Other Conferences

This is a listing of conferences of interest to scholars of the Georgian period taken from the Omohundro Institute’s Map (a listing of events of interest to scholars of early America, broadly understood). You can find links to the events and more there.

Lecture: Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution
January 31, 2017
Washington, DC

Robert F. Smith discusses and signs copies of his book at the Society of the Cincinnati.

Seminar: Cambridge History of Medicine Seminar
January 31, 2017
Cambridge, England

Keynote: Sasha Handley, “Marriage, Mourning and Martyrdom: The History of an Eighteenth-Century English Bed-Sheet”

 Conference: Law and Colonial Violence: An International Workshop
February 14, 2017
London, England

This international workshop co-organized by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the European University Institute (EUI), and the University of Cambridge seeks to examine the genealogy of the complex and frequently contested intersection of law in its broadest sense, imperial violence, and the growing force of internationalism from a truly global perspective by calling for papers that address these questions and themes.

Conference: Western Society for 18th Century Studies
February 17, 2017 – February 18, 2017
Santa Barbara, CA

Annual Theme: Eighteenth-Century Science(s)

Seminar: A Vintage Evening: Whiskey and Rebellion
February 22, 2017
Washington, DC

Celebrate the spirit of insurgency at this Vintage Evening on the Whiskey Rebellion at the Society of the Cincinnati. Learn about the uprising against a tax on distilled spirits in 1791 and George Washington’s bold response to subdue the protesters, while sampling whiskey from Lyon Distilling Co. of Saint Michaels, Md. This event is in commemoration of George Washington’s 285th birthday.

Conference: Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850
February 23, 2017 – February 26, 2017
Charleston, SC

The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850 (CRE) provides a venue for the presentation of original research on the history of Europe, the Atlantic World and beyond.

Seminar: Maritime History and Culture Seminar
February 28, 2017
London, England

Keynote: Richard Blakemore, University of Reading, “Ten things I hate about Edward Barlow: the life and journal of a 17th-century sailor.”

Conference: Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) Annual Meeting
March 2, 2017 – March 4, 2017
Montgomery, AL

Annual Theme: Colonial Intersections in the Eighteenth Century

Conference: Society of Early Americanists
March 2, 2017 – March 4, 2017
Tulsa, OK

Proposals for traditional or experimental format sessions on all aspects of early America are welcome, but we will be especially attentive to the question of the public in early America as well as the public place of early American studies today.

Conference: Empires of Charity
March 3, 2017
Warwick, England

As historians of religious missions, transnational advocacy networks, humanitarian interventions and colonial discourse will be well aware, the longer history of philanthropic giving and the charitable act is deeply entwined with imperialism and empire, and continues to be associated with neo-imperialism in the contemporary era. This workshop seeks to interrogate and investigate this nexus to expand our understanding of the relationship between systems of charity and imperialism broadly defined within a trans-temporal and global framework.

Lecture: Martyr of the American Revolution: The Execution of Isaac Hayne, South Carolinian
March 7, 2017
Washington, DC

Historian C. L. Bragg discusses and signs copies of his book at the Society of the Cincinnati.

Seminar: Mémoires Militaires, Historiques et Politiques de Rochambeau
March 17, 2017
Washington, DC

Society of the Cincinnati Library Director Ellen Clark presents two recent acquisitions of major significance – the original manuscript of the comte de Rochambeau’s memoir of his life and military career, and his family’s annotated copy of the posthumously published edition, Mémoires Militaires.

Conference: Cultures and Practices of Travel, 1600-1800
March 24, 2017 – March 25, 2017
Leicester, England

Delving beyond ars apodemica and the field of travel literature, this two-day conference (funded by the British Academy) explores the range of new methods and theoretical approaches with which scholars are currently transforming the study of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century travel.

Conference: American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

2017 Annual Meeting

Conference: Thinking with Empire
March 31, 2017
New Brunswick, NJ

Taking into account the veritable explosion of scholarly works published within the last fifteen years, this conference asks scholars to continue to re-think the conceptual, geographic, temporal and thematic boundaries of empire and the imperial. While this conference is certainly interested in exploring the many ways in which empire and the nation-state continue to be imbricated, it is also aimed at challenging scholars to think about the “imperial” as an analytic.

