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OI 22nd Annual Conference




The 22nd Annual Institute Conference will convene 23–26 June 2016 in Worcester, Massachusetts, an early industrial city built in an area with an extensive indigenous history. Hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the American Antiquarian Society, the conference’s twin themes will be “Native American Transformations” and “Early America at Work.”

In addition to plenaries, panels and roundtables, the conference will feature demonstrations and discussions of two important current digital humanities projects, the Georgian Papers Programme and the Thomas Broadside Ballads, as well as a pair of hands-on workshops in digital tools. These workshops, known as THis Camps (for The History Camps) are now a feature of every OI conference. Their goal is to teach software of particular use to historians at an elementary level.

In June 2016 we are excited to offer THis Camps in Omeka for absolute beginners wanting to develop their own web-hosted exhibits and TEI for intermediate users wanting to understand more about the hows and whys of these guidelines for encoding machine-readable texts.

Steven Bullock (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Paul Erickson (American Antiquarian Society) and Willem Klooster (Clark University) chaired the program committee, which also included Elizabeth Athens (Worcester Art Museum), Katherine Grandjean (Wellesley College), Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (University at Buffalo, SUNY), Meredith Neuman (Clark University), Wendy Warren (Princeton University), Kelly Wisecup (Northwestern University), and Walter Woodward (University of Connecticut).

Meeting space

The conference will take place primarily on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Panels and roundtables will be held in Higgins Labs while the plenary sessions, book exhibits and coffee service will all take place in Alden Hall.

Additional events will take place at the American Antiquarian Society and Worcester Art Museum. Both are within an easy walk of the WPI location.

Free parking is available on the WPI campus although a pass is required. Instructions for obtaining a pass will be given upon registration for the conference.

Program and App

All conference attendees will receive an abbreviated printed program for quick reference when they pick up their registration packets. A PDF of the information on these pages, including panel and paper titles and participants, is posted on this site.

You will also be able to access the detailed conference program via our free app. Look for details in June on this website. Free wifi will be available throughout the conference, courtesy of WPI.


An all-inclusive fee of $75 will be charged to all tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members (FTEs). Non-FTEs (for example, adjunct or part-time instructors), emeriti faculty, independent scholars and students are asked to pay $30 each.