CFP British Group of Early American Historians’ Conference

Cardiff University

Friday–Saturday, 2–3 September 2022

The British Group of Early American Historians invites submissions for conference papers and panels on early American history for its annual conference taking place at Cardiff University in September 2022. The organisers conceive of early America quite broadly, and invite submissions from scholars working on North America and its Caribbean and Atlantic nodes and connections. This year, papers related to the history of borders are particularly welcome. There will also be space to discuss events related to the United States Semiquincentennial in July 2026, and proposals related to the American Revolution, its British and European contexts, and its commemoration will be warmly received.

Please email proposals for single papers or panels to the Programme Committee chair, Dr Rachel Herrmann, at HerrmannR@cardiff.ac.uk with the subject line BGEAH 2022. Proposals (with the name of the submitter and BGEAH in the file name) should be sent as an attachment by 15 June. Submissions should include a summary of no more than 200 words and a brief (1-2 pp) C.V.

As part of BGEAH’s ongoing commitment to national engagement, speakers are encouraged from across the UK, and funds are available to assist ECR attendees with conference expenses. In light of the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions in Wales, it is anticipated that this conference will take place in person. As of March 2022, masks are still required in all teaching spaces. We will be monitoring the situation and communicating accordingly with attendees. 

CFP Society for the History of Women in the Americas Annual Conference

Annual Conference
Friday 1st July 2022
British Library, London

The Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) welcomes
proposals for its annual conference, co-organised with the Eccles Centre for
American Studies at the British Library, London (UK).


This year’s seminar series sponsored by the Institute of Historical Research has
focused on the theme of Black Women of the political, financial, social, and
intellectual elite. The annual conference will further expand on this theme to
include Black Women’s activism at every level, from the grassroots to the elite
circles, at any point in the history of the Americas.


We encourage proposals for papers, panels or roundtables that engage with the
activism, cultural outputs, social and intellectual networks, and life experiences of Black Women activists. We are keen to engage with the British Library’s exhibition on Breaking the News and we would particularly encourage papers focused on Black women journalists. The day will include a private Show and Tell session of British Library collection items related to the themes for conference delegates.
The conference welcomes proposals from academics at any stage of their career, especially graduate students, as well as those active in civil society groups.


We invite 250 word abstracts for papers of 20 minutes length.

For full panels and roundtable discussions, please include descriptions of all papers proposed.

Please submit abstracts along with a 100-word biography of each proposed
speaker to shawsociety@gmail.com, by 28 March 2022.

Financial assistance for this year’s conference has been provided by the Eccles
Centre for American Studies at the British Library and Manchester Metropolitan
University.

Contact Info: 

Dr Marie Molloy (Manchester Metropolitan University) Chair, Society for the History of Women in the Americas

Dr Mara Keire (Oxford) Secretary, Society for the History of Women in the Americas

shawsociety@gmail.com

Contact Email: shawsociety@gmail.com

URL: https://shawsociety.net/2022/02/27/2022-annual-conference-call-for-papers/

Call for Papers : Oceans as Archives Conference

4-6 July, 2022

University of Amsterdam– The Netherlands

Organizers: Mikki Stelder (University of Amsterdam), Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia), Kristie Flannery (Australian Catholic University)

website: www.oceansasarchives.org

After an illuminating Oceans as Archives symposium in May 2021 held at the University of British Columbia on the Traditional, Ancestral, Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory (for more information click here), Oceans as Archives is returning for a second conference to be held at the University of Amsterdam from 4-6 July, 2022. We invite proposals from scholars, poets, artists, and activists to present new work that explores the ocean as a living, breathing, thinking, moving, life-sustaining and life-taking force. 

Oceans undermine existing navigational, resource and legal infrastructures that seek to harness the sea in the folds of capitalist modernity. Whereas European colonial and capitalist epistemologies separated the ocean from the land and designated the ocean as a highway for capitalism and an extractable resource, many non-Eurocentric critical traditions resist such distinctions, recognizing oceans as key to sustaining all life. Oceans and the relations it has generated through force, violence, care, ancestral belonging and spirituality have been central to Black diaspora, critical Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Caribbean, postcolonial, decolonial, and anticolonial thought. Drawing from these traditions, we approach oceans as archives that encourage new frameworks and methodologies for understanding capitalist, legal, imperialist, racial, environmental and (settler) colonial violence across Eurocentric geographical and temporal divides (Mawani 2018), while at the same time disrupting the Eurocentric spatio-temporalities of empire. 

