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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: Powerful Emotions: Emotions & Power c. 400-1850
June 28, 2017 - June 30, 2017
York, England

This conference will draw on a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise to address the relationships between two fundamental concepts in social and historical inquiry: power and emotion. How are historical forms of cultural, social, religious, political and soft power linked with the expression, performance and control of emotions? How has power been negotiated and resisted through expressions of emotions? How have emotional cultures sustained or been produced by particular structures of power? How have understandings and expressions of emotion played out within cross-cultural encounters and conflicts? What has been the relationship between intimate, personal feeling and its public, collective manifestations?
Conference: Litigating Women: Negotiating Justice in Courts of Law, c.1100 - c.1750
June 28, 2017 - June 29, 2017
Swansea, Wales

As part of the AHRC-funded collaborative project 'Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain and Ireland, c. 1100-c.1750', and in conjunction with Swansea University's 11th annual 'Symposium by the Sea', this two-day event will explore women's access to justice and use of the lawcourts in Britain and Continental Europe in the medieval and early modern periods.
Conference: A Violent World? Changes and Limits to Large-Scale Violence in Early Modernity
June 29, 2017 - July 1, 2017
Oxford, England

This conference brings global approaches to the history of violence, reassessing the nature of violence during the early modern period. We encourage scholars to address contemporary perceptions of violence and its restraint, framing analysis through thematic, rather than geographic, approaches.
Conference: Gestures in Texts and the Visual Arts
June 29, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Dijon, France

Following up on its exploration of intermediality and text-image relations, the Centre de Recherche Texte/Image/Langage of Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is organizing a bilingual (French-English) international conference on the inscription of gestures in texts and the visual arts from the early modern period.
Conference: Afterlives of Violence: Contested Geographies of Past, Present and Future
June 29, 2017
Brighton, England

Traces of the past (including past futures) have the potential to unsettle linear understandings of time underpinning discourses that aim to draw a line between the past and the present. Such material legacies become subject to a complex articulation of contested regimes of visibility, readership and belonging that can also be explored in their material and spatial implications. The aim of this postgraduate conference is to expand traditional understandings of the politics of memory and to highlight the relationship between spatiality and temporality.
Seminar: American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York
July 3, 2017 - July 28, 2017
New York, NY

Bard Graduate Center will host American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York, a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Educators at Bard Graduate Center, New York City, July 3–28, 2017. Our case study is New York City and its immediate environs, focusing on the nineteenth century, when the city emerged as a national center for fashioning cultural commodities and promoting consumer tastes.
Conference: British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference
July 6, 2017 - July 9, 2017
York, England

The Conferences Committee invites proposals for individual papers and for sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine, and from their colleagues in the wider scholarly community, on any theme, topic or period.
Conference: BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures
July 6, 2017 - July 10, 2017
Shropshire, England

This conference seeks to engage in an open multi-disciplinary analysis of the heritage of bridges –not only as physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape.
Conference: American Comparative Literature Association
July 6, 2017 - July 9, 2017
Utrecht, Netherlands

Annual Meeting
Conference: The Sixth Biennial Afroeuropeans Conference
July 6, 2017 - July 8, 2017
Tampere, Finland

The general theme of the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. We encourage submissions exploring the topics below as well as proposals on other topics related to African/Black European communities and cultures.
Conference: Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) Annual Conference
July 6, 2017
Oxford, England

We invite proposals on any topic, geographical period, chronological time, or theme related to the history of women in the Americas. We also welcome comparative papers between two countries in the Americas or one in the Americas and a country outside the region.
Conference: Retailing and Distribution in the Seventeenth Century
July 9, 2017
Wolverhampton, England

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution ­invites submissions for a conference that explores retailing and distribution in the seventeenth century. Papers focusing on any geographical area or topic are welcome.
Conference: Jews on the Move: Exploring the movement of Jews, objects, texts, and ideas in space and time
July 10, 2017 - July 12, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland

From the earliest accounts travel and migration, movement across space and time characterise Jewish history. No less crucial than the movement of people is the movement of texts, objects, and ideas, which travel both physically and intellectually as generations in distant locations engage with these at different times and places. This conference invites contributions of papers and panel proposals within the broad theme of the conference.
Seminar: Other Languages, Other Americas
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
Worcester, MA

