RIAS International PhD Seminar

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Call for Papers
March 25, 2022
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) is a leading research center and graduate school, partnered with Leiden University, dedicated to the study of American history, politics, and society. Since 2003, the Institute has organized regular seminars for doctoral students pursuing research in its areas of interest.

The RIAS will host its next in person research seminar in Middelburg on 11-13 May 2022. We kindly invite applications from current doctoral candidates whose research covers any aspect of American culture, media, society, politics, or foreign relations, current or historical.

We are particularly interested in studies in the following research areas:

- U.S. in the world

- Culture and ideology

- Environmental issues

- Race and gender studies

- Social justice movements, civil and political rights

We welcome proposals for research papers (e.g. a dissertation chapter), or for papers that give an overview of the project in its entirety. Participants will present their paper and contextualize it within their research project in 15 minutes. Each presentation is followed by a group discussion of approximately 45 minutes, providing extensive opportunities for feedback.

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals, consisting of a 300-word abstract and a CV, no later than Thursday, 25 March 2022. These should be addressed to the seminar coordinators, Dr. Gaetano Tommaso and Paul Brennan, and sent to info@roosevelt.nl.

To support a culture of diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage proposals from students that reflect the diversity of our field in terms of gender, ethnicity, and disability.

Participants will be expected to have a paper (approximately 6,000 words) ready for precirculation by Friday, 22 April 2022.

Accommodation and meals in Middelburg will be provided by the RIAS. A hybrid option for online participation may be provided for as might prove necessary due to contingencies stemming from the COVID pandemic.

For any further information, please consult our website at www.roosevelt.nl, or contact the seminar coordinators, at the following addresses:



Contact Info: 

Roosevelt Institute for American Studies

Gaetano Di Tommaso


Paul Brennan


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