Colonial Society of Massachusetts Graduate Student Forum

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Call for Papers
May 19, 2017
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

Since 1999, more than 127 graduate students in early American history have shared their work in our Graduate Forum, which brings together promising students with Colonial Society members and friends for a day of discussion and scholarly engagement. Moderator David Hackett Fischer, University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, will guide the discussions.

We invite papers on all aspects of early American history (up to 1815), though we may give preference to those focusing on New England.  We encourage presentations dealing with other parts of the early American world to connect their accounts to the experiences of peoples and communities in the New England region.

We will commence with dinner on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at our townhouse at 87 Mount Vernon Street on Boston’s Beacon Hill.  Friday, May 19, will be a day of graduate presentations and discussion, followed by Professor Fischer’s closing remarks.  The Colonial Society will provide accommodations and travel reimbursements for all Graduate presenters. 

  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 January 15, 2017 to the Colonial Society’s vice president, Robert Allison, at  Contact Mr. Allison if you have any questions or concerns.

Testimonials from our 2015 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)


Contact Info: 

Colonial Society of Massachusetts

87 Mount Vernon Street

Boston MA 02127


Robert Allison, History Department, Suffolk University, Boston

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