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Revolutionary Texts in a Digital Age:
Thomas Paine’s Publishing Networks, Past and Present

Hosted by Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies
New Rochelle, New York

October 11th – 13th, 2018


From October 11th through the 13th of 2018, the ITPS will host the third international conference of Thomas Paine studies. The conference will provide an interdisciplinary program in which the links – and ruptures – between late eighteenth century and twenty first century media, particularly digital publishing and archive development, social media, resource accessibility, author attribution software, and information technology, are explored.

Thursday, October 11th

Workshop: Association of Documentary Editors (ADE) and National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Affiliated Session: Thomas Paine Collected Works Project.
  • Presenters: Jennifer Steenshorne, Director of the Washington Papers Project, University of Virginia, and Nikolaus Wasmoen, The Marianne Moore Digital Archive at the University of Buffalo.
  • Participants: Greg Claeys, Univeristy of London, Carine Lounissi, Rouen-Normandie and University Paris-Diderot, Marc Belissa, University of Paris Nanterre – CHISCO, Yannick Bosc,  Groupe de Reserche de Historie, University of Normandy, Rouen, Samuel Edwards, Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, Scott Cleary, Iona College, Gary Berton, ITPS.

*This workshop is open to any participants with a maximum of twenty people! Please RSVP to by September 1 if you would like to register*

Session One A (roundtable): “Native Power and The Origins of the American Revolution” (Gardiner sponsored session)
  • Alyssa Zuercher Reichardt, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Ala Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania
  • Hayley Negrin, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Chair/comment: Liz Ellis, NYU
Session One B (roundtable): “Conceptualizing Papers and Projects” (Gardiner sponsored session)
  • Nikolaus Wasmoen, Marianne Moore Digital Archive at University of Buffalo
  • Chris Minty, The Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Robb Habberman, The Jay Papers, Columbia University
  • Chair/comment: Scott Cleary, Iona College
Opening Keynote: “You Want a Revolution, I want a Revelation: Early American History, Digital Humanities, and Archives”
  • Jean Bauer, Associate Director, The Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University (reception to follow)

Friday, October 12th

Session Two A (panel): “Communication in Complex Circumstances”
  • Kathryn Lasdow, Suffolk University: “‘Yellow fever always begins . . . near the water:’ Thomas Paine’s Yellow Fever Pamphlets in Early-National New York”
  • Katlyn Carter, University of Michigan: “Changing Communication Technologies and Evolving Political Practices”
  • Mariam Touba, New-York Historical Society: “‘These Are the Times,’ or, in Other Words: Thomas Paine’s 1776 Wartime Journalism”
  • Lauren DuVall, American University, “Title TBA.”
  • Chair/comment: Steve Carl Smith, Providence College
Session Two B (presentation): Innovation at Iona: Authorship and Entrepreneurship in Early American Studies
  • Christoph Winkler, Hynes Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Iona College
  • The Authorship Attribution Project, presented by Lubomir Ivanov and Smiljana Petrovic, Iona College
  • Chair/comment: Tricia Mulligan, Iona College
Coffee and tea break

Session Three A (roundtable): “New York in the New Nation” (Gardiner sponsored session)
  • Mark Boonshoft, Norwich University
  • Liz Covart, Omohundro Institute/Ben Franklin's World
  • Michael Blaakman, Princeton University
  • Nicole Maskiell, University of South Carolina
  • Chair/comment: Sarah Gronningsater, University of Pennsylvania
Session Three B (digital presentation): “Digital Pedagogy and the Radical Networks of Common Sense” (preview:
  • Kelly Schmidt, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Kate Johnson, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Chair/comment: TBA
Lunch break

Session Three A (roundtable): “Thomas Paine and the Digital Humanities” (Gardiner sponsored session)
  • Ben Wright, UT Dallas
  • Christy Potroff, Merrimack College
  • Joe Adelman, Framingham State University
  • Michael Hattem, New-York Historical Society/New School
  • Chair/comment: Micki Kaufman, Graduate Center, CUNY.
Session Three B (panel): “Language and Authority in Translation”
  • Carine Lounissi, University of Rouen-Normandie and University Paris-Diderot: “Paine in French: translations and transfers”
  • Yannick Bosc, University of Normandy, Rouen: “Agrarian Justice: Genesis of the text, editions, translations, and French reception”
  • Marc Belissa, University of Paris Nanterre—CHISCO: “A Challenge to "political heresies": the Reception of the First Part of Rights of Man in the United States (1791)”
  • Gary Berton, ITPS: “Status Report on the Thomas Paine Canon – New Tools and Efforts to Complete an Official Collected Works
  • Chair/comment: TBA
Coffee and tea break