Conference: Mid-Atlantic Conference for British Studies
April 1, 2017 – April 2, 2017
College Park, MD

The MACBS, the mid-Atlantic affiliate of the NACBS, the main organization for British Studies in Canada and the United States, seeks participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies. We solicit proposals for papers and panels on Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined.

Conference: Collect and Display: Subjects and Objects of New World Knowledge
April 5, 2017 – April 7, 2017
Madrid, Spain

In this two-days event, LAGLOBAL network plans to deal with the objects and subjects of knowledge. The idea is to propel the discussion about collecting objects and the registries made from the experience of chroniclers and explorers in the early modern and modern period in Hispanic American colonies.

Conference: Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home
April 6, 2017 – April 10, 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina

This conference looks at the actors and processes that produce and reconfigure the old world in the new, and the new world in the old across the Atlantic – north and south – through constructions of heritage in material and immaterial form.

Conference: Robert Southey and Romantic-era literature, culture and science: 1797, 1817, 2017 a Bicentennial Conference
April 11, 2017 – April 13, 2017
Bristol, England

This bicentennial conference focuses on the transformation of Bristol’s radical writers, doctors, and experimentalists in the aftermath of changes that transformed the city, most importantly the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815, and the formation of the Bristol Philosophical and Literary Institution in 1817.

Lecture: Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes
April 13, 2017
Washington, DC

Paul Staiti discusses and signs copies of his book at the Society of the Cincinnati.

Seminar: Triangle Early American History Seminar
April 21, 2017
Research Triangle Park , North Carolina

Keynotes: Bibb Edwards and Mishio Yamanaka, “Digital Tools for the Humanities”

Conference: (Un)Settling British Columbia
May 4, 2017 – May 6, 2017
Vancouver Island, Canada

The arrival and settlement of non-Indigenous peoples and species in North America utterly transformed relationships and environments, and the legacies of colonialism remain profound. Unsettling British Columbia means acknowledging and confronting these legacies, disturbing traditional perspectives of the province, and reexamining its economic, social and political systems.

Lecture: The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution
May 11, 2017
Washington, DC

In honor of the 234th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, historian John Oller discusses and signs copies of his biography of Francis Marion, an original Society member and famous leader of a band of South Carolina militiamen during the American Revolution.

Conference: De-Centering Early America: Intersections, Interstices, and Interactions
May 12, 2017
New York, NY

CUNY EARS invites proposals for papers focusing on the years ranging between the colonial period and the end of the Civil War. Topics can include but are not limited to gender, material culture, religion, the Atlantic World, slavery, Native American history, politics, law, print culture, immigration, urbanism, capitalism, digital humanities, and environmental history.

Conference: Ruler Visibility, Modernity, and the Ethnonational Mindset
May 17, 2017 – May 19, 2017
Aarhus, Denmark

A Two-Day Workshop (May 17-19, 2017) at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Denmark. CFP Deadline: October 1, 2016.

Conference: Cultures of Exclusion in the Early Modern World Enemies and Strangers, 1600-1800
May 18, 2017 – May 19, 2017
Warwick, England

This two-day interdisciplinary collaboratory takes the idea of ‘cultures of exclusion’ as a starting point to explore how social relationships were theorised and constructed, and how and why certain groups and individuals were excluded from particular social interactions and spaces.

Seminar: Maritime History and Culture Seminar
May 23, 2017
London, England

A joint seminar with the London Group of Historical Geographers. Panel discussion of Lauren Benton’s “A Search for Sovereignty: law and geography in European Empires, 1400–1900.”

Conference: Music and Politics in Britain, c.1780-c.1850
June 2, 2017 – June 3, 2017
London, UK

Bringing music to the centre of analysis has rich potential to offer fresh insight into political traditions, symbols, divisions, and struggles. An explicit aim of this conference is to facilitate this by promoting a deeper interdisciplinary exchange between historians, musicologists, and scholars of visual, literary, and theatrical culture.

