The Digital Seminar Room

H-Slavery’s Digital Seminar Room (DSR) provides junior scholars, especially graduate students, with the chance to receive detailed feedback on unpublished article-length studies pertaining to the history of slavery and abolition.  Junior scholars interested in receiving feedback on a paper should consult the proposal guidelines below.  Those papers accepted to the DSR will receive feedback from an established commentator selected by two members of H-Slavery’s Advisory Board, Drs. Jeff Forret and Kathleen Hilliard.  Papers will circulate only to pre-selected scholars who have expressed their commitment to providing detailed feedback in the best interest of the author.  Papers will not be made publicly available.  When possible, H-Slavery will also invite a more junior post-doctoral scholar to provide comments in conversation with the established scholar (further details below).  All feedback will be reviewed by at least one of H-Slavery’s Advisory Board members.  H-Slavery will maintain a list of DSR sessions with paper titles, authors, and commentators available on our main page and will encourage participants to mention their session on their C.V.s.  At present, the DSR is focused on the history of slavery and abolition in the southern United States. We hope to expand our range of coverage in the coming years, and we invite scholars interested in contributing on this front to email us.

For Authors: H-Slavery welcomes junior scholars, especially graduate students, to propose a paper for review in our DSR.  Papers must be between 9,000 and 12,000 words, including notes, and should be beyond the stage of a seminar paper.  If submitting a dissertation chapter, please indicate the chapter number and its significance to the broader project. Interested scholars should email Dr. Jeff Forret ( with a copy of their paper, a subject line reading “DSR: Author Name, Short Title,” and the following information.

Year of Ph.D.:
Abstract (approx. 250 words):

The members of H-Slavery’s Advisory Board who are moderating the DSR will select papers based on the quality of their scholarship and the availability of commentators.  H-Slavery does not guarantee that all papers will find admission to the DSR. 

For Established Commentators: Established commentators currently serve at the invitation of the members of H-Slavery’s Advisory Board who are moderating the DSR.  If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Dr. Jeff Forret (  Established commentators have a broad knowledge in a specific area of study and are interested in helping junior scholars develop their arguments.  

For Junior Commentators: H-Slavery invites scholars who have received their Ph.Ds. in the last two years to volunteer to comment in a DSR session in conversation with an established scholar.  Interested scholars should email Dr. David Prior ( with a subject line reading “DSR Commentator: Full Name,” a copy of their C.V., and the following information. 

Full Name:
Email Address:
Year of Ph.D.:
Areas of Expertise (approx. 250 words):

DSR Moderators:

Dr. Jeff Forret, Lamar University
Dr. Kathleen Hilliard, Iowa State University
Dr. David Prior, University of New Mexico