2019 Annual Conference

The 69th annual meeting of the New York State Association of European Historians will be held at SUNY Canton on October 4-5, 2019. SUNY Canton is located in scenic upstate New York, about 90 minutes from Ottawa and about two hours from both Syracuse and Montreal.

The NYSAEH is a regional historical association that welcomes innovative ideas and presentations. Our members are drawn from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The annual meeting is a collegial setting for the presentation of works-in-progress and we strive to create a welcoming environment for all scholars, including graduate students and independent scholars.

Conference Registration

Follow this link to access the conference registration form.

Conference Accommodation

The NYSAEH has reserved a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Canton, at a special conference rate of $169/night. Reserve online by September 15, 2019, in order to secure this rate.

Conference Program

A copy of the conference program is also available to download from this link in .pdf format.



4:00-5:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

5:00-6:00 pm Opening Reception

6:00-7:00 pm Dinner

7:00-8:30 pm James S. Valone Lecture, “Why Suffrage”
Carol Faulkner, Associate Dean and Professor of History, Syracuse University


8:00-8:45 Continental Breakfast and Welcome

9:00-10:30 Concurrent Sessions I

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Concurrent Sessions II

12:15-1:00 Lunch/Business Meeting

1:00-2:30 Concurrent Session III



SESSION 1A: State Power and the Individual

Chair: Yvonne Seale, SUNY Geneseo

The Model City: Antagonistic Political Circumstances in the Greco-Roman City-State
Connor Becz, SUNY Albany

Imperial Upheaval: An Analysis of the Byzantine Emperors of the 11th century
Marven Corrielus, SUNY Albany

Solicitor Brown and His Boy: Love, Sex, and Scandal in Twentieth-Century Ireland
Averill Earls, Mercyhearst University

SESSION 1B: War, Espionage, and the Enemy

Chair: David Devereux, Canisius College

“More Savage than the Indians”: Europeans, European-Americans, and Amerindian Soldiers in Eighteenth Century North America
Nicholas M. Charnley, SUNY Albany

Examining The 1916 Canadian Parliament Building Fire
Heribert von Feilitzsch, Independent Scholar

Nineteenth-Century Colonialism on the Soviet Screen: Miklukho-Maklai as a Template for Transforming a Nazi Enemy into a Cold War Enemy
Bryan K. Herman, University at Albany



SESSION 2A: Early Modern Politics and Religion

CHAIR: Lyn Blanchfield, SUNY Oswego

From Conflict to Co-Existence: The Relations Between the English Settlers at Gravesend and Local Native Groups, 1643-1664
Eric Platt, St. Francis College

St. Thomas Aquinas in the Renaissance: Domenico de’ Domenichi’s ‘Oratio in laudem Sancti Thomae de Aquino”
Martin Ederer, SUNY Buffalo State

“Esteemed now to be a strange thing…”: Stuart Dynasticism, Scottish Patriotism, and the Chartering of Nova Scotia, 1621
Andrew Nichols, SUNY Buffalo State

SESSION 2B: Late 19th and Early 20th Century Empire
Chair: Mustafa Gokcek, Niagara University

Building the Empire: The Rise and Fall of Railway Construction in French Africa, 1879-1945
Tyson Luneau, University at Albany

British Air Bombing Policy, the Security of India and the World Disarmament Conference, 1932-1934
David K. Varey, Royal Military College of Canada

“Mixed with recent foreign blood”: The Harvard Irish Mission and scientific racism in the Free State, 1932-1936
Joe Cope, SUNY Geneseo





SESSION 3A: Teaching Symposium–Inclusive, Active, and Experiential Learning in the Premodern Classroom

Chair: Yvonne Seale, SUNY Geneseo

Waging War in the Roman Empire: An Exercise in Problem Solving and Strategic Thinking Sarah C. Melville, Clarkson University

Cooking, Casting, and Creating: Experiential Learning in the Medieval Classroom Carolyn Twomey, St. Lawrence University

Bringing Medieval Cities to Life in the Modern Classroom Louisa A. Burnham, Middlebury College


SESSION 3B: The Spread of 20th-Century European Ideas In American Psychology

Chair: David Valone, Quinnipiac University

Imagining America: The Views of Late 19th and Early 20th Century European Middle-Class Intellectuals on American Culture and Society
Axel Fair-Schulz, State University of New York College at Potsdam

European Psychological Seeds Planted in America: Sigmund Freud and Carl G. Jung
at the 1909 Clark University Lectures and their Empire State Holiday
William E. Herman, Emeritus, State University of New York College at Potsdam

Pavlov’s Reflex to America: The Reality and Soviet Propaganda Views of Ivan Pavlov’s Visits to America
Bryan K. Herman, SUNY Albany