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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 Production of Imperial Space: Empire and Circulations (18th -20th centuries)
November 23, 2017 - November 24, 2017
Paris, France

The workshop intends to focus on circulation as an entry point to study the imbrication of spaces, of space-producing activities, and of actors, in an imperial context. The workshop adopts a broad definition of circulation, looking at the movement of peoples and goods, of information, knowledge, techniques, cultural productions and practices which constitute the circulatory regime of a given society, a regime that is constantly reconstituted in response to wider economic, social and political processes.
Conference: Self-portrait in costumes: multiple identities at play
November 24, 2017
Nantes, France

This conference is an invitation to consider the complexity of the self-portrait in costume particularly in the contemporary period. Indeed, both postmodern reflexivity and self-referentiality, and the extended possibilities offered by image manipulation have revived this genre, with the success of selfies or avatars for instance raising new questions.
Conference: Liverpool Bluecoat: Charity, Philanthropy and the Black Atlantic
November 24, 2017 - November 25, 2017
Liverpool, England

While slavery is often presumed to be opposite to or distant from the ‘virtuous realm’ of philanthropy, this conference takes Bluecoat as a symbol of a more challenging, apparently contradictory history. It looks to explore how slavery and the black Atlantic filtered through and shaped such areas as charity, philanthropy, religion, education, philosophy, culture, literature and art.
Conference: Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods
November 29, 2017
Warsaw, Poland

The international conference, scheduled to take place over three days, will focus on discussing the latest methods of working with women’s personal documents, biographies and letters.
Conference: Moving Beyond Paternalism: Supplicants, Saviors and the Politics of Anti-Slavery and Anti-Trafficking in Africa
November 29, 2017 - December 1, 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa

Our conference has two primary goals. The first is to interrogate the ideological foundations and practical effects of this enduring politics of paternalism in Africa. While we are especially interested in the specific case of anti-slavery, anti-trafficking and forced labor, we also recognize that the politics of paternalism also has broader applications in relation to larger projects of human and economic development, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which also need to be part of the equation. This broader canvas is important, because it provides a foundation for our second major goal, which is to contribute to ongoing discussions regarding what a non-paternalistic politics might look like, and whether and to what extent there are established models of better practice that might be refined and applied.
Conference: Material Histories of Time: Objects and Practices, 14th-18th centuries
November 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

The historiography of timekeeping is traditionally characterized by a dichotomy between research that investigates the evolution of technical devices on the one hand, and research that is concerned with the examination of the cultures and uses of time on the other hand. The former engages with the improvement of clocks and watches’ mechanical movements, the biography of prominent clockmakers, the study of technical knowledge and the organization of production. The latter examines the various forms of temporal organization and coordination, and the ways they became internalized. The symposium will aim at contributing to a dialogue between these two approaches by taking table clocks, portable watches, marine chronometers, carriage clocks, tact watches, alarm clocks, bells and hands, etc. as the starting point of a joint reflection that will get specialists of the history of horology together with scholars studying the social and cultural history of time.
Conference: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait, 14th - 18th Centuries
December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Munich, Germany

What meanings do head and body convey in the medieval and early modern ruler portrait? How do its mimetic schemes and visual projections of power relate to each other? How are conceptually abstract norms and values of rulership transposed to categories of looking? How do images of bodies concretize these norms and values, and what modes of representation do they cultivate? This conference should comprehensively thematize the different normative, material, medial, functional, and aesthetic aspects of the corporeal and material presence of rulership in painted and printed ruler portraits from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
Conference: Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context
December 7, 2017 - December 9, 2017
Berlin, Germany

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung invite submissions for a three-day conference in Berlin on concepts of historical periodization in transregional perspective.
Conference: Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
December 7, 2017 - December 9, 2017
New York, NY

In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome.
Conference: Disciplining the Modern Family: Gender, State, and Society
December 26, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel

With the rise of the modern nation-state, the interest in the family as an institution and in its functions in modern life expanded as well. Rulers, bureaucrats, revolutionaries, writers, and readers all looked to mobilize families and individual family members to their goals. The workshop will convene a small group of younger as well as established scholars who deal with these issues based on their individual research in varied historical arenas, from Europe and the Americas to the Middle-East, Africa, South and East Asia.
Conference: American Historical Association Annual Meeting
January 4, 2018 - January 7, 2018
Washington, DC

Conference: Epistemic Vices: Continuities and Discontinuities, 1600-2000
January 25, 2018 - January 26, 2018
Leiden, Netherlands

