Research Seminar in American History / American Studies Middelburg, The Netherlands, 1-3 July 2020

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Call for Papers
April 7, 2020
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Asian American History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Slavery

The Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) is a research center and graduate school, partnered with Leiden University, dedicated to the study of American history, politics, and society. Since 2003, the Institute has organized regular seminars for doctoral students pursuing research in its areas of interest.

The RIAS will host its next research seminar on 1-3 July 2020, and we kindly invite applications from current doctoral candidates whose research covers any aspect of U.S. culture, media, society, politics, or foreign relations, current or historical. We welcome proposals for research papers (e.g. a dissertation chapter), or for papers that give an overview of the project in its entirety.

Participants will present their paper and contextualize it within their research project in 15 minutes. Each presentation is followed by a group discussion of approximately 45 minutes, providing extensive opportunities for feedback.

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals, consisting of a 300-word abstract and a CV, no later than Tuesday, 7 April 2020. These should be addressed to the seminar coordinators Debby Esmeé de Vlugt and Nanka de Vries and sent to

In order to support a culture of diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage proposals from students that reflect the diversity of our field in terms of gender, ethnicity, and disability.

Participants will be expected to have a paper (approximately 7,500 words) ready for precirculation by Tuesday, 26 May 2020.

Accommodation and meals in Middelburg will be provided by the RIAS.
For any further information, please consult our website at, or contact the seminar coordinator, at the above address.

Contact Info: 

Debby Esmeé de Vlugt and Nanka de Vries

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