The Map

Welcome to The Map, the OI’s collection of upcoming events for Early Americanists. Click on any pin to get more information about events being held at that location or use the list below to see what is happening in your neighborhood and around the world. This page lists events in order of start date. Simply click the button to the right to see the full list. (Surfing the map will in no way affect the order of the list by the way, so play with it as much as you like.) Click on the button just below The Map to see the map with a list of the same events ordered by event type (conference, seminar or lecture). Our Regional Editors are doing a terrific job of keeping this page updated, but contact Martha Howard ( to share any additional event news.



Conference: The 2019 British Legal History Conference
July 10, 2019 – July 13, 2019
St Andrews, Scotland

The aim of this conference is to examine differences and similarities across a broad time-period to produce better approaches to the subject of legal history, combining depth of analysis with historical contextualization. Rather than comparing individual rules or searching for universal systems, the theme will take an intermediate approach the topic of comparative law, investigating patterns in legal norms, processes, and practice.

Conference: 15th International Congress on the Enlightenment
July 14, 2019 – July 19, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland

The question of ‘identity’ was much disputed in the eighteenth century, in ways ranging from the local, regional, colonial, national, federal, imperial, to the global. Identities are complex. The idea of Enlightenment was itself much debated. Given these interlocking complexities, ‘Enlightenment Identities’ constitutes an important theme for an international gathering in the Enlightenment city of Edinburgh, whose eighteenth-century denizens, like Adam Smith, were at once Scottish, British, and ‘citizens of the world’.

Conference: 41st Annual Meeting of SHEAR
July 18, 2019 – July 21, 2019
Cambridge, MA

The program will include sessions and papers exploring all aspects of and approaches to the history and culture of the early American republic, c. 1776-1861.

Conference: 2019 Atlantic Middle States Association Conference
August 9, 2019 – August 11, 2019
Newark, DE

The Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution cordially invites you to attend the Atlantic Middle States Association Conference at the Hilton Christiana in Newark, Delaware. Conference includes a tour of the historic Brandywine Battlefield.

Conference: The 2019 AASLH Annual Meeting
August 28, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

“What Are We Waiting For?” This question serves as the theme for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Depending on the work at hand, responses to the question will vary. It might serve as a call to action, a challenge to embrace difficult work now. It might also serve as a cautious whisper, a reminder to slow down and get it right. Although different issues warrant different responses, consideration of the question is essential in light of the challenges our field, communities, nation, and planet are facing.

Conference: Rethinking Objects 2019 Conference
September 12, 2019 – September 13, 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

“Rethinking Objects: New Directions for Pre-modern Materiality Studies.” Rethinking Objects seeks to inquire as to where the field of pre-modern material culture studies now stands, and what we can do to critically progress it. The focus of the conference will be on postgraduate and early career research that offers novel, interdisciplinary, and original approaches to pre-modern objects.

Conference: 2019 MA Historic Preservation Conference
September 20, 2019 – 
Plymouth, MA

The theme of the 2019 conference is “Untold Stories in Preservation”― participants will examine the ways in which historic preservation can reflect the many histories encapsulated within our communities and how those stories are interpreted and presented.

Conference: The Sixteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution
September 20, 2019 – September 22, 2019
Ticonderoga, NY

Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Sixteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution on September 20-22, 2019, in the Mars Education Center. This seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence.

Conference: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory
September 25, 2019 – September 29, 2019
University Park, PA

“Exploring Colonial Roots/ Routes in North America and Latin America”: Two Panels Jointly Sponsored by the Hispanic American Historical Review and William and Mary Quarterly for the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

Conference: 22nd International James Fenimore Cooper/Susuan Fenimore Cooper Conference
September 25, 2019 – September 28, 2019
Oneonta, NY

The 2019 conference will examine Cooper within the tension between native purity and immigrant amalgamation. Sandra M. Gustafson argues that Cooper’s works embody a “republican cosmopolitanism,” with their representations of multi-ethnic communities and his “ideal of multiracial deliberation” in the Leatherstocking novels. The conference will feature presentations that address the role of Cooper and his contemporaries in forging an American identity out of the cultural mixture of overlapping empires and immigration.

Conference: 42nd Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute
October 5, 2019 – 
Poughkeepsie, NY

The program will feature presentations focusing on any aspect of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony, including projects in other media such as films, online exhibits, and other digital projects. Presentations that highlight the legacy of New Netherland will also be featured.

Conference: American Philosophical Society Conference
October 10, 2019 – October 12, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

“The Power of Maps and the Politics of Borders” – an international and interdisciplinary conference investigating the power of maps and the politics of drawing borders. This three-day conference will be held in conjunction with the APS Museum’s exhibit, Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic, which traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-eighteenth century through the early republic to show the different ways in which maps produced and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities.

Conference: Lapidus Center 2nd Biennial Conference The Lapidus Center
October 10, 2019 – October 12, 2019
New York City, NY

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announces its second biennial conference, “Enduring Slavery: Resistance, Public Memory, and Transatlantic Archives.” The conference will be held at the Schomburg Center in New York City on October 10-12, 2019.

Colloquium: Early American Music and the Construction of Race Workshop
October 11, 2019 – October 12, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

“Early American Music and the Construction of Race: An Interdisciplinary Workshop” – this workshop seeks to provide a space for the cultivation of new areas of inquiry into the intersection of race, music, and American cultural history. While the interrelated relationship between race, modernity, and American music is of enduring interest to scholars–especially those focused on the twentieth century to today–this workshop is dedicated to tracing these long-term themes in the earlier period from colonial encounter to the Civil War.

Conference: McNeil Center Conferences
October 17, 2019 – October 19, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

“Investigating Mid-Atlantic Plantations: Slavery, Economies, and Space”: Stenton Museum, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Cliveden of the National Trust, and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania invite your participation in a two-and-a half-day conference exploring the creation and development of plantations in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mid-Atlantic region. This conference seeks to understand the unique qualities of plantation complexes in the middle colonies (states) while also comparing these regional phenomena with better-known Southern institutions and situating them within the larger contexts of British North America and the United States.

Conference: The Pennsylvania Historical Association 88th Annual Meeting
October 17, 2019 – October 19, 2019
Indiana, PA

The conference theme will be “Constructing Citizenship and Community,” but the program will feature presentations on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history.

Seminar: 9th Annual Material Matters: It’s in the Details Seminar
October 19, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Ticonderoga, NY

Fort Ticonderoga invites you to join them for this weekend focused on the material culture of the 18th and early 19th centuries. The informal setting promotes interaction between presenters and attendees throughout the weekend. Presenters are experts in their fields. Box lunches Saturday and Sunday are included in the registration fee.

Conference: Before Canada Conference
October 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Montreal, Canada

“Before Canada: Northern North America in a Connected World, ca. 1000-1800AD”: This conference will look at the long-distance movement of people, goods and ideas that put Canada in touch with global circuits before there was a Canada.

Conference: Grief 2019 Conference
November 28, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Leuven, Belgium

“Grief and the Arts in the West from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.” While tackling specific questions and cases, we seek to open up interdisciplinary and diachronic reflections and capture the dynamic history of grief in the arts. In particular, we aim to ask how cultural expressions represent grief and become sites of reflection on the very phenomenon of mourning, both in the social and cultural context of their creation and in later use; how artistic artefacts functioned and still function as integral parts of funerary rituals and individual processes of mourning; and how rituals and processes themselves engage in a delicate dance with cultural trends.