The 25th Omohundro Institute annual conference will take place at the University of Pittsburgh from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16, 2019.
The program committee, chaired by Molly Warsh (University of Pittsburgh) and including Niklas Frykman (University of Pittsburgh), Tara Bynum (Hampshire College), Elizabeth Ellis (New York University), and Fabrício Prado (William & Mary), invites papers that consider the relationship between the local and the global in shaping a vast early American history. Inspired by the role that local conflicts in the Pittsburgh area played in triggering the global Seven Years’ War, we particularly welcome proposals that consider the relevance of the global turn in early American history and that engage critically with geographically-bounded frames of reference (be they regional, continental, hemispheric, oceanic, or global). We further encourage proposals that creatively recognize the importance of typically marginalized subjects in the interplay between local and global events, including, but not limited to new research on race, ethnicity, slavery, gender, sexuality, class, Native studies, environmental studies, and free and coerced labor and migration. We are keen to receive proposals that employ new methods and techniques in exploring micro- and macro-dimensions of historical change, drawing, for example, on work in the digital humanities or scholarship on material culture and materiality.
The committee encourages proposals for complete panels addressing a coherent subtheme or theoretical problem, made up of two or three presenters, a chair, and a commentator. We also welcome alternative modes of presentation, such as roundtable discussions, made up of four participants and one moderator to facilitate questions. Individual paper proposals will be considered as well. Assistance with panel formation is available at the panel locator. Interested scholars should avail themselves of that forum to discuss topics, form panels, and air issues relating to proposals. Please note that the program committee reserves the right to make changes in the configuration of panels.
To encourage participation and attendance, scholars may make only one appearance at the conference. In addition, preference will be given to submissions by scholars who did not present a paper at the 24th annual OI conference in Williamsburg, Virginia (June 14–17, 2018), although presenters from that conference are encouraged to serve as chairs and commentators in 2019.
Proposals must be received electronically no later than October 8, 2018.
Panel proposals should be submitted by the organizer (who can be any of the panel participants) and include the following information: (1) a cover sheet that gives the panel title, a one-paragraph description of the panel, and a list of participants with each person’s role clearly stated (2) one-page summaries of each paper (3) one-page CVs for each participant. Each CV should include the participant’s preferred email address.
Roundtable proposals should be submitted by the organizer (who can be any of the roundtable participants) and include the following information: (1) a cover sheet that gives the roundtable title, a one-paragraph description of the roundtable, and a list of participants with each person’s role clearly stated (2) one-page CVs for each participant. Each CV should include the participant’s preferred email address.
Submit all materials in PDF format only.
All submissions will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement or have questions about the submission process, please contact Kim Foley (firstname.lastname@example.org).