This American Antiquarian Society Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture will survey and critically examine the state of two overlapping fields—hemispheric and multilingual American studies—while asking how book history might reshape these fields.
Conference: Religion and Conflict in Medieval and Early Modern Periods
July 11, 2017 - July 13, 2017
Nottingham, England

Conference: III CHAM International Conference
July 12, 2017 - July 15, 2017
Lisbon, Portugal

Annual Theme: "Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environment"
Conference: Immortal Austen Conference
July 13, 2017 - July 16, 2017
Adelaide, Australia

When Jane Austen died on 18 July 1817, her death caused only a very small ripple in literary circles, but two hundred years after her death Austen’s works are showing no signs of dying off. What is it about Austen that still attracts readers? Why are her works still living? Is her continuing popularity caused by her romantic plots or her confident ironic voice? What can Austen’s engagement with her own turbulent world offer us now?
Conference: Economic Warfare and the Sea, 1650-1950
July 13, 2017 - July 15, 2017
London, England

This conference seeks to examine the role and consequence of economic warfare at sea from the early modern period to the Second World War, and to connect naval history with broader themes in economic and diplomatic history. Papers which take a long chronological view of this topic are particularly encouraged, as are those which explore or compare multiple regions of the globe.
Conference: Worlds of Nature and Medicine: New Historical Perspectives
August 2, 2017 - August 3, 2017
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At this two-day workshop, leading historians from around the world will present new research on the emergence and development of concepts and practices related to natural history and materia medica in the New World from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, illuminating the connections between global and local processes in natural science and medicine.
Conference: Contentious Claims - Negotiating Ownership in Law and Culture
August 6, 2017 - August 13, 2017
Osnabrueck, Germany

The seventh International Osnabrueck Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law aims to encourage and further promote the interdisciplinary study and research of the interrelations between law and culture, based on the idea that the extended cultural study of the law will foster profitable scholarly exchange and dialogue between legal studies and the humanities.
Conference: Shaking up the World?: Global Effects of Haitian Tremors, 1791, 2010
August 10, 2017 - August 12, 2017
Aarhus, Denmark

The outbreak of the 1791 Haitian revolution shook the imperial powers of Europe and the US. Never before had the enslaved rebelled so powerfully and in the decades to come, the name of the once lucrative colony, Saint-Domingue, provoked anxiety and suspicion. In 2010, Western eyes again turned to Haiti as a devastating earthquake hit the island. Natural forces together with poverty and inadequate infrastructure caused a major humanitarian crisis. Taking its point of departure in the intersection of politics and aesthetics, this conference probes the global responses to and repercussions of these events within the frame of emergent and contemporary modernity.
Seminar: George Washington: The Early Years - A Seminar & Tour
August 11, 2017 - August 13, 2017
Fredericksburg, VA

Conference: First International Congress
August 15, 2017 - August 19, 2017
Dublin, Ireland

This is the inaugural congress in a triennial series that examines the histories, cultures, heritages and identities of Irish communities beyond Ireland's shores.
Conference: African Diaspora beyond the Black Atlantic: Dynamics and Significance in the Latin American World and Elsewhere
August 22, 2017 - August 23, 2017
Badagry, Nigeria

Beyond the special focus on the Latin American Diaspora in the narrative, the conference welcomes submissions on the otherwise privileged Anglo-American Africa Diaspora as well as other African Diasporas: from the French canon in Europe and America, to the Pacific basin, to the Indian Ocean, and Asia. It is equally interested in the historical and contemporary dynamics of intra-African Diaspora, especially with respect to the frontier zones that evolved out of the dislocating consequences of the centuries-long aggression of transatlantic slavery.
Conference: Land and Water: Port Towns, Maritime Connections, and Oceanic Spaces of the Early Modern Atlantic World
August 31, 2017 - September 3, 2017
Portsmouth, England

The organisers welcome work that explores the themes of port towns in the early modern Atlantic World in their broadest construction: sites of intercultural exchange, sites of tension, and sites of community. The relationship between land and water is intended to encompass all of the inhabitants of the Atlantic World: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas; Africans; Europeans; and their descendants.
Conference: Colonies and Colonial Wars in History
September 2, 2017 - September 8, 2017
Douala, Cameroon

