Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

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Welcome to The Map, the OI’s collection of upcoming events for Early Americanists. Click on any pin to get more information about events being held at that location or use the list below to see what is happening in your neighborhood and around the world. This page lists events in order of start date. Simply click the button to the right to see the full list. (Surfing the map will in no way affect the order of the list by the way, so play with it as much as you like.) Click on the button just below The Map to see the map with a list of the same events ordered by event type (conference, seminar or lecture). Our Regional Editors are doing a terrific job of keeping this page updated, but contact Martha Howard (oieahc@wm.edu) to share any additional event news.

Conference: Disciplining the Modern Family: Gender, State, and Society
December 26, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel

With the rise of the modern nation-state, the interest in the family as an institution and in its functions in modern life expanded as well. Rulers, bureaucrats, revolutionaries, writers, and readers all looked to mobilize families and individual family members to their goals. The workshop will convene a small group of younger as well as established scholars who deal with these issues based on their individual research in varied historical arenas, from Europe and the Americas to the Middle-East, Africa, South and East Asia.
Conference: American Historical Association Annual Meeting
January 4, 2018 - January 7, 2018
Washington, DC

Seminar: The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Colloquium
January 23, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia United States of America

"Surviving the Revolution: The Life and Times of Elizabeth and Henry Drinker" by Richard Godbeer of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Conference: Epistemic Vices: Continuities and Discontinuities, 1600-2000
January 25, 2018 - January 26, 2018
Leiden, Netherlands

This conference intends to stage a conversation between historians of early modern science and scholars working on post-1800 science (the humanities and social sciences included), focusing on four closely related questions: (1) What continuities and discontinuities can be identified in how scholars in different times and places conceived of epistemic vices? How did vices acquire new meanings in new circumstances, sometimes even to the point of becoming virtues (as in the case of curiositas)? (2) To what extent have early modern catalogs of vice been retrieved in modern times – think of the rediscovery of Francis Bacon’s “idols of the mind” in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? (3) How to explain (dis)continuity over time? What were the carriers of the tradition (textbooks, for instance) or key factors altering the moral economy of science? (4) In what language did scholars speak about epistemic vices? To what extent are “deficient skills” and “lacking competences” modern reformulations of ancient vitia sive errores eruditorum?
Seminar: William Neptune Dehaney, a ‘most infamous man’: Slavery and Geographies of Punishment in the Nineteenth-Century Caribbean
January 26, 2018
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina United States

The Triangle Early American History Seminar meets at 4pm at the National Humanities Center in RTP to discuss a pre-circulated work in progress. Authored by Ebony Jones of NCSU. (co-sponsored by the Triangle Global British History Seminar)
Conference: Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists (VCEA)
January 27, 2018
Richmond, Virginia

We are delighted to announce that the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists (VCEA) will hold its annual meeting on January 27, 2018. Prof. Rosemarie Zagarri of George Mason University is this year's Program Chair, and our good friends at the University of Richmond will serve as hosts for what promises to be an exciting day of conversation and scholarship. We invite all graduate students and scholars of Early American history in Virginia to submit proposals and/or to attend the conference.
Conference: Violence, Coercion, and Social Change in Borderlands History
February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018
El Paso, TX

The Department of History at the University of Texas at El Paso announces the third annual UTEP Borderlands History Conference. This year’s theme encourages scholars of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to explore the many-faceted exercise of violence and coercion in la frontera, and the ways in which it has shaped society, culture, and power dynamics.
Conference: Violence, Coercion, and Social Change in Borderlands History
February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018
El Paso, TX

The Department of History at the University of Texas at El Paso announces the third annual UTEP Borderlands History Conference. This year’s theme encourages scholars of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to explore the many-faceted exercise of violence and coercion in la frontera, and the ways in which it has shaped society, culture, and power dynamics.
Seminar: MHS Boston Area Early American History Seminars
February 6, 2018
Boston, MA

Laurel Daen, MHS-NEH Fellow. "The Category of Disability in Colonial America." Comment: Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut.
Conference: Conflict Management in Modern Diplomacy (1500-1914)
February 8, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Vienna, Austria

The conference, which is organised by the research group “Diplomacy in Conflict," focuses on conflict management as the constant processes of mediation and negotiation, which included efforts but also resistance, success but also failure.
Conference: On History’s Stage: Theatre and Performance in the French Atlantic Slave Colonies
February 8, 2018 - May 17, 2018
Baton Rouge and Schoelcher, LA Martinique

This two-part international conference, co-sponsored by Louisiana State University and the Université des Antilles-Martinique, seeks to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to expand the contemporary understanding of theatre and performance in the French Caribbean under the ancien régime. Our two journées d’étude are to be held on February 8-9 in Baton Rouge, and May 16-17 in Schoelcher, respectively. Applicants should specify which session they wish to attend.
Conference: Southern Studies Conference
February 9, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Montgomery, AL