This conference intends to stage a conversation between historians of early modern science and scholars working on post-1800 science (the humanities and social sciences included), focusing on four closely related questions: (1) What continuities and discontinuities can be identified in how scholars in different times and places conceived of epistemic vices? How did vices acquire new meanings in new circumstances, sometimes even to the point of becoming virtues (as in the case of curiositas)? (2) To what extent have early modern catalogs of vice been retrieved in modern times – think of the rediscovery of Francis Bacon’s “idols of the mind” in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? (3) How to explain (dis)continuity over time? What were the carriers of the tradition (textbooks, for instance) or key factors altering the moral economy of science? (4) In what language did scholars speak about epistemic vices? To what extent are “deficient skills” and “lacking competences” modern reformulations of ancient vitia sive errores eruditorum?
Conference: Violence, Coercion, and Social Change in Borderlands History
February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018
El Paso, TX

The Department of History at the University of Texas at El Paso announces the third annual UTEP Borderlands History Conference. This year’s theme encourages scholars of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to explore the many-faceted exercise of violence and coercion in la frontera, and the ways in which it has shaped society, culture, and power dynamics.
Conference: On History’s Stage: Theatre and Performance in the French Atlantic Slave Colonies
February 8, 2018 - May 17, 2018
Baton Rouge and Schoelcher, LA Martinique

This two-part international conference, co-sponsored by Louisiana State University and the Université des Antilles-Martinique, seeks to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to expand the contemporary understanding of theatre and performance in the French Caribbean under the ancien régime. Our two journées d’étude are to be held on February 8-9 in Baton Rouge, and May 16-17 in Schoelcher, respectively. Applicants should specify which session they wish to attend.
Conference: Conflict Management in Modern Diplomacy (1500-1914)
February 8, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Vienna, Austria

The conference, which is organised by the research group “Diplomacy in Conflict," focuses on conflict management as the constant processes of mediation and negotiation, which included efforts but also resistance, success but also failure.
Conference: Historians in the German Association of American Studies
February 9, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Tutzing, Germany

This conference aims to critically reconsider the history of heroism in the United States from the American Revolution to the present.
Conference: Southern Studies
February 9, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Montgomery, AL

Now in its tenth year, the AUM College of Arts and Sciences invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern history from Civil War to Civil Rights, from dueling to NASCAR, from King Cotton to corn whiskey.
Conference: Negotiating Waters: Seas, Oceans and Passageways in the Colonial and Postcolonial Anglophone World
February 15, 2018 - February 16, 2018
Grenoble, France

This conference will examine how seas and oceans have shaped and reshaped cultural identities, spurred stories of reunion and separation and redefined entire nations.
Conference: Medicine and Healing in the Age of Slavery
February 23, 2018
Houston, TX

In the last three decades, scholars have increasingly identified connections between slavery and medicine. However, these histories have remained confined by artificial temporal and national boundaries. This conference will bring together scholars of medicine, health, and slavery to explore its transnational dimensions.
Conference: Politics and Religion in Early America (Beginnings to 1820)
March 1, 2018 - March 4, 2018
St. Louis, MO

This conference will explore the intersections between religion and politics in early America from pre-contact through the early republic. All topics related to the way religion shapes politics or politics shapes religion—how the two conflict, collaborate, or otherwise configure each other—will be welcomed.
Conference: 2018 Virginia Forum
March 15, 2018 - March 17, 2018
Emory, VA

Founded in 2006, the Virginia Forum is an annual conference that brings together historians, teachers, writers, archivists, museum curators, historic site interpreters, librarians, and others engaged in the study and interpretation of Virginia history to share their knowledge, research, and experiences. This year's theme is: Local History and Regional Identity.
Conference: Université Paris Conference
March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
Paris, France

This conference will question how developing discourses of race came to structure the societies of Britain and America in the early modern period. It hopes to explore the way discourses of race and class interacted with each other, and how the vocabulary of social strata overlapped with the language of race.
Conference: Renaissance Society of America 2018 Conference
March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018
New Orleans, LA

The primary purpose of the RSA's annual conference is to promote interdisciplinary exchange and the study of the period between 1300 and 1700. The trends panel focus is "Representations of Race in the Renaissance."
Conference: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Climate Conference
March 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Albuquerque, NM

The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American studies. We are pleased to announce that “Climate,” the fifth biennial conference of C19, will be hosted by the University of NM.
Conference: University of London Conference
March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018
Bern, Switzerland

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics currently working on various aspects of captivity in war during the 19th and 20th centuries, and to discuss and explain how captivity in war varied and evolved during this period.
Conference: The Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Conference
March 29, 2018 - March 30, 2018
Wilmington, DE

This conferences focuses on "Images, Copyright, and the Public Domain in the Long Nineteenth Century."
Conference: International Graduate Historical Studies Conference 2018
April 6, 2018 - April 7, 2018
Mount Pleasant, MI
Deadline: December 17, 2017

The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference (IGHSC) invites students from across the social sciences and the humanities to submit proposals for papers or panels that adopt an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, but we are also seeking papers or panels that approach historical topics in more traditional ways.
Conference: Fourteenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
April 12, 2018 - April 13, 2018
Pembroke, NC
Deadline: January 31, 2018