The Educational Committee of the International Commission of Military History invites PhD. students to take part in a workshop for young scholars who are still working on or have just finished their PhD thesis on a topic related to “Colonies and Colonial Wars in History“.
Conference: Hakluyt Society Symposium: Trading Companies and Travel Literature
September 11, 2017 - September 12, 2017
Canterbury, England

This conference brings together travel literature and trading companies by exploring how the various European companies collected, created, curated, protected and utilised material relating to travel and discovery around the world.
Conference: The Digital Panopticon: Crime and Punishment in Britain and its Penal Colonies, 1780-1925
September 13, 2017 - September 15, 2017
Liverpool, England

We invite papers on any aspect of crime and punishment in Britain and its penal colonies between 1780 and 1925. We also welcome papers which include a comparative dimension with other times and places; papers on digital history, life histories of prisoners and convicts.
Conference: McMullen Naval History Symposium
September 14, 2017 - September 15, 2017
Annapolis, MD

The year 2017 marks several significant milestones in naval history: the centenary of the United States’ entry into the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, and the 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, among many others. The History Department of the U.S. Naval Academy invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2017 McMullen Naval History Symposium on these and any other topics related to American or world, naval and maritime history.
Conference: Race and the Sea
September 15, 2017
Liverpool, England

Since ancient times peoples of different races have enjoyed a relationship with the sea. This has included trade, exploration and the pursuit of empire. We seek to better understand the relationship between race and the ocean.
Conference: Memory and the Making of Knowledge in the Early Modern World
September 18, 2017 - September 22, 2017
Göttingen, Germany

This conference will bring together senior scholars and junior researchers whose work addresses memory in early modern literature and history. It aims to consolidate recent advances in these fields and develop new avenues of inquiry through an intensive programme of skills training, collections-oriented excursions, and – above all – productive intellectual exchange on research topics and techniques.
Conference: Early Modern Debts / Obligation and Cancellation in European Culture, 1550-1700
September 21, 2017 - September 22, 2017
Bamberg, Germany

This conference will stimulate rigorous interdisciplinary work on debt and credit in early modern culture. It addresses the relationship between general theories of debt and particular experiences or operations of debt, and explores how different sorts of credit interacted.
Conference: Women in New Netherland
September 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Albany, NY

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. The New Netherland Institute would like to use this centenary and our Annual Conference to highlight the role of women in the development of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland and early New York.
Conference: Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture
September 22, 2017 - September 24, 2017
Madison, WI

Often celebrated and criticized as the next big thing in humanist research and teaching, “the digital humanities” get a lot of press for shaking up the way things are done. But is “dh” a continuation of some of the most “traditional” scholarly work in the humanities: bibliography, textual criticism, and book history? This conference, convened by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aims to study how digital humanities grows out book history, how “bh” and “dh” continue to be mutually informative and generative, and how also they contradict each other.
Conference: Power and Struggle
September 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama's Graduate History Association welcomes submissions for our 2017 Power and Struggle Conference. Topics may include, but are not limited to: power in institutions, society, and religion; struggle in cultural expression, social relationships, and belief systems; power in discourse on gender, race, and class; struggle against labels in nationalism, ethnicity, sub-culture, or sexual identity; power in traditional structures such as politics, diplomacy, imperialism, and war; and struggle in resistance such as crime, protest, liberation, and revolution.
Lecture: Salt Creek Memory Project
September 22, 2017
Provo, UT

Lecture by Fawn-Amber Montoya, Colorado State University - Pueblo.
Seminar: Fort Ticonderoga Annual Seminar on the American Revolution
September 22, 2017 - September 24, 2017
Fort Ticonderoga, NY
Deadline: August 15, 2017

This weekend seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence.
Seminar: Fifth Summer Academy of Atlantic History
September 28, 2017 - October 1, 2017
Sevilla, Spain

"Connecting and Globalizing the Atlantic." Hosted by Prof Bartolomé Yun Casalilla of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.
Conference: Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies
September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017
St. Louis, MO

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's Empire and the Commonwealth from Roman Britain to the modern age. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies, and art history.
Conference: Northern Great Plains History Conference
October 4, 2017 - October 7, 2017
Grand Forks, ND

The Society for Military History sponsors a full slate of sessions at the Northern Great Plains History Conference. Papers and panels in all areas of military history are welcome. Proposals are welcomed from academics, public historians, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students.
Conference: Charles Brockden Brown Society Conference
October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017
Dublin, Ireland

