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The OI Colloquia series

The OI holds between three and six colloquia per semester to discuss projects (usually a postdoctoral book chapter or article) in progress. The paper is pre-circulated and available by request. Although only postdoctoral work is presented, graduate students at all levels are warmly encouraged to attend the sessions and participate in the discussions. To receive copies of the pre-circulated papers please email us at Discussion of the paper will follow a brief introduction of the presenter and their project. Participants are asked to refrain from sharing the papers with others. We thank you for your observance of this request.

Starting in 2024, all colloq sessions will begin at 5:00 pm.

Present Your Work in 2024-25

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL for next year’s series no later than May 15, 2024. Email us at with a proposal of no more than 300 words and an abbreviated c.v.

Presenters are offered a modest travel stipend and accommodations in Williamsburg.

Colloquia presenters for Spring 2024

February 20, 2024
Heather Miyano Kopelson, University of Alabama
“Seashell” (a chapter from her forthcoming book, Speaking Objects: Indigenous Women and the Materials of Dance in the Americas, 1500–1700)

March 26, 2024
Rebecca Brannon, James Madison University
“‘Be pleased with the Retirement which you are dismissed into’: The Joys and Tribulations of Late Life”

April 2, 2024
Rachel Shelden, Penn State University
“John Marshall and the Partisan Politics of Early America”

April 16, 2024
Simon Newman, University of Glasgow, emeritus
“‘With a View to gain his Freedom’: the end of slavery in Britain”

Colloquia presenters for Fall 2023

November 14, 2023
Heather Freund, Same Sea project, University of Copenhagen
“Plotting Marronage in Early Nineteenth Century Grenada”