OI 2019 Annual Conference

University of Pittsburgh, June 13–15, 2019

“The Local and the Global: Scales of Vast Early America”



Download a PDF of the conference program

From the Call for Proposals

The program committee, chaired by Molly Warsh (University of Pittsburgh) and including Tara Bynum (Hampshire College), Elizabeth Ellis (New York University), Niklas Frykman (University of Pittsburgh), 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 conference will take place on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh in the William Pitt Union.
Coffee service will be provided during both full conference days and receptions will follow the afternoon plenary sessions on both Friday and Saturday nights. Book exhibits will be located on the same floor as the panels.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213. Rooms are $149 per night. Alternatively, you can book rooms by calling (412) 682-6200 and speaking with a reservation agent. The room block is reserved under the name Omohundro Institute.

Single dorm rooms in 3-4 bedroom apartments with a shared living room and kitchen are available in the University of Pittsburgh’s Bouquet Gardens complex for $33 per night. The price includes linens and towels. You can book the rooms online here.


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, will be posted on this site.

You will also be able to access the detailed conference program via our free app. Look for details in mid-May on this website.


An all-inclusive fee of $100 will be charged to all tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members (TTEs). Non-TTEs (public historians, independent scholars, instructors, and emeriti faculty) are asked to pay $40 each. Students (graduate and undergraduate) and adjunct instructors are asked to pay $35 each.


The Omohundro Institute and the conference program committee would like to acknowledge the following groups for their support of this conference.

  • Atlantic History program, University of Pittsburgh
  • Early Modern Worlds program, University of Pittsburgh
  • World History Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
  • Department of History, University of Pittsburgh
  • Department of the History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
  • Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, Iona College