Colonial Society Graduate Forum

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2020
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Slavery

Graduate students in early American history are invited to submit proposals for the 2020 Colonial Society of Massachusetts' Graduate Student Forum, June 11 and 12, 2020. 

We will invite between six and twelve graduate students focusing on early America (before 1815) to share their work at this one-day session.   Moderator Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History Emerita, Lecturer in Law, University of Iowa, and members of the Society will guide the discussions. 

The purpose of this day-long workshop (which begins with dinner on Thursday June 11) is to help graduate students hone their topics and find additional archival resources, and to introduce the Colonial Society to emerging themes in early-American history. 

The Forum is held at the Colonial Society's home, 87 Mount Vernon Street, on Boston's Beacon Hill.  The Colonial Society will reimburse all travel expenses, and provide meals and accomodation, for participants. 

Since our first Graduate Forum in 1999, more than 150 graduate students have presented at the Colonial Society;  for many, this was their first scholarly conference;  for others, it was an opportunity to meet other emerging scholars who focus on Colonial, Revolutionary, or the Early Republic.  For all it has been a worthwhile and transformative experience.  Many alumni have gone on to become members of the Colonial Society. 

  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, and any questions, to Society Vice President Robert Allison. 


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Robert J. Allison

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