Annual Theme: Migration, Diaspora, Circulation and Translation
Conference: Lenses and Contacts: Framing Early America
October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

How vast is too vast? How small is too small? Where do you get your frames? This conference will focus on established historiographical frameworks and new directions.
Conference: Annual Meeting of the Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America
October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017
San Diego, CA
Deadline: July 1, 2017

The Southwest Seminar is a collaborative effort among specialists from across the U.S. Southwest dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to the study of colonial Latin America. The Seminar’s annual meetings are conceived as a venue to exchange ideas and to encourage collegiality and conviviality among colonial Latin Americanists of varied backgrounds and with diverse research interests.
Conference: The Underground Railroad in Northeastern North Carolina
October 6, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

The symposium will explore issues surrounding the role played by the Albemarle region as well as delving into broader, national events and personalities. The subject of the Underground Railroad is underrepresented in academic scholarship about North Carolina, and the museum is seeking to increase the body of research particularly on those subjects closely associated with the Albemarle region.
Conference: Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference
October 12, 2017 - October 15, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

This four-day international conference will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains.
Conference: Single Lives: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture
October 13, 2017 - October 14, 2017
Dublin, Ireland

This conference will explore the last 200 years of literature and popular media by, about, and for single women in relation to aesthetics and form, race, sexuality, class, space, reproduction and the family, political movements, and labor.
Conference: Slavery and the Law in West Africa
October 16, 2017 - October 18, 2017
Bamako, Mali
Deadline: July 1, 2017

The international conference “Slavery and the Law in West Africa” aims to contribute to the identification, evaluation and comparison of the legal norms originating from local traditions and texts produced by slavery and post-slavery societies as well as colonial and postcolonial states in West Africa. But the conference also aims to examine the legal practices, both historical and contemporary, that those societies have developed in this regard. This analysis will allow us to explore today’s legacies of the history of the slave trade and slavery in West Africa, notably in terms of discrimination against the descendants of formerly enslaved populations, but also some of the causes behind the recent resurgence of exploitative practices akin to slavery.
Conference: 18th Annual Conference in African American History
October 18, 2017 - October 20, 2017
Memphis, TN
Deadline: September 1, 2017

Theme: “From the Archives to Social Media: Exploring Black History, Culture, and Lives”
Conference: Subaltern political knowledges, ca. 1770- ca. 1950
October 18, 2017 - October 20, 2017
Antwerp, Belgium

During the last decades, political historians have increasingly focused on the evolution of political consciousness among the “common people” during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In that process they have often made use of all-encompassing notions such as politicization, democratization and nationalization. This conference intends to take one step back and ask a question which should precede all discussion of politicization, democratization and nationalization of the masses: what did people actually know about politics?
Conference: The Course of Empires: American-Italian Cultural Relations, 1770-1980
October 19, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Washington, DC

This international conference will examine the persistent fascination of American and Italian artists with the cultural achievements of ancient Rome and the Renaissance. In creating national identities, both countries turned to history for similar reasons: to find inspiration for enlightened political practices; to locate models of artistic, political, and economic preeminence; and to seek ways to ward off imperial decadence and decline. Yet alongside this tendency toward emulation, some American and Italian artists looked askance at the myths of antique and Renaissance glories.
Conference: Before the City / Beyond the City: Capitalism in the Countryside
October 19, 2017 - October 20, 2017
Cambridge, MA

The organizing committee for the inaugural Harvard Graduate Conference on the History of Capitalism invites graduate students to submit proposals addressing this year’s theme: capitalism in the countryside.
Conference: Rethinking the Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display
October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Worcester, MA

A 21st century term, “Afropolitan,” already is charged with contested meanings. A historicized approach to this concept raises new questions about how scholars and activists read race, gender, identity, and ethics in images and texts. This workshop aims to examine the Afropolitan within the intersections of gender, race, and visual culture in the Atlantic world from the sixteenth century to the present and will also consider proposals that de-center the Atlantic by treating similar themes in or in relation to other regions, such as the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, or Pacific Ocean worlds.
Conference: New Perspectives on Black British History Conference
October 21, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Chichester, England