Now in its tenth year, the Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Southern Studies Conference invites proposals for pre-formed panels or individual papers on any topic pertaining to the history and culture of the American South from any time period, including presentations on art practice, American history, the history of science and medicine, the history of art, anthropology, history of music, foodways studies, theatre, literature, and sociology. In particular, the conference organizers invite proposals on any aspect of the history of art and architecture of the Southern United States.
Conference: Historians in the German Association of American Studies
February 9, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Tutzing, Germany

This conference aims to critically reconsider the history of heroism in the United States from the American Revolution to the present.
Conference: Southern Studies
February 9, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Montgomery, AL

Now in its tenth year, the AUM College of Arts and Sciences invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern history from Civil War to Civil Rights, from dueling to NASCAR, from King Cotton to corn whiskey.
Seminar: Washington Early American Seminar Series
February 9, 2018
College Park, MD

Greta LaFleur (Yale University): "Whither Rape in the History of Sexuality?" Co-sponsored with Prof. Robert Levine and the Department of English's Local Americanists Group. Respondent: TBA
Seminar: The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Colloquium
February 13, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia United States of America

"Anglo-Native Interactions in the Seventeenth Century Caribbean" by Nathaniel Millett of St. Louis University.
Conference: Negotiating Waters: Seas, Oceans and Passageways in the Colonial and Postcolonial Anglophone World
February 15, 2018 - February 16, 2018
Grenoble, France

This conference will examine how seas and oceans have shaped and reshaped cultural identities, spurred stories of reunion and separation and redefined entire nations.
Seminar: Triangle Early American History Seminar (TEAHS)
February 16, 2018
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina United States

"Indigenous Life in the British West Indies during the First Half of the Eighteenth Century" by Nathaniel Millett of St. Louis University.
Conference: Medicine and Healing in the Age of Slavery
February 23, 2018
Houston, TX

In the last three decades, scholars have increasingly identified connections between slavery and medicine. However, these histories have remained confined by artificial temporal and national boundaries. This conference will bring together scholars of medicine, health, and slavery to explore its transnational dimensions.
Conference: Politics and Religion in Early America (Beginnings to 1820)
March 1, 2018 - March 4, 2018
St. Louis, MO

This conference will explore the intersections between religion and politics in early America from pre-contact through the early republic. All topics related to the way religion shapes politics or politics shapes religion—how the two conflict, collaborate, or otherwise configure each other—will be welcomed.
Seminar: The Providence College Seminar on the History of Early America
March 1, 2018
Providence, RI

“What is Roger Williams?” by Julie Fisher, The George Washington University and National Parks Service. The Seminar will meet from 4:30-6:00pm in the Liberal Arts Honors Seminar Room (no. 202) in the Ruane Center for the Humanities.
Seminar: Triangle Early American History Seminar (TEAHS)
March 2, 2018
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina United States

"The Sacred World of Mary Prince" by Jon Sensbach of The University of Florida.
Seminar: The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Colloquium
March 6, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia United States of America

"Paths of Empire and Road to War in the American Interior, 1727-1754" by Alyssa Zuercher Reichardt of The Pennsylvania State University.
Seminar: MHS Boston Area Early American History Seminar
March 6, 2018
Boston, MA

Christopher Pastore, State University of New York at Albany; Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut; Conevery Valencius, Boston College. Panel Discussion: "Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America." Time: 5:15PM - 7:30PM
Seminar: Washington Early American Seminar Series
March 9, 2018
College Park, MD

Sarah Pearsall (University of Cambridge): "Polygamy and Power in Early America." Respondent: Rachel Walker
Conference: 2018 Virginia Forum
March 15, 2018 - March 17, 2018
Emory, VA

Founded in 2006, the Virginia Forum is an annual conference that brings together historians, teachers, writers, archivists, museum curators, historic site interpreters, librarians, and others engaged in the study and interpretation of Virginia history to share their knowledge, research, and experiences. This year's theme is: Local History and Regional Identity.
Seminar: The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Colloquium
March 20, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia

Shauna Sweeney, Omohundro Institute. Topic TBA.
Seminar: The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Colloquium
March 20, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia

Shauna Sweeney, Omohundro Institute. Topic TBA.
Conference: Université Paris Conference
March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
Paris, France

This conference will question how developing discourses of race came to structure the societies of Britain and America in the early modern period. It hopes to explore the way discourses of race and class interacted with each other, and how the vocabulary of social strata overlapped with the language of race.
Conference: Renaissance Society of America 2018 Conference
March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018
New Orleans, LA