Session Four Plenary and Exhibit Introduction: Sid Lapidus, Philanthropist and Collector

Friday Keynote: "The Revolution Will be Digitized! Teaching Tom Paine and the American Revolution in a Digital Age"  -- Kyle Roberts, Associate Professor of Public History and New Media, Director, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University, Chicago, and Ben Bankhurst, Assistant Professor of History, Shepherd University (reception to follow)

Saturday, October 13

Session Five A (roundtable): “Founding Commemoration” (Gardiner sponsored session)
  • Mariam Touba, New-York Historical Society
  • Whitney Stewart, UT Dallas
  • Thomas Lannon, New York Public Library
  • Lindsay Chervinsky, Southern Methodist University
  • Chair/comment: Will Mackintosh, University of Mary Washington
Session Five B (panel): “The Greatest Hits: The Many Meanings of Political Economy in Paine’s Works”
  • Benjamin E. Park, Sam Houston State University: “Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason and the Splintering of American Religious Nationalism”
  • Henry John Latta, University of Alabama: TITLE TBA
  • Josh R. Klein, Iona College: “Thomas Paine and the Language of Empire and Economics”
  • Chair/comment: TBA
Coffee and tea break

Session Six A (panel): “Paine and Limiting Property Rights, and Their Discontents: Paine and the Radical Tradition in Early American Politics and Thought”
  • Michael Crowder, ITPS: “Tom Paine’s Political Economy of Abolitionism: The Case of Slavery in the Louisiana Territory, 1803-1805”
  • Sean Griffin, Brooklyn Historical Society: “It Is Not Charity but a Right That I Am Pleading For”: Tom Paine’s Social Critique and the Transatlantic Roots of Radical Reform
  • John Blanton, City College, CUNY: “The First Abolition: Paineite Antislavery Thought and the 1780 Pennsylvania Abolition Act”
  • Chair/comment: Andrew Shankman, Rutgers University, Camden
Session Six B (panel): "Interpretation and Perception"
  • Ward Regan, NYU: “The Uses and Abuses of Thomas Paine”
  • Sam Edwards, Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage: “‘He Came From America Didn’t He?: The Thetford Statue Controversy and the Problem of Paine in Transatlantic Memory Networks c. 1909-1964”
  • Scott Cleary, Iona College: “‘To Mr. Printer’: Paine, Poetry, and the Sussex Weekly Advertiser”
  • Chair/comment: Ivy Stabell, Iona College
Lunch break

Session Seven A (roundtable): “Building a Public Archive: From Nuts and Bolts to Accessibility” (Gardiner sponsored session)
  • Barry Goldberg, ITPS
  • Michael Crowder, ITPS
  • Dave Gary, American Philosophical Society
  • Alisa Wade, University of British Columbia
  • Chair/comment: Natalka Sawchuck, Iona College
Session Seven B (panel): “Paine and Layers of Conflict”
  • Rachel Engl, Lehigh University: “Intimately Acquainted”: Recovering the Social Networks of Revolutionary War Veterans
  • James McGlashin, Iona College: “Paine and the United Irishmen Rebellion, 1798”
  • Sally Xing, Columbia University: "Madman and Sage: A New Evaluation of the Unfinished American Revolution Through Paradox of the Two Toms, Paine and Jefferson"
  • Chair/comment: Lauren DuVall, American University
Session Eight Plenary (roundtable): “Painesque Publishing”: How Historians Write Politics, Then and Now
  • Matt Karp, Princeton University, speaking on his work in Jacobin
  • Katlyn Carter, University of Michigan, speaking on her work in The Washington Post
  • Ben Park, Sam Houston State, speaking on his work for The Junto
  • Will Mackintosh, speaking on his work for the Journal of the Early Republic's digital platform, The Panorama
  • Chair: Nora Slonimsky, Iona College/ITPS
Closing Keynote: “‘The public...will not decide wrong, unless it decides too hastily’: Revisiting Thomas Paine's idealistic vision of deliberative democracy in the age of Presidential Twitter” -- Seth Cotlar, Professor of History, Willamette University, and author of Tom Paine’s America: The Rise and Fall of Trans-Atlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic (reception to follow)

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