Americanist Dinner Forum Document du Jour: “The Letters of Antoine Mègret”

West Campus, Conference Room A/B, 6:30pm-8:30pm

March

23

The intellectual flagship event of the AMCS Graduate (PhD) Certificate community, AMCS's Americanist Dinner Forum is open to all Wash U Americanist Ph.D. students and faculty. The "Document Du Jour" Dinner Forum is an opportunity for an AMCS graduate student to present an intriguing or puzzling document or artifact from his or her dissertation research - one that will be of wide interest to Americanists across disciplinary lines - and to puzzle through it with colleagues. We'll circulate the document along with a brief cover note from the presenter stating the questions s/he is posing, the rationale for posing them, and the relevant interpretive contexts.

This year's documents will be presented by Max Forrester (History). Max invites the Dinner Forum to discuss a set of letters written by Father Anthony Desiré Mègret (in Lafayette, LA).  While the text demonstrate attitudes towards democracy and religious reform in Louisiana and Mexican Texas, there's also something undeniably Foucauldian about their argument over organization of a sacred space in a graveyard.  If you encountered a primary document detailing a fistfight in a cemetery, in what theoretical directions would you take it?

Dinner will be served at 6:30. The forum will begin at 7:00.

RSVPs due by Friday, March 17, 2017 to tbehr@wustl.edu

Jennifer Gallinat

Administrative Coordinator

gallinat@wustl.edu