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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: 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: Fire and Water: Entangled Histories of Empire and Science in the Early Modern Americas
September 21, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Providence, RI

As part of a four-year series on the four elements as a heuristic window onto early environmental history in the Americas, the John Carter Brown Library will host junior and senior scholars for a three-day interrogation of the role of science in the Americas and, in particular, the ongoing dialogue between Iberian and northern European traditions.
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: 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.
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: Comparative Abolition in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans: A Research Conference
September 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Leeds, England

Conference participants will explore research synergies and collaborative opportunities, promote a new cycle of comparative studies of slavery and indentured labour, and help define new trans-regional doctoral fields in historical research. Taking the theme of ‘abolition’ as its point of departure, the event will build on the significant growth of scholarship on unfree labour in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds during the past two decades.
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

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: Atlantic Trajectories: Trends and Movements in Atlantic World Studies
September 29, 2017 - September 30, 2017
Providence, RI

The first generation of Atlantic historians, trained under the inexhaustible Bernard Bailyn, presumed the British Atlantic to be The Atlantic. But there are all sorts of Atlantics that lie beneath the surface: a multinational, non-regulated ocean of contingency, chaos, and occasional rhythm, whose stories can be told from Indigenous, Dutch, French, Indigenous, Portuguese, and Spanish perspectives. We would like to hear these stories from the next generation of Atlantic historians. We imagine this conference as a set of conversations amongst graduate students who are concerning themselves primarily with the Southern Atlantic.
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: Annual Meeting of the Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America
October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017
San Diego, CA

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: 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: 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: Migration With(out) Boundaries
October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017
East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University will host the sixth annual graduate student research conference on migration. Migration Studies is a burgeoning and all too relevant area of academic attention, and the conference brings together a cohort of scholars working on any thematic, conceptual, spatial, or temporal aspect of human migration from any disciplinary perspective.
Conference: "Good, Fast, Cheap: Printed Words & Images in America
October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017
Worcester, MA

The Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society and the American Printing History Association are hosting a joint conference which will explore the production, distribution, reception, and survival of printed words and images in America to 1900.
Conference: Temporary and Mobile Domesticities, 1600 to the present
October 10, 2017
London, England

This one-day workshop explores the manner in which mobility and temporariness impact upon ideas and practices of home and domesticity. The aim is to bring together researchers working in different disciplines to explore similarities and differences between time periods, geographical locations and circumstances. Furthermore, the objective is to discuss how we might relate temporary and mobile domesticities to larger questions about actor agency and shifts in economic, social, and political structures.
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: The Franciscans in Mexico: Five Centuries of Cultural Influence
October 13, 2017 - October 14, 2017
Washington, DC

The conference brings together junior and senior scholars to study the long Franciscan experience in Mexico on the eve of the commemoration of the quincentenary of the Spanish—and thus the Franciscan—presence in Mexico.
Conference: Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit
October 13, 2017
Charlottesville, VA

This conference aims to highlight the growing number of significant and innovative efforts to conceive of and construct digital archives within Virginia. The Summit will be an open-ended conference assembling individuals and institutions across disciplines—including but not limited to archivists, scholars, librarians, museum specialists, and technologists—who are expanding and grappling with the role of archives and archives-based research in the digital age.
Conference: Cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of knowledge-making in the early modern world (1450-1800)
October 14, 2017
London, England

The aims of the conference are to deepen the understanding of how a certain type of cross-disciplinarity already characterised knowledge-making along cultural encounters in an expanding world from c.1415 onwards.
Conference: Slavery and the Law in West Africa
October 16, 2017 - October 18, 2017
Bamako, Mali

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: Slavery, Memory and Literature
October 18, 2017 - October 19, 2017
Paris, France

In this workshop, we invite researchers to engage in discussion of literature and slavery in relation to central questions of memory, testimony and the formation of archives.
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: 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: 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: 375 Years of African American Presence in Maryland
October 19, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Bowie, MD