Where Lisa Lowe (2015) brought attention to the “intimacies of four continents” as colonization and resistance made landfall, this symposium creates a space to explore and reflect on how thinking with oceans demands different imaginaries of thought and praxis that understands the ocean in relation. 

We envision a conversation that broaches what it means to think of oceans not as spaces in-between continents, but as foundational domains where colonial conquest, violence, resistance, and subversion plays on different scales, both past and present. How does such a reorientation force us to question the livingness of the sea, and its role in disrupting white superiority and species supremacy that was, and continues to be, crucial to the pursuits of European empires?

We welcome proposals for individual papers, roundtable conversations, poetry readings, visual art, performances, and curated panel discussions. There will be opportunities for works presented at the conference to be published in an anthology. 

Please submit your name, brief biography (100 words), title, abstract (250 words), and working bibliography by January 20, 2022 to oceansasarchives2022@gmail.com

We hope to offer financial assistance for untenured scholars, activists and artists on precarious (non)contracts to facilitate their participation. Please specify in your submission why you might qualify for such assistance and the funding you will need to attend this conference. If you are tenured and you would like to contribute to assisting your untenured colleagues in presenting their work through a financial donation, please let us know in your submission.

The conference is made possible through the generous support of The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis; The Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis; The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture; the European Commission; the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; and the Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia.

Call for Papers: Livestock as Global and Imperial Commodities: Economies, Ecologies and Knowledge Regimes, c. 1500 – present.

Commodities of Empire International Workshop, Free University Berlin, 14-15 July 2022

Livestock has played a crucial role in imperial politics, economies and societies over the past centuries. The expansion of animal raising often went hand in hand with settler colonialist land expropriation, and various animals were in many places crucial to colonial conquest and exploitation. Moreover, livestock and livestock commodities, such as meat, wool, hides and tallow were traded and consumed within and across boundaries, both imperial and non-imperial. Such commodification processes not only relied on settler livestock frontiers, but also on the transformation of indigenous livestock economies, knowledge regimes and local ecologies. They were closely tied to the global expansion of capitalism and, as such, also affected non-colonial and post-imperial spaces across the world in many similar, yet sometimes also diverging ways. However, compared to agricultural cash crops and minerals, imperial and global histories of livestock are still quite rare. This workshop addresses this important research gap. It aims to explore the different (political, economic, societal, cultural, religious, ecological and scientific) dimensions of livestock production and commodification in global and imperial history.

We broadly define livestock as domesticated animals that are raised for multiple purposes, most notably for their labour (draft, pack, riding and powering machinery); their skin, hair, horns, shells, feathers, etc. (for clothing or ornaments); their meat, milk and eggs (for nutritional purposes); their manure (as fertilizer or fuel); their body parts (for medicinal purposes); their monetary value (for barter, savings and marriage payments); or their symbolic value (for religious uses, punishments and displays of prestige). Our definition includes cattle, water buffaloes, yaks, reindeer, sheep, goats, pigs, camels, elephants, horses, mules, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, poultry and ostriches, and we would also welcome papers on (shell)fish farming. Yet, we would exclude wild animals that are hunted, exhibited and/or subjected to conservationist measures. These will be addressed in a second workshop in 2023.

Potential paper topics may relate to:

·the politics of livestock production: colonial control over land and/or pastoralist societies, local/imperial food security, capitalist expansion, international organisations such as FAO, etc.

·modes of livestock raising: nomadic, semi-nomadic and settled pastoralism and mixed farming, large-scale ranching, industrial animal farming, ownership by international corporations, etc.

·social conditions and effects of livestock production: social stratification, gender, race, caste, religious, and ethnic roles, changing labour forms and relations, (legal) regimes of land and livestock ownership, etc.

·environmental consequences: deforestation, formation of grasslands, soil erosion, (water) pollution, global warming through methane emissions, etc.

·veterinary, agricultural and environmental knowledge and technologies: (non-) circulation of knowledge, conflicting knowledge regimes and actors, scientific institutions and practices such as experimental stations, cross-breeding and selective breeding techniques, practices of disease control, etc.

·processing of livestock commodities: slaughterhouses, processing of hides, wool and dairy, techniques for dried, salted, canned, frozen and chilled meat, etc.

·trading infrastructures and networks: transport technologies, ports, trade companies, credit mechanisms, etc.