What are the latest research findings in Black British History? How are young and emerging scholars of Black British History, particularly those of African and Caribbean heritage, pushing the boundaries of knowledge and redrawing the field? How can such historical research inform the teaching of history in schools, encourage an understanding of a more inclusive British history and the engagement of more young people of African and Caribbean heritage? What new and innovative teaching methods are being employed in schools? Through a series of presentations, discussions, and short films, this two-day conference seeks to address those questions.
Conference: Pennsylvania's Global Connections
October 26, 2017
West Chester, PA
Deadline: August 4, 2017

The conference will explore how Pennsylvania and/or Pennsylvanians have participated in wider global trends throughout history.
Conference: Extraordinary Bodies in Early Modern Nature and Culture
October 26, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Uppsala, Sweden

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars from different fields to discuss current research on extraordinary bodies in natural history, medicine, law, religion, philosophy, and travel literature in the early modern period.
Conference: Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) Annual Meeting
October 26, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Milwaukee, WI

In this year, celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's "Ninety-Five Theses," the SCSC will meet in Milwaukee, a city with a proud German and Lutheran heritage. As always, we will accept papers on any topic within the "long sixteenth century," not just those on Germany or on Lutheran subjects.
Conference: American Society for Legal History
October 26, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Las Vegas, NV

The 2017 ASLH Annual Meeting Program Committee invites proposals on any facet or period of legal history, anywhere in the world. We also strongly encourage thematic proposals that traverse traditional chronological or geographical fields.
Conference: From Colonial Encounters to the Iraq War: Prisoners of War and Their Place in History
October 26, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Louisville, KY

The Filson Historical Society’s Institute For Advanced Study proposes a three day academic conference that will explore the experience of POWs in all American conflicts since the colonial period. The conference aims to advance our understanding of the integral role prisoners of war played in the economic, cultural, political and military waging of American wars.
Conference: The Art of Revolutions
October 26, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

The tumult and transformations resulting from the Age of Revolutions (1770s-1840s) created a trans-Atlantic body of art and material culture that reflected and inspired new ideas and actions. Inspired by Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society’s 2017 exhibition on the legacy of the patriot portraitist Charles Willson Peale and his artistic family from the eighteenth century until the middle of the nineteenth, the APS and PMA will co-sponsor a scholarly conference from October 26-28, 2017 that explores the role of imagery in influencing and giving meaning to the political revolutions that defined the late-18th and early-19th centuries.
Conference: Encounters with Difference, a Conference on Travel Writing and Gender
October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Berlin, Germany

Travel writing is centrally concerned with narrating encounters with difference. This conference seeks to further the discussion of how gender influences these encounters and the writing thereof. We invite papers on travel writing, particularly from the 18th–21st centuries, that engage with all questions of gender and difference.
Conference: Slavery, Slave Trade and the Making of Mozambique
October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Maputo, Mozambique
Deadline: July 1, 2017

The Oficina de História-Mozambique is organizing its second annual international conference in collaboration with the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, York University; the National Archives of Mozambique; the Center for Research in Social Sciences and Philosophy of the Pedagogy University of Mozambique and the Fortaleza of Maputo. This year, the conference seeks to bring different perspectives of analysis of all aspects of the institution of slavery in Mozambique from the earliest times to the present.
Conference: UCLA Art History Graduate Student Symposium
October 28, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

Powerful works of art can shake the foundations of our world and disrupt the status quo. But they can also help us theorize new ways of navigating a world that is both in flux and in tension. Now is a crucial moment to critically consider the history of art in relation to its literal and figurative borders and to ask in what ways artists and artworks have contributed to and confronted our conceptualization of these borders, conventions, and lines of demarcation.
Conference: Enlightened Princesses: Britain and Europe, 1700-1820
October 29, 2017 - October 31, 2017
London, England

Caroline of Ansbach (1683–1737), Augusta of Saxe Gotha (1719–1772), and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744–1818), three Protestant German princesses, became variously Princess of Wales, Queen Consort, and Princess Dowager of Great Britain. This symposium seeks to investigate the role played by royal women—electresses, princesses, queens consort, reigning queens, and empresses—in the shaping of court culture and politics in Europe of the long eighteenth century.
Conference: Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference
November 1, 2017 - November 4, 2017
New Orleans, LA

The Haitian Studies Association will hold its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, a site that offers scholars a look at how the “making of the people” occurs outside of the geopolitical spaces associated with a nation-state. The questions that the Conference will seek to answer address the nature, scope, and dynamics of citizenship in the making of a Haitian people.
Conference: Bodies Corporeal and Rhetorical
November 3, 2017 - November 5, 2017
Denver, CO

