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OI 27th Annual Conference
Co-sponsored with Colonial Williamsburg and William & Mary
“For 2026: Revolutionary Legacies”
Williamsburg, Virginia
October 28-30, 2022


OI 26th Annual Conference
ONLINE June 17-19, 2021


We suspended in-person events in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and postponed the 2020 annual conference until June 2021.


OI 25th Annual Conference
June 13—16, 2019
University of Pittsburgh

Program Committee: Molly Warsh (Chair), Tara Bynum, Elizabeth Ellis, Niklas Frykman, Fabrício Prado

Lapidus Initiative Digital Collections Fellowship Symposium

September 26–27, 2019
William & Mary Office, Washington DC

Moderator: Molly O’Hagan Hardy

Law and Legal Culture in Early America (a symposium in conjunction with an exhibit of rare books from the collection of Sid Lapidus at the W&M Law School Wolf Law Library, titled “British and Colonial Antecedents to American Liberties”)

October 18, 2019
W&M Law School, Williamsburg, VA

Program Committee: James Ambuske, Warren Billings, Randall Flaherty, and Linda Tesar


OI 24th Annual Conference and 75th anniversary celebration
June 14—17, 2018
William & Mary

Program Committee: Alan Taylor (Chair), Christian Ayne Crouch, Philip Gould, Eric Hinderaker, Simon P. Newman, Carla Gardina Pestana

Trans-American Crossings: Enslaved Migrations Within the Americas and Their Impacts on Slave Cultures and Societies
June 1—3, 2018
The John Carter Brown Library

Program Committee: Alex Borucki, Jennifer Morgan, Greg O’Malley


OI 23rd Annual Conference
June 15—17, 2017
University of Michigan

Program Committee Chairs: David Hancock (Chair), Patrick Griffin, Margaret Newell, Joseph Rezek


Region and Nation in American Histories of Race and Slavery
October 6—9, 2016
Mount Vernon, Virginia

Program Committee: Ira Berlin, Scott Casper, James Sidbury, Stephanie Smallwood

OI 22nd Annual Conference
June 23—26, 2016
Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts

Program Committee Chairs: Steven Bullock, Paul Erickson, Wilhelm Klooster


Emerging Histories of the Early Modern French Atlantic
October 16—18, 2015
Williamsburg, Virginia

Program Committee Chairs: Christopher Hodson and Brett Rushforth

OIEAHC-SEA Conference (OI 21st Annual Conference)
June 18—21, 2015
Loyola University, Chicago and the University of Chicago

Program Committee Chairs: Kristina Bross and Eric Slaughter


OI 20th Annual Conference
June 12—14, 2014
Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Program Committee Chairs: Justin Roberts and Elizabeth Mancke


The Québec Act of 1774: Transnational Contexts, Meanings, and Legacies
October 4—5, 2013
Montréal, Québec

Program Committee Chairs: François Furstenberg and Ollivier Hubert

OI 19th Annual Conference
June 13—15, 2013
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Program Committee Chair: Philip D. Morgan

Africans in the Americas: Making Lives in a New World, 1675—1825
March 14—16, 2013
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

Program Committee Chair: Laurent Dubois


OI 18th Annual Conference
June 14—17, 2012
Huntington Library, San Marino

Program Committee Chairs: Peter C. Mancall and Carole Shammas

The “Political Arithmetick” of Empires in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1500—1807
March 16—18, 2012
University of Maryland, College Park

Program Committee Chairs: Holly Brewer and Peter Thompson


OI 17th Annual Conference
June 17—19, 2011
State University of New York, New Paltz

Program Committee Chairs: Christopher L. Brown and L.H. Roper

Warring for America, 1803—1818
March 31—April 1, 2011
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Program Committee Chairs: Fredrika J. Teute, Nicole Eustace, Rob Parkinson, and Carolyn Brown

Centering Families in Atlantic Worlds, 1500—1800
February 28—March 1, 2011
University of Texas at Austin

Program Committee Chairs: Julie Hardwick, Sarah Pearsall, and Karin Wulf


The Age of Sail, 1450—1850
October 7—10, 2010
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Program Chair: Daniel Vickers

OI 16th Annual Conference
June 11—13, 2010
University of Mississippi, Oxford

Program Chair: Sheila Skemp


The Early Chesapeake: Reflections and Projections
November 19—21, 2009
Solomons St. Mary’s City, Maryland

Program Committee Chairs: John C. Coombs and Lorena Walsh

Contest for Continents: The Seven Years’ War in Global Perspective
October 22—25, 2009
Niagara University and Brock University, Buffalo

Program Committee Chairs: Thomas A. Chambers and David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye

Africa, Europe, and the Americas, 1500—1700: a Two-Week Workshop
July 12—26, 2009
Accra, Ghana

OI 15th Annual Conference
June 11—14, 2009
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Program Committee Chairs: Dee Andrews, Eric Hinderaker, and Brett Rushforth

Permanence and the Built Environment of the Pacific Basin, 1700—1820
April 17—18, 2009
University of Southern California

Program Committee Chair: Carole Shammas


The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
October 15, 2008
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg

Program Committee Chair: Annette Gordon-Reed

Permanence and the Built Environment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World
October 3—4, 2008
Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Program Committee Chair: Carole Shammas

Antipopery: The Transatlantic Experience, c. 1530—1850
September 18—20, 2008
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

OI 14th Annual Conference
June 6—8, 2008
Suffolk University, Boston

Program Committee Chairs: Robert J. Allison and Susan E. Klepp

Religion and Violence in Early America
April 10—13, 2008
Yale University, New Haven
Co-sponsored by Yale University and the OIEAHC


‘The bloody Writing is for ever torn’: Domestic and International Consequences of the First Governmental Efforts to Abolish the Atlantic Slave Trade
August 8—12, 2007
Accra and Elmina, Ghana
Hosted by The Historical Society of Ghana and the University of Cape Coast