·livestock labour: transport, warfare, role in agriculture, forestry and mining for the production of other (global) commodities such as  sugar, teak or silver, etc.

·local, imperial and global uses of livestock commodities: for food, clothing, fertilizer, medicine, payments, etc.

We are interested in cases from all geographical regions and in approaches from various disciplines. In addition to historians, we welcome papers from anthropologists, sociologists, veterinary scientists, zoologists, environmentalists and other scholars working on the global and imperial history of livestock and livestock commodities.

This two-day workshop is a collaborative venture between the Commodities of Empire British Academy Research Project and the Commodifying Cattle Research Project funded by the German Research Foundation at the Free University Berlin. Following the long-standing practice of Commodities of Empire workshops, papers will be grouped in thematic panels, pre-circulated to all workshop participants, and panel discussions will be opened by a chair or discussant. Paper-givers will then have the possibility to reply succinctly, and this will be followed by open discussion. Papers presented at the workshop may be considered for publication in the Commodities of Empire Working Papers series: https://commoditiesofempire.org.uk/publications/working-papers/. We strongly encourage graduate students and other early career scholars to propose papers.

Costs of accommodation in and, within certain limits, travel to Berlin will be covered. We have special funding for scholars coming from the Global South. Please note, however, that while we aim to hold the workshop on site at the Free University Berlin, we might have to hold the workshop virtually, or in a hybrid form, depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and the (travel) restrictions it entails. 

Please e-mail expressions of interest, with a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, by 31 January 2022 to Samuël Coghe, Free University Berlin, samuel.coghe@fu-berlin.de. We will notify authors about the acceptance of their papers by 15 March 2022. They will then be asked to submit a draft paper of approx. 5,000-6,000 words (not counting footnotes and bibliography) 3 weeks prior to the event.

Contact Info: Dr Samuël Coghe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Freie Universität Berlin

Contact Email: samuel.coghe@fu-berlin.de

URL: https://commoditiesofempire.org.uk/events/workshop-2022/

Heidelberg Center for American Studies Annual Spring Academy Conference

Heidelberg, Germany, March 21-25, 2022            

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for its annual Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion to be held from March 21-25, 2022.

The HCA Spring Academy provides 20 international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and thoroughly discuss their Ph.D. projects. Additionally, it offers workshops held by visiting scholars. 

We encourage applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences and pursue an interdisciplinary approach. Participants can present papers on any subject relating to the study of the United States of America. Possible topics include American identity, issues of ethnicity, gender, transatlantic relations, U.S. domestic and foreign policy, economics, and various aspects of American history, literature, religion, geography, law, musicology, and culture. The accepted projects will be arranged into ten panel groups.

Participants are requested to prepare a 20-minute presentation of their research project, which will be followed by a 40-minute discussion. 

The Spring Academy aims to create a congenial atmosphere for scholarly exchange in order to inspire future collaborations and foster networking opportunities for participants. 

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies is prepared to provide accommodation during the conference week. 

Thanks to a small travel fund, the Spring Academy can subsidize travel expenses for participants registered and residing in developing and soft-currency countries. Applicants for the travel fund must document the necessity for financial aid and explain how they plan to cover any potentially remaining expenses. Additionally, a letter of recommendation from their doctoral advisor is required.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the HCA reserves the right to adapt the conference structure and host the event online or in a hybrid format if necessary.

Start of Application Process:                         September 30, 2021

Deadline for applications:                                November 15, 2021

Selections will be made by:                               January 2022

Get in touch via email:                                         springacademy@hca.uni-heidelberg.de

Contact info: Julia Patricia Nohle
Spring Academy Organizing Team
Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA)
Curt und Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais
Hauptstr. 120
69117 Heidelberg

Contact Email: jnohle@hca.uni-heidelberg.de

URL: https://www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de/spring/applicationspring_en.html

CFP: Bartolomé de Las Casas: Transatlantic Reformer?

Third International Conference on Bartolomé de las Casas, June 22-24, 2022

In Charles Taylor’s provocative study, A Secular Age, he identifies Reform as a broad conviction “felt with increasing power during the Middle Ages and early modern period, that not just an élite, but as far as possible all the faithful live up to the demands of the Gospel” (104). Drawing on this expansive concept, the theme of the Third International Conference on Bartolomé de las Casas (June 22–June 24, 2022) will center on the question of Las Casas’s role as a transatlantic reformer. Papers are welcome that put Las Casas in conversation with broader trends in sixteenth-century reformations, Christian humanism and secularization as well as currents in theology, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and law. Organizers also welcome contributions that draw on approaches that address Las Casas’s mark on social discipline and print culture.