The year 2017 represents the 375th anniversary of African American presence in Maryland. Since the arrival of the first captives from Africa in 1642, people of African descent have contributed significantly to the shaping of Maryland’s culture, economy, and institutions. The organizers of this conference invite panels and individual papers addressing any aspect of the history, culture, and experiences of African Americans in Maryland.
Conference: The Domestic
October 20, 2017
Princeton, NJ

We welcome paper submissions that engage with the domestic in any period of French or Francophone literature or culture.
Conference: Law and Governance in Britain
October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017
London, Canada

The sixth Law and Governance in Britain Conference, co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Faculty of Law, Western University, will take place on 20-21 October 2017. This conference focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.
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: 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: 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: 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: Pennsylvania's Global Connections
October 26, 2017
West Chester, PA

The conference will explore how Pennsylvania and/or Pennsylvanians have participated in wider global trends throughout history.
Conference: Colloquium on Military History for PhD students
October 26, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Potsdam, Germany

This colloquium gives PhD students the opportunity to discuss their projects with an international as well as interdisciplinary audience.
Conference: Slavery's Untold Stories
October 27, 2017
Liverpool, England

We invite papers that demonstrate how new theories and ways of working can provide scholars with the tools to achieve a deeper understanding of slavery’s past and long-lasting legacies, and encourage new, creative and interdisciplinary ways of communicating slavery’s experiences, impact, and overall cultural significance.
Conference: First Colony Foundation Outer Banks History Weekend
October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Manteo, NC

OBX HISTORY WEEKEND. Roanoke! The Map! Westward Ho! X marks the spot! Symposium, historic tours, and exhibits.
Conference: Slavery, Slave Trade and the Making of Mozambique
October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Maputo, Mozambique

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: 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: 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: 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.
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.
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: Uncomfortable Conversations: Religion and Politics in New England
November 4, 2017
New London, CT
Deadline: September 30, 2017

Just in time for Thanksgiving—chief holiday of awkward family conversations—the Association for the Study of Connecticut History will be hosting our fall academic conference tackling two of the biggest of difficult topics: politics and religion.
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 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: 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: 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.
Conference: Reckoning with Slavery: New Directions in the History, Memory, Legacy, and Popular Representations of Enslavement
November 15, 2017 - November 17, 2017
New York, NY

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery is proud to present its inaugural conference. Thirty-one scholars from the U.S. and other countries will present new research on abolition, Civil War and Reconstruction, gender and sexuality, archives, memory and identity, photography, the search for freedom, and public history.
Conference: Research Seminar in American History
November 15, 2017 - November 17, 2017
Leiden, England
Deadline: September 15, 2017

The Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) is an independent research institute dedicated to the study of the history, politics, and culture of the United States. It is partnered with Leiden University. We kindly invite applications for presentations from current Ph.D. candidates whose research covers any aspect of U.S. culture, society, politics, or foreign relations in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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: 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: 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: 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

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

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.
Conference: Negotiating Waters: Seas, Oceans and Passageways in the Colonial and Postcolonial Anglophone World
February 15, 2018 - February 16, 2018
Grenoble, France
Deadline: October 15, 2017

This conference will examine how seas and oceans have shaped and reshaped cultural identities, spurred stories of reunion and separation and redefined entire nations.
Conference: Medicine and Healing in the Age of Slavery
February 23, 2018
Houston, TX
Deadline: September 15, 2017

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.
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: Renaissance Society of America Conference
March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018
New Orleans, LA

Please submit abstracts on topics related to Jesuits on the subjects of: history, literary studies, art history, music history, or related topics.
Conference: c19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
March 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Santa Fe, NM
Deadline: September 5, 2017

Annual Theme: "Climate"
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: Captivity in War: a Global Perspective
March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018
Bern, Switzerland
Deadline: September 15, 2017

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: Law and Empire in the Longue Durée
March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018
Cambridge, England