In this workshop we will explore early modern conceptions of the body, broadly defined: constructions of bodies politic, and bodies corporate; bodies of water and land; bodies of belief and faith; bodies of thought or knowledge. The session will feature 7-10 pre-circulated papers of 15-25 pages. All participants will be required to submit their papers by the last day of September, and to have read the entire session's papers in advance of the conference.
Conference: Heritage, Art, Memory, and Agency
November 3, 2017 - November 5, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherland

This conference with explore the relationship between contemporary and historical archaeology and cultural memory narratives. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to artefacts and people, examining the agency of art, and how humans, material culture, and non-human actors interact to form identities, and to create, perpetuate, and/or challenge social hierarchies, taboos, and a sense of place.
Seminar: Schomburg Lapidus Center Talks at Noon
November 3, 2017
New York, NY

Keynote: Anthony Di Lorenzo, Lapidus Center Fellow, "Antislavery Politics in New York During the Age of Revolution"
Conference: Fourth International Conference of the Caribbean Economic History Association
November 8, 2017 - November 11, 2017
San Andres, Colombia

The main theme of the conference will be "Population Movements and their Implications for the Caribbean Economy."
Conference: Southern Historical Association
November 9, 2017 - November 12, 2017
Dallas, TX

Annual Meeting 2017
Conference: Southern Conference on British Studies 2017 Meeting
November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Dallas, TX

The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. We welcome both individual and panel submissions on any topic in British Studies, but especially on the theme of "Utopias: Sacred and Secular."
Conference: Migration(s): Body, Word, Spirit
November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017
College Park, MD

Migration(s) of various sorts—of people, information, political, religious, and cultural movements—have long transformed the periods, places, and paradigms in which they occur. Intrinsically interesting in their original context, these historic migrations also provide much-needed perspective on the migrations our world is currently experiencing.
Conference: Southern Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting
November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Dallas, TX

The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. We welcome both individual and panel submissions on any topic in British Studies, but especially on the theme of Utopias: Sacred and Secular.
Conference: "Fake News!": An Historical Perspective
November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Newcastle, England

Fake news is a term that has become familiar in late 2016 and early 2017, not least because of international political developments. But is it necessarily a new phenomenon? The Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland (NPHFI) seeks to investigate this phenomenon and its historical application in the print media at its tenth annual conference.
Conference: Early Exploration and Mapping
November 13, 2017 - November 14, 2017
Nova Scotia, Canada

While the mission of CANADA 150 is to celebrate Confederation in 1867, this conference foregrounds the commemoration of this moment of Canada’s history with a look at the early exploration and mapping of the territory that now forms the country. Proposals for well-illustrated papers are sought that address all aspects of the exploration and cartography of these lands, from Indigenous sources describing the encounter with Europeans to European and Settler explorations ranging in date from the voyage of John Cabot in 1497 to the Treaty of 1763.
Seminar: Native Peoples, Livestock, and the Environment
November 15, 2017
Boston, MA

Boston Environmental History Seminar. Keynotes: Katrina Lacher, University of Central Oklahoma, and Strother Roberts, Bowdoin College.
Conference: Fourth Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food
November 17, 2017 - November 18, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

We invite proposals on the complex notion of taste: its characteristics, its cultural evaluation, and its history.
Conference: The Production of Imperial Space: Empire and Circulations (18th -20th centuries)
November 23, 2017 - November 24, 2017
Paris, France

The workshop intends to focus on circulation as an entry point to study the imbrication of spaces, of space-producing activities, and of actors, in an imperial context. The workshop adopts a broad definition of circulation, looking at the movement of peoples and goods, of information, knowledge, techniques, cultural productions and practices which constitute the circulatory regime of a given society, a regime that is constantly reconstituted in response to wider economic, social and political processes.
Conference: Liverpool Bluecoat: Charity, Philanthropy and the Black Atlantic
November 24, 2017 - November 25, 2017
Liverpool, England

While slavery is often presumed to be opposite to or distant from the ‘virtuous realm’ of philanthropy, this conference takes Bluecoat as a symbol of a more challenging, apparently contradictory history. It looks to explore how slavery and the black Atlantic filtered through and shaped such areas as charity, philanthropy, religion, education, philosophy, culture, literature and art.
Conference: Self-portrait in costumes: multiple identities at play
November 24, 2017
Nantes, France

