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:

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

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The KHI Amerindian Lecture Series

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

16 September – 16 Dezember 2021

Thursdays, 17:30 CET, online

Program & Registration:

In the framework of Department Gerhard Wolf & 4A_Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics

Organized by Sanja Savkić Šebek (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) & Bat-ami Artzi (Dumbarton Oaks)

The KHI Amerindian Lecture Series 2021 is conceived as a forum to reflect on Indigenous arts/visual cultures and aesthetic practices created on the American continent, past and present. It gathers scholars who present novel research in/linking art history, anthropology/ethnology, (ethno)history, archaeology, museum studies, artistic and curatorial work, as well as other areas of inquiry concerned with images and artifacts and their handling. The diversity and richness of indigenous ‘visual modes’ across the continent is shown through a range of case studies which serve as a starting point to develop methodological and conceptual tools for the study of a variety of subjects, such as: the relationship of Amerindian art and ritual, and a specific ontology of images; the relation between aesthetics, cosmology and ecology; the encounter between Amerindian and European artistic and scriptural conventions; representations of connectedness of native practices across time and space in different media; the tension between locality and globality; pattern and form; politics of display; memory, identity, gender, ethnicity and violence in visual manifestations, among other themes. The studies break the artificial borders between fine art and craft, and question scholarly canons, as well as museal and exhibitory forms.


16 September 2021, 17:30

Johannes Neurath (Museo Nacional de Antropología – INAH, Mexico)

The Uncertain Power of Images: Ambiguous Figuration and Amerindian Cosmopolitics

30 September 2021, 17:30

Federico Navarrete Linares (Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM)

Lienzo de Tlaxcala and Codex Mendoza: Two Examples of Codigophagy in 16th Century New Spain

07 October 2021, 17:30

Ruth Philips (Canada Research Professor of Art History Emerita, Carleton University)

Vision Plays: Anishinaabe Women’s Arts of Power and Empowerment

28 October 2021, 17:30

Julie Nagam (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media; Artistic Director of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2020 and 22; Director of aabijijiwan New Media Lab and Co-Director of Kishadigeh Collaborative Research Centre; Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg)

Decolonial Tools – Digital Media

11 November 2021, 17:30

Natalia Majluf (Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago)

Textiles/Art. An Essay on Aesthetic Categories in Twentieth-Century Peru

25 November 2021, 17:30

María Eugenia Ulfe (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

Representing the Incommensurable, Recreating the Inconceivable: The Case of Andean Artists and Their Contemporary Artwork

02 December 2021, 17:30

Andrew Hamilton (The Art Institute of Chicago)

Fragments of Empire: The Afterlife of a Colonial Inca Tunic

16 December 2021. 17:30

Els Lagrou (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Amerindian Abstract Chimeras: Relational Aesthetics in a Transformational Universe


Sanja Savkić Šebek (

Bat-ami Artzi (

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Seminar ‘Always watching for distant sails’? New England Women and the Sea, 1790-1890

Subject Fields: American History / Studies, Maritime History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Women’s & Gender History / Studies

Date and Time: 18 May 2021 | 5.15pm – 6.30pm– UK

In 1896, American author Sarah Orne Jewett observed that, in a small village on the Maine coast, the men and women alike had ‘a far-off look that sought the horizon…always watching for distant sails.’ As Jewett made clear, boys and girls learnt their ‘far-off look’ from different vantage points: boys from the decks of ships, girls from the rocky shores. Everyone knew that only men went to sea.

Seafaring has indeed been one of the most sex-segregated of all types of work for centuries, and maritime history has most often followed men to sea. But, to fully understand maritime worlds of the past, we must look beyond just what happened on boats and ships. Sailors and fishermen who plied the oceans depended on women performing overlooked yet essential labour, both unpaid and paid, on land. In this free online talk, Dr Lisa Norling will explore the history of New England shipping, fishing and whaling from the vantage point of women ashore, from Maine and Massachusetts to coasts frequented by American ships on the other side of the world.

How were New England families, communities and local economies held together by women during the 1800s? Why is it so important to study their lives? Was the gendered divide between land and sea as clear-cut as popular culture, literary canon and much historical writing has suggested?

This event is free and open to everyone, and will take place via Zoom. You can join the event via our webpage.

There is no need to book; please click on the button below shortly before 5.15pm on the day.

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Contact Info: Lucy Dale

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CFP: 2021-22 Seminars at the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society  (MHS) is accepting proposals for the 2021-2022 academic year. We invite proposals (500 words) and CVs from interested researchers. 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. Papers must be works in progress of article or chapter lengtth (20-40 pages) and must be made available three weeks prior to the seminar date. Sessions may take place virtually, in person, or in a hybrid format as conditions allow.Please submit your proposals by 9 April 2021 to The steering committees will consider all proposals for the available session slots, and proposers will be notified by early summer. 

The MHS organizes seven seminar series that operate from September to May. These sessions bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. After brief remarks from the author and an assigned commentator, the discussion is opened to the floor. All are encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback on the circulated essay, and discuss the topic at hand. Our sessions are free and open to everyone.The following seminar series are accepting proposals:

The Shapiro Digital History Seminar introduces audiences to the inner workings of in-progress projects that depend on digital methods, such as the translation of analog primary sources to a digital format, the use of computational tools for research and analysis of historical data, and the creation of “publications” in any form of digital media to communicate with audiences. The series emphasizes engagement with archival source materials, and presentations include works intended for academic scholarship and/or for public history. 

The Environmental History Seminar invites proposals on any aspect of American environmental history. In the past, contributions have addressed: land and water use, fisheries, climate and weather, transportation policy, public health, epistemology, vegetation change, and natural disasters. Papers comparing the American experience with developments elsewhere in the world are also welcome.

The Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar  invites papers focusing on any aspect of American history and culture from the era of first contact through the 1820s. Papers comparing the American experience with developments elsewhere in the world are welcome, as are cross-disciplinary studies.

The History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Seminar invites proposals addressing all aspects of the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the United States. Cross-disciplinary projects and projects comparing the American experience with that in other parts of the world are also welcomed. 

The African American History Seminar invites proposals focusing on any aspect of African American history and culture from the era of first contact through the present day. Papers comparing the American experience with developments elsewhere in the world are welcome, as are cross-disciplinary studies.

The The Dina G. Malgeri Modern American Society and Culture Seminar invites proposals focusing on any aspect of American history from the 1870s 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. 

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