The Map

Welcome to The Map, the OI’s collection of upcoming events for Early Americanists. Click on any pin to get more information about events being held at that location or use the list below to see what is happening in your neighborhood and around the world. This page lists events in order of start date. Simply click the button to the right to see the full list. (Surfing the map will in no way affect the order of the list by the way, so play with it as much as you like.) Click on the button just below The Map to see the map with a list of the same events ordered by event type (conference, seminar or lecture). Our Regional Editors are doing a terrific job of keeping this page updated, but contact Martha Howard ( to share any additional event news.

Conference: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory
September 25, 2019 - September 29, 2019
University Park, PA

“Exploring Colonial Roots/ Routes in North America and Latin America”: Two Panels Jointly Sponsored by the Hispanic American Historical Review and William and Mary Quarterly for the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory.
Conference: 22nd International James Fenimore Cooper/Susuan Fenimore Cooper Conference
September 25, 2019 - September 28, 2019
Oneonta, NY

The 2019 conference will examine Cooper within the tension between native purity and immigrant amalgamation. Sandra M. Gustafson argues that Cooper’s works embody a “republican cosmopolitanism,” with their representations of multi-ethnic communities and his “ideal of multiracial deliberation” in the Leatherstocking novels. The conference will feature presentations that address the role of Cooper and his contemporaries in forging an American identity out of the cultural mixture of overlapping empires and immigration.
Conference: 42nd Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute
October 5, 2019 -
Poughkeepsie, NY

The program will feature presentations focusing on any aspect of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony, including projects in other media such as films, online exhibits, and other digital projects. Presentations that highlight the legacy of New Netherland will also be featured.
Conference: Lapidus Center 2nd Biennial Conference The Lapidus Center
October 10, 2019 - October 12, 2019
New York City, NY

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announces its second biennial conference, “Enduring Slavery: Resistance, Public Memory, and Transatlantic Archives.” The conference will be held at the Schomburg Center in New York City on October 10-12, 2019.
Conference: American Philosophical Society Conference
October 10, 2019 - October 12, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

"The Power of Maps and the Politics of Borders" - an international and interdisciplinary conference investigating the power of maps and the politics of drawing borders. This three-day conference will be held in conjunction with the APS Museum’s exhibit, Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic, which traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-eighteenth century through the early republic to show the different ways in which maps produced and extended the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities.
Colloquium: Early American Music and the Construction of Race Workshop
October 11, 2019 - October 12, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

"Early American Music and the Construction of Race: An Interdisciplinary Workshop" - this workshop seeks to provide a space for the cultivation of new areas of inquiry into the intersection of race, music, and American cultural history. While the interrelated relationship between race, modernity, and American music is of enduring interest to scholars–especially those focused on the twentieth century to today–this workshop is dedicated to tracing these long-term themes in the earlier period from colonial encounter to the Civil War.
Conference: The Pennsylvania Historical Association 88th Annual Meeting
October 17, 2019 - October 19, 2019
Indiana, PA

The conference theme will be “Constructing Citizenship and Community,” but the program will feature presentations on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history.
Conference: McNeil Center Conferences
October 17, 2019 - October 19, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

"Investigating Mid-Atlantic Plantations: Slavery, Economies, and Space": Stenton Museum, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Cliveden of the National Trust, and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania invite your participation in a two-and-a half-day conference exploring the creation and development of plantations in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mid-Atlantic region. This conference seeks to understand the unique qualities of plantation complexes in the middle colonies (states) while also comparing these regional phenomena with better-known Southern institutions and situating them within the larger contexts of British North America and the United States.
Seminar: 9th Annual Material Matters: It’s in the Details Seminar
October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019
Ticonderoga, NY

Fort Ticonderoga invites you to join them for this weekend focused on the material culture of the 18th and early 19th centuries. The informal setting promotes interaction between presenters and attendees throughout the weekend. Presenters are experts in their fields. Box lunches Saturday and Sunday are included in the registration fee.
Conference: Before Canada Conference
October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019
Montreal, Canada

"Before Canada: Northern North America in a Connected World, ca. 1000-1800AD": This conference will look at the long-distance movement of people, goods and ideas that put Canada in touch with global circuits before there was a Canada.
Conference: Grief 2019 Conference
November 28, 2019 - November 30, 2019
Leuven, Belgium

"Grief and the Arts in the West from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century." While tackling specific questions and cases, we seek to open up interdisciplinary and diachronic reflections and capture the dynamic history of grief in the arts. In particular, we aim to ask how cultural expressions represent grief and become sites of reflection on the very phenomenon of mourning, both in the social and cultural context of their creation and in later use; how artistic artefacts functioned and still function as integral parts of funerary rituals and individual processes of mourning; and how rituals and processes themselves engage in a delicate dance with cultural trends.