Call for Papers (October 15) to an Interdisciplinary Two-Day Workshop on North America and the Early United States

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Call for Papers to an Interdisciplinary Two-Day Workshop on North America and the Early United States

At the University of California, Berkeley, April 6-7, 2018

Organized with support from the UC Berkeley’s History Department, the English Department’s Americanist Colloquium, the Institute of European Studies, Townsend Center, Graduate Assembly, and Interdisciplinary Working Group on the Early US

This two-day interdisciplinary workshop aims to be as useful as possible to PhD students working on all aspects of North America and the early U.S. from the mid-eighteenth to late- nineteenth century. Rather than conventional panel presentations, each session will be organized around the close workshopping of two or three related papers in a seminar environment moderated by a Berkeley faculty member. The workshop is inspired by a few basic contentions: 1) exchanging insights and perspectives across academic disciplines can meaningfully improve our work; 2) intensive workshopping is often more fruitful for both presenters and readers than formal panels, and 3) researchers of North America and the early U.S. living west of the Rockies may not have the same access to research institutions and scholarly communities as those located farther east. In addition to advancing our work, we also hope to bolster intellectual exchange and community among graduate students in different institutions along the West Coast.

The workshop has no formal theme or topic. Instead, we seek papers that work intentionally to integrate the methodologies and insights of at least two academic disciplines and, simultaneously, would benefit from academics of different background workshopping the text. We also invite papers that explore interconnections between the U.S. and its broader hemisphere, and across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

By October 15th, please send your paper proposal and CV to Paper proposals should be approximately 300 words and specify the disciplinary approaches and main sources used. We will respond by November 15th, and ask participants to expect to submit their roughly 25-page papers two weeks prior to the workshop for pre-circulation.

If accepted, you may apply for financial aid. We hope to provide as much funding for travel and lodging as possible.