The Fall edition of the RIAS International PhD Seminar 2018 took place on 18-20 November. The following candidates presented their paper in three different sessions:

American Visions of Freedom and Equality

Catharina King (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg im Breisgau), “Rewriting History in the Federal Writers’ Project”

Bastiaan Bouwman (London School of Economics), Freedom of Religion as a Human Right: The World Council of Churches from the 1940s to the 1960s”

Freedom and Democracy in America and Beyond ​

Oran Kennedy (Leiden University), “Defending Liberty, Challenging Slavery: African American Freedom Seekers, Rendition and Extradition, Illegal Kidnapping, and Spaces of Sanctuary in the Northern U.S. and British Canada”

Gerard Llorens Decesaris (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), “Democratic Spain and the United States of America: An Atlantic History, 1868-1874”

Outsiders in Antebellum Urban America

Brian Zang (Penn State, Harrisburg), “‘Thereby Hangs a Tale’: Early Mormon Popular Culture in Nauvoo, Illinois, 1839-1844”

Viola Franziska Müller (Leiden University), “Early Undocumented Residents: African Americans in the Labor Markets of the American Urban South, 1800-1860”