Seminar: Maritime History and Culture Seminar
June 6, 2017

Keynote: Simon Layton, Queen Mary, University of London and Professor Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, University of Birmingham, “Cook’s new clothes: redressing the legacy of Captain Cook’s first voyage in the Pacific.”

Conference: Sons of the American Revolution Annual Conference
June 9, 2017 – June 11, 2017
Quincy, MA

In honor of the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Quincy Adams in July, 2017, the Sons of the American Revolution’s annual conference will investigate “The Adams Family and the American Revolution.” The conference proposes to explore the Adams family’s understanding of the nature, meaning, and significance of the American Revolution over the generations from John and Abigail to Henry and Brooks Adams.

Conference: Complaints and Grievances, 1500-1750
June 10, 2017 – June 11, 2017
Reading, England

Proposals for individual papers and panels are invited on research relating to this theme in any area of early modern literature and theatre, history, politics, art, music and culture across Britain, Europe and the wider world.

Conference: Negotiating Status and Scope of Action: Interrelations between Slavery and Other Forms of Dependency in Early Modern Europe
June 15, 2017 – June 17, 2017
Bremen, Germany

Taking a praxeological approach, the conference will pursue the following questions: How did contemporaries negotiate the legal and social status of persons forcibly transported to Europe? How did naming, court rulings, contracts, bureaucratic procedures and everyday practices mark commonalities and/or differences between slavery and other forms of bondage and dependency? To what extent did contemporaries assign to these persons existing legal, economic and social forms of bondage and dependency, such as the status of prisoner of war, convict, serf, domestic servant, or ward? What role did the age, gender, “race” and religion of trafficked persons play in this process of assignation? Did these processes of negotiation have repercussions for existing forms of bondage and dependency in Europe?

Conference: Remembering Early Modern Revolutions: England, North America, France, and Haiti
June 17, 2017
London, England
Deadline: February 1, 2017

This one-day conference will explore the memory of the major revolutions of the early modern period (England 1649 & 1688/9; North America 1776, France 1789, and Haiti 1791-1804). By addressing these events collectively, the conference will explore the interconnectedness of these revolutions in the contemporary mind.

Conference: Powerful Emotions: Emotions & Power c. 400-1850
June 28, 2017 – June 30, 2017
York, England

This conference will draw on a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise to address the relationships between two fundamental concepts in social and historical inquiry: power and emotion. How are historical forms of cultural, social, religious, political and soft power linked with the expression, performance and control of emotions? How has power been negotiated and resisted through expressions of emotions? How have emotional cultures sustained or been produced by particular structures of power? How have understandings and expressions of emotion played out within cross-cultural encounters and conflicts? What has been the relationship between intimate, personal feeling and its public, collective manifestations?

Conference: Gestures in Texts and the Visual Arts
June 29, 2017 – June 30, 2017
Dijon, France

Following up on its exploration of intermediality and text-image relations, the Centre de Recherche Texte/Image/Langage of Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is organizing a bilingual (French-English) international conference on the inscription of gestures in texts and the visual arts from the early modern period.

Conference: The Sixth Biennial Afroeuropeans Conference
July 6, 2017 – July 8, 2017
Tampere, Finland
Deadline: February 25, 2017

The general theme of the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. We encourage submissions exploring the topics below as well as proposals on other topics related to African/Black European communities and cultures.

Conference: British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference
July 6, 2017 – July 9, 2017
York, England

The Conferences Committee invites proposals for individual papers and for sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine, and from their colleagues in the wider scholarly community, on any theme, topic or period.

Conference: III CHAM International Conference
July 12, 2017 – July 15, 2017
Lisbon, Portugal

Annual Theme: “Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environment”

Conference: Economic Warfare and the Sea, 1650-1950
July 13, 2017 – July 15, 2017
London, England

This conference seeks to examine the role and consequence of economic warfare at sea from the early modern period to the Second World War, and to connect naval history with broader themes in economic and diplomatic history. Papers which take a long chronological view of this topic are particularly encouraged, as are those which explore or compare multiple regions of the globe.

