CfP (Seminar Series): Malgeri Modern American Society & Culture Seminar at the MHS

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Call for Proposals
Deadline: 27 March 2023

Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Dina G. Malgeri Modern American Society and Culture Seminar invites proposals for sessions in its 2023-2024 series. The Seminar involves discussion of pre-circulated works in progress, especially article or chapter-length papers (20-40 pages), focusing on any aspect of American history from the Civil War through the twentieth century. Contributions might address political culture and the state; technological change; political economy, labor, and capital; immigration; the family; urban, suburban, and rural change; race and ethnicity; religion; and high and low culture, sports, and leisure. Papers comparing the American experience with developments elsewhere in the world are welcome, as are cross-disciplinary studies.

Each session focuses on the discussion of a paper distributed to seminar registrants approximately three weeks before the program. Authors must have their papers ready for circulation at this time. The essayist and an assigned commentator will each have an opportunity for remarks before the discussion is opened to the floor. Sessions may take place virtually, in person, or in a hybrid format as conditions allow. 

We invite proposals (500 words) and CVs (3 pages maximum) from interested researchers. In your proposal, please indicate when your paper can be available for distribution, as well as your preference (fall or spring) based on when the seminar’s feedback would be helpful to you. Advise us of any special scheduling conditions, such as a planned trip to Boston or an extended period when you cannot make a presentation. The steering committee will consider all proposals for the available session slots, and proposers will be notified by early summer.

Please submit your proposals by 27 March 2023 to