The primary purpose of the RSA's annual conference is to promote interdisciplinary exchange and the study of the period between 1300 and 1700. The trends panel focus is "Representations of Race in the Renaissance."
Conference: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Climate Conference
March 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Albuquerque, NM

The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American studies. We are pleased to announce that “Climate,” the fifth biennial conference of C19, will be hosted by the University of NM.
Conference: University of London Conference
March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018
Bern, Switzerland

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics currently working on various aspects of captivity in war during the 19th and 20th centuries, and to discuss and explain how captivity in war varied and evolved during this period.
Conference: The Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Conference
March 29, 2018 - March 30, 2018
Wilmington, DE

This conferences focuses on "Images, Copyright, and the Public Domain in the Long Nineteenth Century."
Seminar: Washington Early American Seminar Series
March 30, 2018
College Park, MD

Will Mackintosh (University of Mary Washington): "Red Jacket Bathed Here: Inventing Indian Origins for Leisure in the Early Republic." Respondent: Katie Labor
Seminar: MHS Boston Area Early American History Seminar
April 3, 2018
Boston, MA

Brendan McConville of Boston University. "Terror Twice Told: Popular Conventions, Political Violence, and the Coming of the Constitutional Crisis, 1780-1787." Comment: Richard D. Brown, University of Connecticut. Time: 5:15PM - 7:30PM.
Conference: International Graduate Historical Studies Conference 2018
April 6, 2018 - April 7, 2018
Mount Pleasant, MI
Deadline: December 17, 2017

The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference (IGHSC) invites students from across the social sciences and the humanities to submit proposals for papers or panels that adopt an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, but we are also seeking papers or panels that approach historical topics in more traditional ways.
Seminar: The Providence College Seminar on the History of Early America
April 9, 2018
Providence, RI

“Gershom Bulkeley and Alchemical Experimentation in Colonial New England” by George Elliot, Brown University. The Seminar will meet from 4:30-6:00pm in the Liberal Arts Honors Seminar Room (no. 202) in the Ruane Center for the Humanities.
Conference: OAH 2018 Annual Meeting
April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Sacramento, CA

Annual Theme: "Forms of History." Meeting in the Sacramento Convention Center. Registration for this conference opens in October 2017.
Conference: Fourteenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
April 12, 2018 - April 13, 2018
Pembroke, NC
Deadline: January 31, 2018

The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.
Conference: Louisiana Historical Association 60th Annual Meeting
April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018
New Orleans, LA

New Orleans will be celebrating its 300 year anniversary in 2018. In many ways, the city is a microcosm of the dynamic tensions that manifest themselves in the macrocosm of Louisiana. This conference seeks to uncover the hidden histories of this region and make these findings known to a larger audience. While we will commemorate New Orleans’ diverse history at the conference, we also seek papers that will examine Louisiana (in its broadest terms) through this lens.
Conference: Society of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference
April 18, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Saint Paul, MN

The St. Paul conference will include 48 paper sessions that will draw architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, & preservationists from around the world together to present research on the history of the built environment
Conference: Atlantic World Workshop Conference at NYU
April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018
New York, NY

This conference aims to convene emerging and established scholars whose work speaks to gender in the Atlantic World between 1400 and 1800. While we welcome papers on any aspect of gender in the Atlantic World, we particularly encourage those that situate enslaved and Native actors within the broader Atlantic context, as well as those that critically consider imperial structures and the archival challenges they produce.
Conference: Lincoln College, Oxford's Printing and Misprinting Conference
April 20, 2018
Oxford, England

This one-day symposium aims to explore the notions of typos and manuscript or stop-press emendations in early modern print shops. Scholars are invited to present new evidence on what we can learn from misprints in relation to publishers’ practices, printing and pre-publication procedures, and editorial strategies between 1450 and 1600.
Seminar: Washington Early American Seminar Series
April 20, 2018
College Park, MD

Margot Minardi (Reed College): "American Internationalism in an Age of Nationalism: The Nineteenth-Century Movement for a Congress of Nations." Respondent: Roger Bailey
Seminar: Triangle Early American History Seminar (TEAHS)
April 27, 2018
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina United States

Josh Lynn of Yale. The Triangle Early American History Seminar meets at 4pm at the National Humanities Center in RTP to discuss a pre-circulated work in progress.
Seminar: MHS Boston Area Early American History Seminar
May 1, 2018
Boston, MA

Matthew Kruer of The University of Chicago. "The Time of Anarchy: the Susquehannock Scattering and the Crisis of English Colonialism, 1675-1685." Comment: Linford Fisher, Brown University
Seminar: The Providence College Seminar on the History of Early America
May 3, 2018
Providence, RI

