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H-OIEAHC is sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia. Moderator of H-OIEAHC is John Saillant, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Recent Content

Robinson Crusoe as model in colonial life?

Colonist Philip Thicknese was to write of his brief experiences in Georgia in the following manner:

"In one of my frequent woodland excursions, and about four miles from Savanha, I found a fertile piece of ground, upon the banks of a rapid Creek . . . I built a wooden, not an iron house thereon, and there I passed much of my time; my gun supplied me with squirrels, wild fowl, &c. and the town only, with rice, to boil by way of bread, the Indians sometimes visited my Island for a day or two, and then I had plenty of venison, which they boil’d down, and eat dipped in wild honey, this was a true Robinson Crusoe line of life."

CFP: Early Colonial Latin America, 4/2015, Newberry

Symposium on Latin America in the Early Colonial Period
9 am to 3 pm, Saturday, April 11, 2015
Keynote speaker: Laura Matthew, Marquette University

This symposium aims to explore the complexities of Latin America during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, grappling with the multiple perspectives of the many Indigenous and European cultures involved in this time of contact and conflict.

Deadline: September 15, 2014

Faculty members and independent postdoctoral scholars in all relevant disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for 20-minute papers, for two morning sessions.

SEMINAR: Forms of Empire in India, 5/6, MHS

Please join us!

Massachusetts Historical Society

Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 5:15 p.m.

Hari Vishwanadha, Santa Monica College

Through Novanglus's Eyes: Forms of Empire in India

Comment: Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire

Yankee merchants in the nineteenth-century India trade successfully negotiated the competing claims of Indian society and the British Raj. The experiences of two men, Henry Lee and Charles Eliot Norton, are representative of the rich, complex relationship among the three peoples and served as a template for subsequent merchants engaged in the trade.

RSVP so we know how many will attend. To respond, email seminars@masshist.org or call 617-646-0568.

CFP: Global History of the Book, 12/2014, Oxford

The Global History of the Book (1780 to the present) is a two-day interdisciplinary workshop organised by doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in conjunction with the English Faculty’s Postcolonial Writing and Theory Seminar, the Oxford Centre for Global History and the University of Oxford’s Ertegun Graduate Programme in the Humanities, to be held on the 4th and 5th of December 2014 at Ertegun House, Oxford. The aim of the workshop is to explore the global alongside the local, transnational and inter-imperial, textual and intertextual, dimensions of book history.