Colloquia

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 Beverly Smith (basmit@wm.edu). 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.

During the COVID pandemic, OI colloquia convened online. In Fall 2022, we returned to a primarily in-person format but continue to offer at least one session per semester online in order to serve  participants who cannot come to Williamsburg. Reservations are required for the online sessions.

Unless otherwise noted, the following sessions will be held in the OI Conference Room in Swem Library. All sessions will begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a modest reception.


Colloquia presenters for Spring 2023

RESCHEDULED from Fall 2022
February 7, 2023

ONLINE (REGISTER HERE*)
*If you registered for the Fall 2022 presentation then you do not need to re-register. All registrants will be emailed Zoom information as well as a copy of Professor Pyle’s presentation.

Kai Pyle, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
“Two-Spirit Love and War as Indigenous Diplomacy: Ozaawindib in the Red River Valley, ca. 1800”

March 21, 2023
Jessica Roney, Temple University
“Separate Creations: Political Community and Loyalty in the 1790s”

March 28, 2023
ONLINE (REGISTER HERE)
Emily MacGillivray, Northland College, Canada
“An Oneida Woman’s Politics and Property in the Thames River Valley Borderlands, 1790 to 1830”

April 11, 2023
John Marquez, 2020-2022 Omohundro Institute-NEH Postdoctoral Fellow and assistant professor at Colorado College
“Lineages of Freedom: Black Confraternities and the Pursuit of Royal Privileges in Portugal and the Atlantic World”

Colloquia presenters for Fall 2022

September 6, 2022
Nicole Dressler, William & Mary
“‘not to suffer him to be made subject to personal Slavery and Bondage’: Black Convict Transportation and Servitude in the British Atlantic World”

November 29, 2022ONLINE (REGISTER HERE). POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2023
Kai Pyle, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
“Two-Spirit Love and War as Indigenous Diplomacy: Ozaawindib in the Red River Valley, ca. 1800”

December 6, 2022
Kathryn M. de Luna, Georgetown University
“Toward a History of Palmares in Terms of Africa: the Conceptual Architecture of Marronage and the Enchantment of the Archive”

Additional Fall 2022 events

October 27-29, 2022
“Revolutionary Legacies” the first conference in the “For 2026” series
Co-sponsored with William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg
Held at William & Mary’s School of Education and Colonial Williamsburg
Details coming soon.

November 4, 2022
4:00 p.m.
A conversation with Peter Mancall, University of Southern California
Details coming soon.

Colloquia presenters for Spring 2023

Details coming soon.

Jessica Choppin Roney, Temple University
“Separate Creations: Political Community and Loyalty in the 1790s”

Emily Macgillivray, Northland College
“An Oneida Woman’s Politics and Property in the Thames River Valley Borderlands, 1790 to 1830”

John Marquez, Omohundro Institute
“Lineages of Freedom: Black Confraternities and the Pursuit of Royal Privileges in Portugal and the Atlantic World”

As well as workshops with Richard Turits (William & Mary) and Steven Sarson (Jean Moulin University).