Importantly, this Lascasian conference coincides with the 500th anniversary of Las Casas’s 1522 entrance into a self-consciously reforming Dominican Order, itself an expression of trends in the renewal of religious life. Participants will benefit from and contribute to the rich combination of unique research interests afforded by this interdisciplinary invitation to consider Las Casas as a reformer in his own right. 

Proposals (in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish) of 250 to 500 words in length and a short bio of 250 words are due by February 1st, 2022: sent to the attention of the organizers at LasCasasConference2022@gmail.com.

Accepted papers will be eligible for inclusion in a projected third double-blind peer-reviewed collection. For up to date information, visit Lascasian Studies at Providence College.

Contact info: Fr. David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director of Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LALS), Department of History, Providence College, 549 River Avenue, Providence, RI 02918

Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Th.D., Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, 02215

Andrew Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Church History, Japan Lutheran College and Seminary, 3-10-20 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo, 181-0015, Japan

Contact Email: LasCasasConference2022@gmail.com

URL: https://mission-ministry.providence.edu/las-casas-studies-at-providence-college/

CFP: Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution

September 23-25, 2022

Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for the Eighteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2022. 

Many states, as well as national entities, are already beginning the process of planning for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of American Independence. Current events, from the end of America’s longest war of Afghanistan, to fundamental questions about the democracy that was created nearly 250 years ago provide new context to explorations of one of the longest, bitterest, and most consequential conflicts in American history.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks proposals for new research on this critical period of the 18th century from a variety of perspectives, participants, and methodologies. Established scholars, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers broadly addressing the origins, conduct, or repercussions of the War for American Independence. We are especially interested in topics and approaches that engage the international nature of the conflict, representing the variety of peoples and places involved. 

We welcome interdisciplinary backgrounds and approaches roughly covering the period from the 1760s to the 1780s. Papers may include or engage:

  • Material Culture
  • Biographical Analysis
  • Social and Cultural Histories
  • Global Theatres of War 
  • Archaeological Studies
  • Indigenous Perspectives

Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with partial travel reimbursement.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and CV by email by January 31, 2022, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs: rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org

Contact Info: Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs, Fort Ticonderoga.

Contact Email: rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org

URL: https://www.fortticonderoga.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FINAL-CFP-Fort-Ticonderoga-Seminar-on-the-American-Revolution…

CFP: Annual Meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society

Charleston, SC, May 12-14, 2022

The 46th annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society (FCHS) will take place in Charleston, SC in conjunction with the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program (CLAW) and the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Conference events will take place on the campus of the College of Charleston and conference associated activities will occur in historic downtown Charleston. 

This year’s theme will be “Transatlantic Diasporas,” which invites participants to reflect on the diasporic networks that defined the French colonial world. These might include religious diasporas and networks such as the Huguenots; political dissident groups like the émigrés who fled the French Revolution; or planters who fled the Haitian Revolution; or diasporas of Africans or indigenous people who scattered around the French colonial world and interacted in various ways with colonial and imperial power structures. We are especially eager to receive proposals connected to Africa, the French Caribbean, and connections of these places to other colonies in the Americas. The Society encourages students, scholars, and educators from all disciplines to submit proposals. Papers may be delivered in English or French.

Individual paper proposals should include a 100-200 word summary with the title of the paper, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number, and a brief curriculum vitae, all integrated into a single file, preferably in MS-Word.

Proposals for complete panels or round tables will contain the same information for each participant, as well as contact information and a short C.V. for the moderator if one is suggested. The program committee can help find moderators, if necessary. Individuals wishing to moderate a session should send a statement of interest, contact information, and a brief c.v. as well. 

Please indicate in your proposal whether audiovisual equipment is required. Given the higher than normal anticipations of travel restrictions and potential of traditional in-person presentations, please indicate if you/your panel would be willing to adapt your presentation to a strictly digital format using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.          

Individual or panel proposals will be accepted between September 30 and November 15, 2021. Please send proposals to frenchcolonial2022@gmail.com

Graduate students who wish to be considered for the Shorrock Travel Award should indicate so on their proposal, and should include an estimated budget of travel expenses and other anticipated sources of funding with their application.  

