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IN-PERSON EVENT: Field Report: Andrew Donnelly and Stephen Mandravelis

Monday, July 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is NOT required

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with Andrew Donnelly and Stephen Mandravelis

Members: Free | Visitors: Free with admission

Please join us to hear 2020-2021 Suzanne and Caleb Loring Research Fellow Andrew Donnelly and 2021-2022 Mary Catherine Mooney Fellow Stephen Mandravelis, discuss their research and current projects.

Andrew Donnelly will discuss his thesis project, "Reconstructing Sexuality: The Politics of Sex and Manhood in the Civil War Era." He is currently a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the National Book Foundation.

He received his PhD from the English Department at Harvard University in May 2020. His research examines the history of sexuality in the literature of the US Civil War and Reconstruction, and his book project, Confederate Sympathies: The Homoerotics of White Supremacy, 1850-1915, argues that depictions of homoeroticism between men cultivated sympathy for pro-slavery ideology and Lost Cause nostalgia for the antebellum South. His research and writing has been published in College Literature and American Literature. He is also the founder of Freedom Summer Collegiate, a program of the Freedom Project Network, in which PhD candidates and university faculty members teach college seminars in the summer to high school students at the Freedom Projects in the Mississippi Delta and Meridian, Mississippi.

The Suzanne and Caleb Loring Research Fellowship is offered jointly with the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Stephen Mandravelis's research at the Boston Athenæum supports a paper to be delivered at the 2021 Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA) Biennial Symposium. The paper, "Toward a Reconsideration of Charles Bird King," proposes that King (1785-1862)—an artist often associated with the dire prospects of the arts in the Federal-era United States—was actually a highly satirical artist. In his Field Report, Stephen will explore records relating the Athenæum's fifth Annual Exhibition in 1831, including attendance, membership, public outreach, and more.

Stephen is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his PhD in the art and material culture of the United States from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. His research focuses on the interaction of art and everyday life, specifically how vernacular images and objects shaped ideas of popular taste, geopolitical standing, and self-identity in the long nineteenth century. His research complicates the definition of art by highlighting how sub-elite consumers engaged with their material surroundings and exploring challenges to traditional artistic hierarchies. Stephen's work has been supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SECAC, the Royster Society of Fellows, and others. His writing has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide; Nineteenth-Century American History; Southern Things: A Place, Its People, and Its Things; and Not About Face: Identity and Appearance, Past and Present.

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