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OI 12th Annual Conference



The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Hosted by Institut du patrimoine culturel (Institute for Cultural Heritage), Université Laval


The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture was founded as the Institute of Early American History and Culture in 1943 by the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to foster “study, research, and publications bearing on American history approximately to the year 1815.” Still jointly sponsored by the College and Colonial Williamsburg, the Institute was renamed in 1996, in recognition of a generous endowment pledged by Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr. The Institute publishes the William and Mary Quarterly, books in its field of interest, and a e-newsletter, organizes and supports a variety of conferences, seminars, and colloquia, and annually offers a two-year NEH postdoctoral fellowship and a one-year Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral research fellowship.

In June 1995 the Institute inaugurated a series of annual conferences specifically designed to serve as a forum for the rich variety of work underway in the early American field. Organized exclusively by calls for papers and panels and held in a different geographic region each year, these meetings are intended to bring together and facilitate exchanges among junior and senior scholars from several disciplines who share a common interest in the history and culture of early America.

The program committee for the 2006 conference is chaired by Allan Greer (University of Toronto) and Laurier Turgeon (Université Laval). Members include Jack Crowley (Dalhousie University), James Delbourgo (McGill University), Nicole Eustace (New York University), Brad Loewen (Université de Montréal), Peter Pope (Memorial University), Robert Blair St. George (University of Pennsylvania), and Neal Salisbury (Smith College).

The meeting will take place in the École d’architecture (School of Architecture) of Université Laval, in Old Quebec City. The Institute and the conference organizers are grateful to Université Laval’s Institut du patrimoine culturel for hosting the meeting and to the City of Quebec for its hospitality.