Past Conferences


24th Annual OI Conference

June 14–17, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia
In honor of our 75th anniversary, the Twenty-Fourth Annual Omohundro Institute Conference will convene at our home base in Williamsburg, Virginia, on the campus of the William & Mary.

Trans-American Crossings: Enslaved Migrations within the Americas and Their Impacts on Slave Cultures and Societies

June 1–3, 2018
The John Carter Brown Library


23rd Annual Institute Conference

June 15–17, 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Chaired by David Hancock (University of Michigan) and co-chaired by Patrick Griffin (University of Notre Dame), Margaret Newell (The Ohio State University), and Joseph Rezek (Boston University)


Region and Nation in American Histories of Race and Slavery

October 6–9, 2016
Mount Vernon, Virginia

22nd Annual Institute Conference

June 23–26, 2016
Worcester, Massachusetts
Steven Bullock, Paul Erickson and Willem Klooster


Emerging Histories of the Early Modern French Atlantic

October 16–18, 2015
Williamsburg, Virginia

OIEAHC–SEA Conference

June 18–21, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
Kristina Bross and Eric Slauter


20th Annual Institute Conference

June 12–14, 2014
Dalhousie University and at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Justin Roberts and Elizabeth Mancke, Program Chairs


The Québec Act of 1774: Transnational Contexts, Meanings, and Legacies

October 4–5, 2013
Montréal, Québec
François Furstenberg and Ollivier Hubert, Program Chairs

19th Annual Institute Conference

June 13–15, 2013
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
Philip D. Morgan, Program Chair

Africans in the Americas: Making Lives in a New World, 1675–1825

March 14–16, 2013
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
Laurent Dubois, Program Chair


18th Annual Institute Conference

June 14–17, 2012
Huntington Library in San Marino, California
Peter C. Mancall and Carole Shammas, Program Chairs

The “Political Arithmetick” of Empires in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1500–1807

March 16–18, 2012
University of Maryland, College Park
Holly Brewer and Peter Thompson, Program Chairs


17th Annual Institute Conference

June 17–19, 2011
State University of New York, New Paltz
Christopher L. Brown and L. H. Roper, Program Chairs

Warring for America, 1803–1818

March 31 – April 1, 2011
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Fredrika J. Teute, Nicole Eustace, Rob Parkinson, and Carolyn Brown, Program Chairs

Centering Families in Atlantic Worlds, 1500–1800

February 28– March 1, 2011
University of Texas at Austin
Julie Hardwick, Sarah Pearsall, and Karin Wulf, Program Chairs


“The Age of Sail, 1450–1850”

October 7–10, 2010
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Daniel Vickers, Program Chair

16th Annual Institute Conference

June 11–13, 2010
University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
Sheila Skemp, Program Chair


The Early Chesapeake: Reflections and Projections

November 19–21, 2009
Solomons St. Mary’s City, Maryland
John C. Coombs and Lorena Walsh, Program Chairs

Contest for Continents: The Seven Years’ War in Global Perspective

October 22–25, 2009
Niagara University and Brock University
Thomas A. Chambers and David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Program Chairs

Africa, Europe, and the Americas, 1500–1700: A Two-Week Workshop

July 12–26, 2009
Accra, Ghana

15th Annual Institute Conference

June 11–14, 2009
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Eric Hinderaker, Brett Rushforth, and Dee E. Andrews, Program Chairs

Permanence and the Built Environment of the Pacific Basin, 1700–1820

April 17–18, 2009
University of Southern California
Carole Shammas, University of Southern California, Program Chair


The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

October 15, 2008 –
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Hennage Auditorium, Colonial Williamsburg
Annette Gordon-Reed, Program Chair

Permanence and the Built Environment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

October 3–4, 2008
Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Carole Shammas, University of Southern California, Program Chair

Antipopery: The Transatlantic Experience, c. 1530–1850

September 18–20, 2008
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

14th Annual Institute Conference

June 6–8, 2008
Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts
Robert J. Allison and Susan E. Klepp, Program Chairs

