24th Annual OI Conference

Williamsburg, Virginia: June 14–17, 2018

The 24th Annual Institute Conference convened 14–17 June 2018 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The conference celebrates the Omohundro Institute’s 75th anniversary and will assess the past, present, and potential futures for the practices of early American History.

Chaired by Alan Taylor (University of Virginia), the program committee also includes Christian Ayne Crouch (Bard College), Philip Gould (Brown University), Eric Hinderaker (University of Utah), Simon P. Newman (University of Glasgow), and Carla Gardina Pestana (University of California, Los Angeles).

In the call for papers, the committee welcomed proposals considering all aspects of early American history, which they imagined to include the adjoining oceans and seas and both continents of the Americas and all of the peoples who lived on or traveled across those waters and territories. Given the OI’s Lapidus Initiative, the committee also welcomed proposals that highlight digital tools, methods, and scholarly projects. They also sought to diversify participation in every possible way to encourage wide-ranging conversations about approaches, methods, theories, and topics.

Getting to and around Williamsburg

Located approximately forty-five minutes’ drive from Richmond and Norfolk airports (RIC and ORD respectively) Williamsburg is also easily accessible via the Newport News airport (PHF). Amtrak trains also stop in town. Each airport has a shuttle service to Williamsburg: check the airport websites for more information.

Meeting space

The conference will take place on the main campus of William & Mary in the Sadler Center. Additional events will take place at the Kimball Theatre in downtown Williamsburg, the Sunken Garden and the Wren Courtyard in the heart of the old campus, and on Jamestown Island. Book exhibits and posters will be located in the Sadler Center and open throughout the conference. A series of themed meet-ups will take place in area pubs on Thursday night.

Coffee and tea will be available Friday thru Sunday and receptions with heavy hors d’oeuvres will follow the afternoon plenary sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Program and App

All conference attendees will receive an abbreviated printed program for quick reference when they pick up their registration packets. A PDF of the information on these pages, including panel and paper titles and participants, is available for download here.

You will also be able to access the detailed conference program via our free app. Look for details in early May on this website.

Also, check back in May for our restaurant guide to Williamsburg.


An all-inclusive fee of $100 will be charged to all tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members. Non-tenured or tenure-eligible faculty (for example, adjunct or part-time instructors), emeriti faculty, and independent scholars are asked to pay $40 each. Students are asked to pay $35 each.