The Shattuck Colonial American History Symposium

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Call for Papers
March 4, 2022 to March 6, 2022
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies

“The past,” L.P. Hartley wrote in his steady-selling novel, The Go-Between, “is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” In addition to exploring the veracity of Hartley’s words, the aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for historians, scholars, and students, west of the Rocky Mountains, to exchange ideas about early American history.  

Both individual and panel proposals are welcomed. The theme is Becoming Americans. Proposals should relate to any aspect of early American history, from 1607 to 1826. They should be no longer than 500 words and include a 1-page curriculum vitae for the presenter(s). All submissions should be filed as one document, preferably in .doc or .docx format and must include:

• A paper or panel title and a brief description.

• Email and institutional affiliation for designated contact person(s).

• A single page curriculum vitae for each participant.

• An indication of accommodations.

• An indication of AV needs.

The deadline for individual and panel proposals is Friday, December 17, 2021. Please submit proposals by email to Be sure to include “The Shattuck Colonial American History Symposium” in the subject line. If there are any questions, please contact Dr. Antonio T. Bly, the symposium organizer and the Peter H. Shattuck Endowed Chair in Colonial American History, at

The symposium’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert A. Gross, Draper Professor of Early American History, Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut, and author of The Minutemen and their World and The Transcendentalists and Their World. Mrs. Nicole Brown, M.A., a public historian at Colonial Williamsburg, will also lead an interactive discussion about colonial American women and the challenges of teaching the eighteenth-century in the twenty-first.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Antonio T. Bly

Peter H. Shattuck Endowed Chair in Colonial American History

Department of History

California State University, Sacramento

6000 J Street | Tahoe Hall 3084, MS 6059

Sacramento, CA 95819

Voice: (916) 278-6340 | Fax (916) 278-7476

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