2018 Graduate Student Forum

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Call for Papers
February 1, 2018
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Colonial America, Native American History / Studies, Slavery, Religious Studies and Theology


The Colonial Society of Massachusett’s Graduate Forum brings together new generations of scholars to share their work on early American history. Since 1999, more than 130 promising graduate students have joined Colonial Society members and friends in a day of scholarly engagement. Moderator Richard D. Brown,  Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History emeritus, University of Connecticut will guide the discussions for the 2018 Forum.


We invite papers on all aspects of early American history (up to 1815).


The Graduate Forum begins with dinner on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 87 Mount Vernon Street on Boston’s Beacon Hill.  Presentations and discussion follow on Friday, June 8, with Professor Brown giving closing remarks. 


The Colonial Society will provide accommodations in Boston and reimburse you for travel expenses.


  Your proposal


--should not exceed five pages;


--should give a vivid sense of your dissertation topic;


--should highlight some methodological or conceptual problem you have encountered in your research.


Submit proposals by February 1, 2018, to the Colonial Society’s vice president, Robert Allison, at rallison@suffolk.edu.  Contact Mr. Allison if you have any questions or concerns.


Testimonials from our most recent Graduate Forum:


“The forum was one of the best conferences I've attended -- I feel so fortunate to have been a part of it!”


“. . . it was a really great opportunity to workshop my ideas and get feedback.”





Recent books by Graduate Forum alumni:


Jared Hardesty (2011 Graduate Forum)  Unfreedom:  Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston (2016)


Kate Grandjean (2005)  American Passage:  The Communications Frontier in Early America (2015)


Jonathan Den Hartog (2003) Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New Nation (2015)




Heather Miyano Kopleson, (2003) Faithful Bodies:  Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic. (2014)


Ruma Chopra (2007)  Choosing Sides:  Loyalists in Revolutionary America (2013)


Kathleen Donegan (2002) Seasons of Misery: Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America, (2013)




Linford Fisher,(2007)  The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America (2012)




Emily Blanck (2002)  Tyrannicide: Forging an American Law of Slavery in Revolutionary South
Carolina and Massachusetts (2012)


Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor (2002) The Ties that Buy:  Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (2009)




June 7-8, 2018


Submit Proposals by February 1, 2018


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Robert Allison

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