CFP: MHS Early American History Seminar Series, 2018-2019 (deadline Mar 15)

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Call for Proposals: The Boston-Area Seminar in Early American History
Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Mass.

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Boston-Area Seminar in Early American History invites proposals for sessions in its 2018-2019 series. The Seminar involves discussion of pre-circulated works in progress, especially article or chapter-length papers, focusing on any aspect of American history and culture from the era of first contact through the 1820s. Papers comparing the American experience with developments elsewhere in the world are welcome, as are cross-disciplinary studies.

Since 1989, the Seminar has been held at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Programs take place on the first Tuesday evening of most months between October and May. The “Boston” in our name signals not the topics we address, but the numerous academic institutions in Boston, Cambridge, and greater New England whose students and faculty regularly gather around our seminar table. The sessions are widely announced on H-Net and in our publications and are well attended, often attracting more than two dozen participants.

Each session focuses on the discussion of a paper distributed to seminar registrants at least three weeks before the program. Authors must have their papers ready for circulation at this time. The essayist and an assigned commentator will each have an opportunity for remarks before the discussion is opened to the floor. Seminars meet for approximately 90 minutes and are followed by a light buffet supper that offers further time for networking.

We invite proposals (500 words) and CVs from interested researchers. In your proposal, please indicate when your paper can be available for distribution, as well as your preference (fall or spring) based on when the seminar’s feedback would be helpful to you. Advise us of any special scheduling conditions, such as a planned trip to Boston or an extended period when you cannot make a presentation. The steering committee will consider all proposals for the available session slots, and proposers will be notified by mid-May.

Please submit your proposals by March 15, 2018 to Katheryn Viens (, Director of Research at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

For more information on the Boston-Area Early American History Seminar series, visit the seminar’s webpage,