Given the specific partnerships between the three institutions, conference fees include one free annual membership to any of the three participating institutions and receipt of access and privileges associated with those specific affiliations.  During registration, you will be able to selection a membership of your choice.  Lifetime members of each organization will be required to submit the conference fee to cover organization and execution of the conference.

Additional information about the Society’s scholarly activities, fellowships, and past conferences is available at www.frenchcolonial.org.

APPEL À COMMUNICATIONS

Congrès annuel de la Société d’Histoire Coloniale Française

Charleston, Caroline du Sud, Etats-Unis

Du 12 au 14 mai 2022 

Le 46e congrès annuel de la Société d’Histoire Coloniale Française (SHCF) se tiendra du 12 au 14 mai 2022 à Charleston, en Caroline du Sud, aux États-Unis, en association avec le Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program (CLAW) et la Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Le colloque et les événements qui y sont associés se dérouleront sur le campus du College of Charleston et dans le centre historique de Charleston.

Le congrès de cette année porte sur le thème « des diasporas atlantiques ». Celui-ci invite les intervenants à réfléchir sur les réseaux diasporiques qui définissent le monde colonial français. Ceux-ci peuvent inclure les diasporas et les réseaux religieux comme ceux des huguenots; ceux des groupes politiques dissidents comme les émigrés qui ont fui la révolution française; ou des planteurs qui ont fui la révolution haïtienne; ou ceux des diasporas des Africains et des autochtones qui se sont ou ont été dispersés dans le monde colonial français et ont interagi de multiples façons avec les autorités coloniales et impériales. Le comité scientifique est particulièrement intéressé de recevoir des propositions de communication liées à l’Afrique et à la Caraïbe française, et sur leurs liens avec d’autres espaces coloniaux aux Amériques. La Société encourage les enseignants, les chercheurs et les doctorants de toutes disciplines à soumettre des propositions de communication. Les communications peuvent être faites en anglais ou en français.

Les propositions individuelles doivent indiquer le titre de la communication, le nom de l’intervenant, son institution de rattachement, ses coordonnées (e-mail, téléphone) et inclure un résumé de 100 à 200 mots accompagné d’un bref curriculum vitae, le tout dans un seul document, de préférence en MS-Word.

Les propositions d’ateliers complets ou de tables rondes doivent inclure ces éléments pour chacun des participants, de même que pour le président.e/modérateur.trice (le comité scientifique peut aussi aider à trouver un président.e/modérateur.trice).

Veuillez indiquer dans votre proposition si vous avez besoin d’équipements audiovisuels. Au vu de la forte possibilité de restrictions concernant les voyages, notamment internationaux, veuillez indiquer également si vous ou les membres de votre atelier seraient d’accord pour présenter vos communications en distanciel avec Microsoft Teams ou Zoom.

Les personnes souhaitant présider une séance sont priées d’envoyer une déclaration d’intérêt, leurs coordonnées ainsi qu’un bref CV.

Les propositions pour des ateliers complets ou des communications individuelles seront acceptées entre le 30 septembre et le 15 novembre 2021. Veuillez envoyer votre soumission au comité du programme par courriel à l’adresse suivante : frenchcolonial2022@gmail.com.

Les doctorant.e.s qui souhaitent candidater à une aide financière pour leur déplacement à Charleston (la  Shorrock Travel Award) doivent le mentionner dans leur proposition de communication et inclure un budget et les autres sources de financement dont ils ou elles bénéficient.

En raison des partenariats entre les trois institutions, les droits d’inscription incluent une année de cotisation gratuite comme membre à l’une ou l’autre des trois et les avantages associés à l’adhésion. Lors de l’inscription au congrès, chacun pourra choisir l’institution de son choix. Les membres à vie de chaque institution devront régler les frais d’inscription en vue de couvrir le coût de l’organisation et de la tenue du congrès. 

Des informations complémentaires sur les activités de la Société d’histoire coloniale française, les prix, et les précédentes conférences sont disponibles à l’adresse suivante: www.frenchcolonial.org.

 Contact Email: frenchcolonial2022@gmail.com

URL: http://www.frenchcolonial.org

CFP: Building Bridges in the Americas

2022 Biennial Scholars Conference on American Jewish History

Tulane University, May 15-17, 2022

The Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, invites submissions until November 10, 2021.

