CFP: The Boston Seminar Series on Modern American Society and Culture, 2018-2019 (deadline Mar 15)

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Call for Proposals: The Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture at the Massachusetts Historical Society 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 from the 1870s through the twentieth century. Contributions might address political culture and the state; technological change; political economy, labor, and capital; immigration; the family; urban, suburban, and rural change; race and ethnicity; religion; and high and low culture, sports, and leisure. Papers comparing the American experience with developments elsewhere in the world are welcome, as are cross-disciplinary studies.

Programs take place at the Massachusetts Historical Society, usually on the third or fourth Tuesday evening of each month between September and April. 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

Each session focuses on the discussion of a paper distributed to seminar participants 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 Seminar in Modern American Society and Culture, please visit the series webpage at