CFP: Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture

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Crosspost from H-Ethnic

Deadline: March 15, 2017

Call for Papers

The Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture (formerly the Boston Seminar on Immigration and Urban History) invites proposals for sessions in its 2017-2018 series.  Programs take place at the Massachusetts Historical Society, usually on the third or fourth Tuesday evening of the month between September and April.  As in previous years, we will still offer many sessions on immigration and urban history—probably most of them will treat our series’s longtime focus. But we have allowed ourselves some flexibility by adopting our new name.

Our chronological focus is from the middle of the nineteenth century forward. Topically, people’s daily lives have an important place on our agenda, but not at the cost of such concerns as spiritual and secular thought, political life, education, the family, and the workplace.  Programs are not confined to Massachusetts topics, nor are they limited to the research of historians.  Papers comparing the American experience with developments elsewhere in the world are welcome.

The audience for the seminar consists of regular participants and others drawn to a specific topic; the seminars are widely announced on H-Net and in M.H.S. publications.  Each session focuses on the discussion of a pre-circulated paper.  The essayist and an assigned commentator will each have an opportunity for remarks before the discussion is opened to the floor.  Papers must be available for circulation at least a month before the seminar date.

The seminar’s steering committee would like to fill at least two sessions through this call for papers.  If you would like to be considered for a slot, please send your CV and a one-page précis of your paper by March 15 to Conrad E. Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, or to

In your proposal, please indicate when your paper will be available for distribution.  If there are special scheduling conditions, such as a planned trip to Boston or an extended period when you can not make a presentation, please indicate in your proposal.

For more information on the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture, please visit the series webpage at