This is a general call for papers in anticipation of an intimate two-day seminar to be held at the University of Cambridge. This will be an advanced workshop, with drafts circulated in advance. The event will showcase a number of rare and searching attempts to identify continuities and differences across ancient, medieval, and modern legal and imperial contexts.
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: Real and Imagined Borders: People, Place, Time
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.
Conference: OAH 2018 Annual Meeting
April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Sacramento, CA

Annual Theme: "Forms of History"
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
Deadline: October 1, 2017

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
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: Printing and Misprinting: Typographical Mistakes and Publishers’ Corrections (1450-1600)
April 20, 2018
Oxford, England
Deadline: October 16, 2017

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.
Conference: (En)gendering the Atlantic World
April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018
New York, NY
Deadline: October 15, 2017

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: Memory and Identity Across Time and Space
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
June 1, 2018 - June 2, 2018
Washington, DC
Deadline: September 30, 2017

This Conference seeks to address major issues in the field of the history of emotions: periodisation, relevant theory and interdisciplinarity, comparative approaches, teaching and public outreach. There will also be discussion of the formation of a virtual organisation for scholars working on the history of emotions in North America, in coordination with the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE).
Conference: Trans-American Crossings: Enslaved Migrations Within the Aamericas and their Impacts on Slave Cultures and Societies
June 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Providence, RI
Deadline: October 16, 2017

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, in conjunction with the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, announces a call for papers for a conference exploring enslaved migrations within the Americas.
Conference: Southern Association of Women Historians Conference
June 7, 2018 - July 10, 2018
Tuscaloosa, AL

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: Continuity, Change and Challenge
June 10, 2018 - June 15, 2018
Bridgetown, Barbados
Deadline: October 15, 2017

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
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: OIEAHC 24th Annual Conference
June 14, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Williamsburg, VA
Deadline: September 29, 2017

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.
Conference: New Histories of Pacific Whaling
June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Honolulu, HI
Deadline: September 1, 2017

This international symposium aims to bring together the excellent scholarship integrating the history of Pacific whaling with environmental and cross-cultural history.
Conference: Slave subjectivities in the Iberian Worlds (15th- 20th centuries)
July 2, 2018 - July 3, 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
Deadline: October 31, 2017

The conference has two main purposes. On the one hand, it will seek to cross-fertilize the study of experiences of the enslaved as a historical phenomenon across the different geographies and temporalities of the Iberian colonialism, comparing it with other colonialisms and imperialisms (European and other). On the other hand, it will reassess the potential and limitations of the study of slave experiences in the Iberian worlds, inviting scholars to think about the conditions of knowledge production, and creative methodological alternatives.
Conference: Society for the Social History of Medicine
July 11, 2018 - July 13, 2018
Liverpool, England
Deadline: February 2, 2018

The Society welcomes proposals on the theme of ‘Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine.’
Conference: Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (1450‒1850)
July 19, 2018 - July 21, 2018
London, England
Deadline: October 15, 2017

The history of material cultures offers important new ways of studying the significance of gender differences in the history of legal cultures by exploring new relationships between gender, law and material culture. We are therefore looking for papers engaging with the relationships between objects, gendered self-images and rights of ownership on the basis of textual, pictorial and material sources in Europe between 1450 and 1850.
Conference: African Studies Association of the United Kingdom
September 11, 2018 - September 13, 2018
Birmingham, England
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Biennial conference.
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.
Conference: Coming to Terms? Confronting War and Peace through the Visual and Material in the Atlantic World, 1651-1865
November 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
Deadline: September 30, 2017

This conference will explore the processes that exist between treaty-making and memory-making, interrogating the messy, uncoordinated ways in which individuals, communities, nations, and empires come to terms with the meanings of war and the promises of peace. This conference seeks to gather historians, art historians, literary scholars, archivists and curators to answer these important questions.
Conference: American Historical Association Annual Meeting
January 3, 2019 - January 6, 2019
Chicago, IL

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."