This conference is an invitation to consider the complexity of the self-portrait in costume particularly in the contemporary period. Indeed, both postmodern reflexivity and self-referentiality, and the extended possibilities offered by image manipulation have revived this genre, with the success of selfies or avatars for instance raising new questions.
Conference: Moving Beyond Paternalism: Supplicants, Saviors and the Politics of Anti-Slavery and Anti-Trafficking in Africa
November 29, 2017 - December 1, 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa

Our conference has two primary goals. The first is to interrogate the ideological foundations and practical effects of this enduring politics of paternalism in Africa. While we are especially interested in the specific case of anti-slavery, anti-trafficking and forced labor, we also recognize that the politics of paternalism also has broader applications in relation to larger projects of human and economic development, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which also need to be part of the equation. This broader canvas is important, because it provides a foundation for our second major goal, which is to contribute to ongoing discussions regarding what a non-paternalistic politics might look like, and whether and to what extent there are established models of better practice that might be refined and applied.
Conference: Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods
November 29, 2017
Warsaw, Poland

The international conference, scheduled to take place over three days, will focus on discussing the latest methods of working with women’s personal documents, biographies and letters.
Conference: Material Histories of Time: Objects and Practices, 14th-18th centuries
November 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

The historiography of timekeeping is traditionally characterized by a dichotomy between research that investigates the evolution of technical devices on the one hand, and research that is concerned with the examination of the cultures and uses of time on the other hand. The former engages with the improvement of clocks and watches’ mechanical movements, the biography of prominent clockmakers, the study of technical knowledge and the organization of production. The latter examines the various forms of temporal organization and coordination, and the ways they became internalized. The symposium will aim at contributing to a dialogue between these two approaches by taking table clocks, portable watches, marine chronometers, carriage clocks, tact watches, alarm clocks, bells and hands, etc. as the starting point of a joint reflection that will get specialists of the history of horology together with scholars studying the social and cultural history of time.
Conference: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait, 14th - 18th Centuries
December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Munich, Germany

What meanings do head and body convey in the medieval and early modern ruler portrait? How do its mimetic schemes and visual projections of power relate to each other? How are conceptually abstract norms and values of rulership transposed to categories of looking? How do images of bodies concretize these norms and values, and what modes of representation do they cultivate? This conference should comprehensively thematize the different normative, material, medial, functional, and aesthetic aspects of the corporeal and material presence of rulership in painted and printed ruler portraits from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
Conference: Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context
December 7, 2017 - December 9, 2017
Berlin, Germany

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung invite submissions for a three-day conference in Berlin on concepts of historical periodization in transregional perspective.
Conference: Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
December 7, 2017 - December 9, 2017
New York, NY

In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome.
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?
Conference: Violence, Coercion, and Social Change in Borderlands History
February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018
El Paso, TX
Deadline: September 15, 2017

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: 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: 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 Conference
February 9, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Montgomery, AL
Deadline: October 16, 2017

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: 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.
Conference: 2018 Virginia Forum
March 15, 2018 - March 17, 2018
Emory, VA
Deadline: October 1, 2017

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.
Conference: Race and class in Britain and America, 17th-19th centuries
March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
Paris, France
Deadline: September 30, 2017

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: Images, Copyright, and the Public Domain in the Long Nineteenth Century
March 29, 2018 - March 30, 2018
Wilmington, DE

This project aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines and fields (printing history, art history, law, literature, visual culture, book history, etc.) to explore the cultural and legal consequences of the proliferation of images in the long nineteenth century. Our geographic focus will be on Great Britain and the United States in connection with the wider world, not only their colonies and territories, but also their commercial and artistic links with other countries.
Conference: Society of Architectural Historians
April 18, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Saint Paul, MN

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 2018 Annual International Conference.
Conference: Southern Association of Women Historians Conference
June 7, 2018 - July 10, 2018
Tuscaloosa, AL
Deadline: August 15, 2017

Annual Theme: Resistance, Power, and Accommodation: Women and Southern History.
Conference: 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: Attending to Early Modern Women: Action and Agency
June 14, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Milwaukee, WI
Deadline: November 15, 2017

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: Freemasons in the Transatlantic World during the Long Eighteenth Century
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.