Seminar: George Washington: The Early Years – A Seminar & Tour
August 11, 2017 – August 13, 2017
Fredericksburg, VA

Conference: Land and Water: Port Towns, Maritime Connections, and Oceanic Spaces of the Early Modern Atlantic World
August 31, 2017 – September 3, 2017
Portsmouth, England
Deadline: March 3, 2017

The organisers welcome work that explores the themes of port towns in the early modern Atlantic World in their broadest construction: sites of intercultural exchange, sites of tension, and sites of community. The relationship between land and water is intended to encompass all of the inhabitants of the Atlantic World: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas; Africans; Europeans; and their descendants.

Conference: Colonies and Colonial Wars in History
September 2, 2017 – September 8, 2017
Douala, Cameroon
Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Educational Committee of the International Commission of Military History invites PhD. students to take part in a workshop for young scholars who are still working on or have just finished their PhD thesis on a topic related to “Colonies and Colonial Wars in History“.

Conference: The Digital Panopticon: Crime and Punishment in Britain and its Penal Colonies, 1780-1925
September 13, 2017 – September 15, 2017
Liverpool, England
Deadline: March 31, 2017

We invite papers on any aspect of crime and punishment in Britain and its penal colonies between 1780 and 1925. We also welcome papers which include a comparative dimension with other times and places; papers on digital history, life histories of prisoners and convicts.

Conference: Early Modern Debts / Obligation and Cancellation in European Culture, 1550-1700
September 21, 2017 – September 22, 2017
Bamberg, Germany

This conference will stimulate rigorous interdisciplinary work on debt and credit in early modern culture. It addresses the relationship between general theories of debt and particular experiences or operations of debt, and explores how different sorts of credit interacted.

Seminar: Fort Ticonderoga Annual Seminar on the American Revolution
September 22, 2017 – September 24, 2017
Fort Ticonderoga, NY
Deadline: August 15, 2017

This weekend seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence.

Seminar: Fifth Summer Academy of Atlantic History
September 28, 2017 – October 1, 2017
Sevilla, Spain

“Connecting and Globalizing the Atlantic.” Hosted by Prof Bartolomé Yun Casalilla of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

Conference: Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference
October 12, 2017 – October 15, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

This four-day international conference will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains.

Conference: From Colonial Encounters to the Iraq War: Prisoners of War and Their Place in History
October 26, 2017 – October 28, 2017
Louisville, KY
Deadline: January 30, 2017

The Filson Historical Society’s Institute For Advanced Study proposes a three day academic conference that will explore the experience of POWs in all American conflicts since the colonial period. The conference aims to advance our understanding of the integral role prisoners of war played in the economic, cultural, political and military waging of American wars.

Conference: Southern Conference on British Studies 2017 Meeting
November 10, 2017 – November 11, 2017
Dallas, TX
Deadline: April 1, 2017

The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. We welcome both individual and panel submissions on any topic in British Studies, but especially on the theme of “Utopias: Sacred and Secular.”

Conference: Images, Copyright, and the Public Domain in the Long Nineteenth Century
March 29, 2018 – March 30, 2018
Wilmington, DE
Deadline: February 1, 2017

This project aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines and fields (printing history, art history, law, literature, visual culture, book history, etc.) to explore the cultural and legal consequences of the proliferation of images in the long nineteenth century. Our geographic focus will be on Great Britain and the United States in connection with the wider world, not only their colonies and territories, but also their commercial and artistic links with other countries.

Conference: Freemasons in the Transatlantic World during the Long Eighteenth Century
September 14, 2018 – September 16, 2018
Arlington, VA
Deadline: May 1, 2017

We invite proposals for papers presenting new research in the form of biographical or prosopographical findings in the history of Anglo-American Freemasonry during the long eighteenth century, including studies of freemasons in or from Britain, Ireland, all of North America and the Caribbean.