lyon

9h30-10h30 Panel 3 Transatlantic perspectives

Chair: Agnès Delahaye

Frederic Herrmann (Université Lumière Lyon 2) : “Historiographical advances on the British radical background to the American Revolution”

Florence Petroff (Université de la Rochelle) : “Paul Revere’s American Revolution in Satirical Print” 

10h30-11h : coffee break

11.00-12.30 Plenary session 4 

Chair: Denis Reynaud (Université Lumière Lyon 2

Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (Université Paris 8): 

“Anticolonialism in the Era of the American Revolution. An essay contest at the Académie de Lyon in the 1780s”

12.30 End of the conference 

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