Religion and Violence in Early America

April 10–13, 2008
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Co-Sponsored by Yale University and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture


“‘The bloody Writing is for ever torn’: Domestic and International Consequences of the First Governmental Efforts to Abolish the Atlantic Slave Trade”

August 8–12, 2007
Accra and Elmina Beach Resort, Ghana
Hosted by The Historical Society of Ghana and the University of Cape Coast

13th Annual Institute Conference

June 7–10, 2007
William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Dennis Moore and Fredrika J. Teute


Warfare and Society in Colonial North America and the Caribbean

October 6–8, 2006
University of Tennessee Conference Center
Paul W. Mapp and Brett Rushforth, Program Chairs

12th Annual Institute Conference

June 8–11, 2006
Université Laval, in Old Quebec City
Allan Greer and Laurier Turgeon, Program Chairs


Ottoman and Atlantic Empires in the Early Modern World

October 19–21, 2005
Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Center, Istanbul, Turkey

11th Annual Institute Conference

June 24–26, 2005
University of California, Santa Barbara
Patricia Cline Cohen and Jack Rakove, Program Chairs


10th Annual Institute Conference

June 11–13, 2004
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
Cornelia H. Dayton, Neal Salisbury, and Kevin Sweeney, Program Chairs

Object Relations in Early North America

May 20, 2004
Huntington Library

The Atlantic World & Virginia, 1550–1624

March 4–7, 2004
Woodlands Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia


9th Annual Institute Conference

June 6–8, 2003
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Dennis Moore and Fredrika J. Teute, Program Chairs


8th Annual Institute Conference

June 14–16, 2002
University of Maryland, College Park
James Henretta and Ira Berlin, Program Chairs

Bacon to Bartram: Early American Inquiries into the Natural World

March 22–24, 2002
American Museum of Natural History
Joyce E. Chaplin, Laura N. Rigal, and Fredrika J. Teute, Program Chairs


7th Annual Institute Conference

July 10–15, 2001
University of Glasgow, Scotland
Simon Newman, Marina Moskowitz, and Betty Wood, Program Chairs

Sexuality in Early America

June 1–3, 2001
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sharon Block and Kathleen M. Brown, Program Chairs


6th Annual Institute Conference

June 9–11, 2000
University of Toronto and York University
Marc Egnal and Daniel H. Usner, Program Chairs


Microhistory: Advantages and Limitations for the Study of Early American History

October 15–17, 1999
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
Richard D. Brown, Program Chair

5th Annual Institute Conference

June 11–13, 1999
University of Texas, Austin, the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, and Trinity University, San Antonio
John J. McCusker, Michael G. Hall, and David J. Weber, Program Chairs


Transatlantic Slaving and the African Diaspora: Using the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Dataset of Slaving Voyages

September 11–13, 1998
Williamsburg, Virginia
Philip D. Morgan, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

4th Annual Institute Conference

June 5–7, 1998
Salisbury Laboratories, Worcester Polytechnic Institite, Worcester, Massachusetts
Richard D. Brown, Program Chair


3rd Annual Institute Conference

June 6–8, 1997
Fine Arts Center and Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Peter H. Wood, Program Chair


The Many Legalities of Early America

November 22–24, 1996
Williamsburg, Virginia
Christopher L. Tomlins

2nd Annual Institute Conference

May 31–June 2, 1996
University of Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
Gloria Main, Program Chair


The Economy of Early British America: The Domestic Sector

October 27–29, 1995
The Huntington Library
John J. McCusker

1st Annual Institute Conference

June 2–4, 1995
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Carol Karlsen, Program Chair


Crucibles of Cultures: North American Frontiers, 1750–1820

November 18–19, 1994
New Orleans, LA
Ron Hoffman, Fred Hoxie, and Fredrika Teute

Possible Pasts: Critical Encounters in Early America

June 3–5, 1994
University of Pennsylvania
Ron Hoffman and Robert St. George


Through a Glass Darkly: Defining Self in Early America (50th Anniversary Conference)

November 2–4, 1993
Williamsburg, VA
Ron Hoffman and Fredrika Teute