This conference seeks to emphasize and explore connections, dialogues, and debates in American Jewish studies from transdisciplinary perspectives. We seek papers across a wide range of eras and geographies, including North America,  South America, and the Caribbean. We encourage papers that engage with how Jewish Studies scholarship reaches across regions, communities, historical periods, and/or disciplines to open up new areas of inquiry.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Bridges in the Americas.” Bridges facilitate movement from one point to another, often spanning a seeming impasse to take us from one place to another. By enabling new relations and migrations, bridges direct flow. Historical actors have sometimes imagined themselves or their lives as bridges between disparate experiences; as feminist writer Cherríe L. Moraga puts it, “I am a woman with a foot in both worlds; and I refuse the split. I feel the necessity for dialogue. Sometimes I feel it urgently.” With the imagery of bridges in mind, possible conference topics might include: indigenity; Jews of color; multiracial, interfaith, queer and trans experiences; migration; cultural flows; translocality; diversity and inclusion within the Jewish community; less represented voices, populations, and subjects; new models of periodization; ties between American Jewry and Israel; and Jewish studies’ relationship to other fields of study.

Although we particularly welcome submissions connected to the theme, the Scholars Conference Committee will gladly consider proposals exploring any aspect of American Jewish history and culture. The Committee encourages the submission of complete panels and nontraditional types of panels, including seminars, roundtables, and lightning sessions. It will also consider individual paper submissions. In all cases, the Committee urges contributors to approach the conference as an opportunity to share ideas through interactive conversation and accessible presentations. International scholars, graduate students, and scholars with limited financial resources are all encouraged to apply. Once acceptance decisions are made, a limited number of travel grants will be made available.

*AJHS is aware of Covid concerns and will provide an updated cancelation policy upon registration.

Submission instructions:

  • Paper abstract (250 words)
  • For panels or other organized sessions, short panel description (150 words), with individual paper abstracts attached for formal panels.
  • Brief participant bio (120 words), including email address and phone number.
  • Indicate technological or accessibility needs.
  • Indicate if you can only participate remotely. Our expectation is that (COVID permitting) the conference will be in person, but regardless, we will have a limited number of remote presentation slots for those who know they cannot be there in person.
  • Indicate what language you prefer to present in. The majority of the conference is likely to be in English, but we welcome abstracts and papers in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Hebrew.
  • Please note, any single person may serve no more than two times in the conference in two different roles (e.g. presenter on panel x and respondent to panel y).

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email and/or reach out to our conference co-chairs Michael Cohen (cohen@tulane.edu) and Laura Leibman (Leibman@reed.edu). 

Contact Info: Ilana McQuinn, Program Manager, Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience, Tulane University

Contact Email: milana@tulane.edu

URL: https://ajhs.org/scholars-conference

Bavarian American Academy

Annual Conference 2022, July 7-9

Representations and Uses of the American Revolution in Past and Present

Call for Papers

The American Revolution is, obviously, the founding moment of the United States of America that continues to be present in the U.S. and beyond. From the late eighteenth-century on, it has been and continues to be an inspiration for social movements and both, state- and nation-building in multiple contexts. One could think of struggles for civil rights, constitutions, institutions such as parliaments or courts of justice. The American Revolution functioned as a usable past justifying political change, the organization of resistance, and revolutionary action. The independence movements in Haiti and Spanish America, the Italian Risorgimento, decolonization in Africa in the mid-20th century, and sovereignty claims of the Haudenosaunee who hold that the US constitution is based on their, the Iroquois nations’, centuries old confederation, is what comes to mind.

With this call, we invite papers from all disciplines that explore the actors, media, representations, and uses of the American Revolution for different historical contexts and against the background of concepts such as cultural transfer, transculturation, the transnational national, travelling concepts, or fractured continuities. Our aim is not only to show the multitude of interpretations of the American Revolution and its very diverse effects, how interpretations change mutatis mutandis across time and space. We will also discuss how much a “past event” such as the American Revolution continues to be present, and how it is subject to change. Which narratives relating to the American Revolution were utilized, forgotten and (re-)discovered when, where, by whom and for which reasons. Where are the limits of these diverse perspectives? When, where, and why do these narratives serve as a means to gloss over / overwrite / hide deeply rooted historical, political, and cultural contradictions. When do they become counter factual? And who decides on the factual?

Please send your proposal by 31 October 2021 to volker.depkat@ur.dekarsten.fitz@uni-passau.de, and susanne.lachenicht@uni-bayreuth.de