The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.
Conference: OAH 2018 Annual Meeting
April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Sacramento, CA

Annual Theme: "Forms of History." Meeting in the Sacramento Convention Center. Registration for this conference opens in October 2017.
Conference: Louisiana Historical Association 60th Annual Meeting
April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018
New Orleans, LA

New Orleans will be celebrating its 300 year anniversary in 2018. In many ways, the city is a microcosm of the dynamic tensions that manifest themselves in the macrocosm of Louisiana. This conference seeks to uncover the hidden histories of this region and make these findings known to a larger audience. While we will commemorate New Orleans’ diverse history at the conference, we also seek papers that will examine Louisiana (in its broadest terms) through this lens.
Conference: Society of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference
April 18, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Saint Paul, MN

The St. Paul conference will include 48 paper sessions that will draw architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, & preservationists from around the world together to present research on the history of the built environment
Conference: Lincoln College, Oxford's Printing and Misprinting Conference
April 20, 2018
Oxford, England

This one-day symposium aims to explore the notions of typos and manuscript or stop-press emendations in early modern print shops. Scholars are invited to present new evidence on what we can learn from misprints in relation to publishers’ practices, printing and pre-publication procedures, and editorial strategies between 1450 and 1600.
Conference: Atlantic World Workshop Conference at NYU
April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018
New York, NY

This conference aims to convene emerging and established scholars whose work speaks to gender in the Atlantic World between 1400 and 1800. While we welcome papers on any aspect of gender in the Atlantic World, we particularly encourage those that situate enslaved and Native actors within the broader Atlantic context, as well as those that critically consider imperial structures and the archival challenges they produce.
Conference: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory and Identity
May 17, 2018 - May 19, 2018
Saint Louis, MO
Deadline: January 5, 2018

The human experience is deeply rooted in memory. It is the raw material of personal identity and community. It informs our narratives, generates our myths, justifies our politics, and sustains our cultures. Memory gives us our autobiographical individual selves, yet memory also binds us to one another. In spite of this, memory is always contentious and selective, even traumatic, and its meanings are subjective. We seek proposals that explore these topics from a variety of disciplines, and with a particular interest in the intersection of memory and identity for individuals and communities in migration, whether domestically or transnationally.
Conference: History of Emotions Conference
June 1, 2018 - June 2, 2018
Fairfax, VA

This conference addresses major issues in the field of the history of emotions. There will be discussion of the formation of a virtual organisation for scholars working on the history of emotions in North America.
Conference: Eleventh Southern Association of Women Historians 2018 Conference
June 7, 2018 - July 10, 2018
Tuscaloosa, AL

This year’s conference theme ("Resistance, Power, and Accommodation: Women and Southern History") is inspired by both recent events and the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
Conference: SAR Ninth Annual Conference on the American Revolution: Spain and the American Revolution
June 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Baltimore, MD

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Ninth SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. The conference shall examine and reconsider Spain’s role in the American Revolution.
Conference: 2018 Association of Caribbean HIstorians (ACH) Conference
June 10, 2018 - June 15, 2018
Bridgetown, Barbados

The Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH) Executive Committee is pleased to announce the 50th Annual Conference of the ACH. The conference will reflect on the past and future development of the region’s premiere professional historical organization.
Conference: Attending to Early Modern Women: Action and Agency Conference
June 14, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Milwaukee, WI

The conference will address the theme of "Action and Agency," posing such questions as: How do we understand the sites and modes of gendered confrontations in the early modern period? What collectivities were possible, then and now, and how and why do they form and fade? How do women imagine choice, and what role does choice or the illusion of choice play in their lives? How can our work as scholars and teachers of a distant period become action?
Seminar: International Symposium co-sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center, the University of Oregon and the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, New Zealand
June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Honolulu, HI

This international symposium aims to bring together the excellent scholarship integrating the history of Pacific whaling with environmental and cross-cultural history.
Conference: Quatuor Coronati 2018 Conference at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial
September 14, 2018 - September 16, 2018
Arlington, VA

We invite proposals for papers presenting new research in the form of biographical or prosopographical findings in the history of Anglo-American Freemasonry during the long eighteenth centur, including studies of freemasons in or from Britain, Ireland, all of North America and the Caribbean.
Conference: Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and The University of Delaware
November 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

"Coming to Terms? Confronting War and Peace through the Visual and Material in the Atlantic World, 1651-1865." This conference will explore the processes that exist between treaty-making and memory-making, the meanings of war, and the promises of peace.
Conference: American Historical Association Annual Meeting 2019
January 3, 2019 - January 6, 2019
Chicago, IL

Meeting details TBA.
Conference: OAH 2019 Annual Meeting
April 4, 2019 - April 7, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Deadline: January 12, 2018

The program committee encourages proposals focusing on research, teaching, and public education that address the conference theme: "The Work of Freedom."