Bryan Rindfleisch received nearly $10,000 in grants--a Regular Research Grant from the Committee on Research and a summer stipend sponsored by the Center for Transnational Justice--to continue work on his book manuscript, "Possessed of the Most Extensive, Trade, Connexions & Influence": The Atlantic Intimacies of an 18th Century Indian Trader. He was also awarded fellowships to two writing workshops, one at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Virginia this summer, and one in Paris this fall.
The Omohundro Institute's "Scholar's Workshop": The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, in collaboration with the William & Mary Quarterly and College of William & Mary, sponsors up to six untenured scholars who gather in Williamsburg for a month to work as both a group and individually with Institute editors and staff. The weeks will include seminar-style meetings on conceptual development, manuscript editing, and source verification as well as time for writing, revising, and consulting about their manuscripts or a journal article in progress.
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, in collaboration with the University of Paris - Diderot and University of Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, will host a seminar on the theme of "Space, Mobility, and Power in Early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850." Papers will be pre-circulated ahead of time and discussed at length in December 2016. http://www.mceas.org/conferences.shtml
Bryan's manuscript focuses on the intersection of colonial, Native, imperial, and Atlantic histories in eighteenth-century North America. In particular, he examines the Galphin family and explores how they understood and navigated the world around them -- and Early America unto itself -- according to the personal relationships that they forged throughout the eighteenth-century. This world of intimacy enfolded and connected a host of disparate peoples and places, including Creek and Cherokee Indians, African slaves and freedmen, English and Scots imperialists and colonial agents, transatlantic merchants, Ulster immigrants, among others.