“Across the Channel, Across the Atlantic: Anglo-Dutch Collaboration in the Seventeenth Century Americas” by Melissa Morris, Bridgewater State University. The Seminar will meet from 4:30-6:00pm in the Liberal Arts Honors Seminar Room (no. 202) in the Ruane Center for the Humanities.
Seminar: Washington Early American Seminar Series
May 4, 2018
Mount Vernon, VA

Lindsay Chervsinky (Southern Methodist University): "The President's Cabinet and the Whiskey Rebellion." Co-sponsored by the Fred W. Smith Library at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Respondent: Lauren Michalak
Conference: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory and Identity
May 17, 2018 - May 19, 2018
Saint Louis, MO
Deadline: January 5, 2018

The human experience is deeply rooted in memory. It is the raw material of personal identity and community. It informs our narratives, generates our myths, justifies our politics, and sustains our cultures. Memory gives us our autobiographical individual selves, yet memory also binds us to one another. In spite of this, memory is always contentious and selective, even traumatic, and its meanings are subjective. We seek proposals that explore these topics from a variety of disciplines, and with a particular interest in the intersection of memory and identity for individuals and communities in migration, whether domestically or transnationally.
Conference: History of Emotions Conference
June 1, 2018 - June 2, 2018
Fairfax, VA

This conference addresses major issues in the field of the history of emotions. There will be discussion of the formation of a virtual organisation for scholars working on the history of emotions in North America.
Conference: JCB Conference: Trans-American Crossings
June 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Providence, RI

The John Carter Brown Library will hold a conference exploring enslaved migrations within the Americas. June 1st at 12:00pm, June 2nd at 9:00am, June 3rd at 9:00am.
Conference: Eleventh Southern Association of Women Historians 2018 Conference
June 7, 2018 - July 10, 2018
Tuscaloosa, AL

This year’s conference theme ("Resistance, Power, and Accommodation: Women and Southern History") is inspired by both recent events and the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
Conference: SAR Ninth Annual Conference on the American Revolution: Spain and the American Revolution
June 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Baltimore, MD

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Ninth SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. The conference shall examine and reconsider Spain’s role in the American Revolution.
Conference: 2018 Association of Caribbean HIstorians (ACH) Conference
June 10, 2018 - June 15, 2018
Bridgetown, Barbados

The Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH) Executive Committee is pleased to announce the 50th Annual Conference of the ACH. The conference will reflect on the past and future development of the region’s premiere professional historical organization.
Conference: Attending to Early Modern Women: Action and Agency Conference
June 14, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Milwaukee, WI

The conference will address the theme of "Action and Agency," posing such questions as: How do we understand the sites and modes of gendered confrontations in the early modern period? What collectivities were possible, then and now, and how and why do they form and fade? How do women imagine choice, and what role does choice or the illusion of choice play in their lives? How can our work as scholars and teachers of a distant period become action?
Conference: OIEAHC 24th Annual Conference
June 14, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Williamsburg, VA

In 2018 our annual conference will celebrate the Omohundro Institute’s 75th anniversary and will assess the past, present, and potential futures for the practices of early American History.
Seminar: International Symposium co-sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center, the University of Oregon and the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, New Zealand
June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Honolulu, HI

This international symposium aims to bring together the excellent scholarship integrating the history of Pacific whaling with environmental and cross-cultural history.
Conference: Quatuor Coronati 2018 Conference at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial
September 14, 2018 - September 16, 2018
Arlington, VA

We invite proposals for papers presenting new research in the form of biographical or prosopographical findings in the history of Anglo-American Freemasonry during the long eighteenth centur, including studies of freemasons in or from Britain, Ireland, all of North America and the Caribbean.
Conference: Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and The University of Delaware
November 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

"Coming to Terms? Confronting War and Peace through the Visual and Material in the Atlantic World, 1651-1865." This conference will explore the processes that exist between treaty-making and memory-making, the meanings of war, and the promises of peace.
Conference: Biannual Meeting of the European Early American Studies Association
December 14, 2018 - December 16, 2018
London, England
Deadline: April 15, 2018

The 7th biannual meeting of the European Early American Studies Association convenes in London 14-16 December 2018 at King's College London and Queen Mary University of London. The conference theme for EEASA 2018 is "The making and unmaking of identities and connections in early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850."
Conference: American Historical Association Annual Meeting 2019
January 3, 2019 - January 6, 2019
Chicago, IL

Meeting details TBA.
Conference: OAH 2019 Annual Meeting
April 4, 2019 - April 7, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Deadline: January 12, 2018

The program committee encourages proposals focusing on research, teaching, and public education that address the conference theme: "The Work of Freedom."