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: McNeil Center Conferences
March 28, 2019 - March 29, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

"Entangled Histories: Making a Republic Imperial" Conference. Details TBA.
Conference: Naval Dockyards Society 2019 Conference
March 30, 2019 -
Greenwich, England

"'We stand on guard for thee': Dockyards and Naval Bases in North America, the Atlantic and the Caribbean." This one-day conference will examine the role of naval bases in North America, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. Were bases built to defend colonies, to control colonies, or to act as springboards for attacking the enemy? How useful were bases in the 17th–20th centuries? Some bases expanded in the world wars. How much was this for local defence and how much to defend convoys?
Seminar: Boston Area Seminar on Early American History
April 2, 2019 -
Boston, MA

"Naming Plantations in the 17th-Century English Atlantic" presented by Paul Musselwhite, Dartmouth College, with comment from Cynthia Van Zandt, University of New Hampshire.
Conference: OAH 2019 Annual Meeting
April 4, 2019 - April 7, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

The program committee encourages proposals focusing on research, teaching, and public education that address the conference theme: "The Work of Freedom."
Conference: Borders and Borderlands International Conference
April 6, 2019 -
London, England

The conference will seek to identify and analyse the processes of border-making and border permeability in contemporary societies through aesthetic forms. We seek to explore the historical origins of borders, their role in today’s global environment and define the notion of borders, which includes not only territorial, geographical, and political borders, but also cultural and metaphorical borders, imagined spaces where interests and ideologies overlap and compete.
Conference: Fifteenth Annual Yale American Art History Graduate Student Symposium
April 6, 2019 -
New Haven, CT

"Encounters, Entanglements, and Exchanges in the Art of the Americas": The Fifteenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Student Symposium will interrogate the dialectical relationship between encounter and exchange and explore the legacies of cultural intersection in the art of the Americas.
Colloquium: Omohundro Institute Colloquium
April 16, 2019 -
Williamsburg, VA

"The Casket Girls of French Louisiana: Youth Migration in Vast Early America" by Julia Gossard, Utah State University.
Conference: SAH 2019 Annual International Conference
April 24, 2019 - April 28, 2019
Providence, RI

Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment and explore the architecture and landscape of Providence and nearby areas.
Conference: 18th Century Portraiture and Biography Conference
May 3, 2019 -
London, England

"(Un)Like. Intermedia Portraying Practices, c. 1700 to the Present." This one-day workshop seeks to address the different layers of likeness – resemblance, multimediality, appreciation – in portraits and life-writing in Europe since the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Conference: 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History
May 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019
Columbus, OH

For the 2019 meeting, the program will focus on all aspects of military history, especially those that reflect this year’s theme, "Soldiers and Civilians in the Cauldron of War." Panels will examine the experience of war for combatants and civilians in comparative perspective, from any period and region.
Conference: CFH 2019 Mexico Conference
May 28, 2019 - June 3, 2019
Mexico City, Mexico

"From 1519 to 2019: Indigenous Christianity in Mexico 500 Years after Cortés" - Follow the route of Hernando Cortés’s 1519 approach to the Mexica (Aztec) capital, visiting sites significant to the emergence of indigenous Christianity guided by specialists in colonial Mexican history.
Conference: Fifth Annual Midwestern History Conference
May 30, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Grand Rapids, MI

"Finding the Lost Region V": this conference continues a discussion which has grown significantly over the last four years, at collaborative conferences designed to spark – and sustain – a revival of Midwestern studies in American historiography.
Conference: CHA 2019 Annual Meeting
June 3, 2019 - June 5, 2019
Vancouver, Canada

This year's conference theme is "Conversations Across Time, Place, and Culture" to encourage scholars whose work engages all manner of topics, themes, periods, locations, and methodologies to think critically about the importance of “conversations” in the creation and dissemination of historical knowledge.
Seminar: Boston Area Seminar on Early American History
June 7, 2019 -
Boston, MA

"Panel: After the Fighting: The Struggle for Revolutionary Settlement" with panelists Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire; Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College; Stephen Marini, Wellesley College; Brendan McConville, Boston University.
Conference: Scientiae 8th Annual Conference
June 12, 2019 - June 15, 2019
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Scientiae is the interdisciplinary conference on intellectual culture, 1400-1800. It is centred on, but not limited to, developments in the early-modern natural sciences. Philosophers, historians, literary scholars and others are invited to share their perspectives on this vital period.
Conference: The 45th Annual Congress of the French Colonial Historical Society
June 13, 2019 - June 15, 2019
Montreal, Canada

This year’s conference theme is "Order and Disorder in the French Colonial Empire", which invites participants to consider principles, institutions, and strategies that ensured the establishment and maintenance of colonial order but also contestations and resistances which sometimes led to its collapse.
Conference: OIEAHC 25th Annual Conference
June 13, 2019 - June 16, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA

This conference will consider the relationship between the local and the global in shaping a vast early American history. Inspired by the role that local conflicts in the Pittsburgh area played in triggering the global Seven Years’ War, panels and presentations will consider the relevance of the global turn in early American history and that engage critically with geographically-bounded frames of reference (be they regional, continental, hemispheric, oceanic, or global).
Conference: Lethbridge Border Studies 2019 Conference
June 14, 2019 - June 15, 2019
Lethbridge, Canada

"The Line Crossed Us: New Directions in Critical Border Studies." The conference brings Indigenous and migration politics into conversation while also historicizing contemporary border issues and “crises.”
Conference: Ecotones 5 Caribbean Conference
June 21, 2019 - June 22, 2019
Purchase, NY

The Ecotones 5 conference will include an interdisciplinary study of the wider Caribbean as a space of cultural, historical, geographic, and linguistic diversity, a meeting place of peoples from different corners of the world. Central to this study is the idea that the Caribbean is a dynamic and heterogeneous space that has clearly been shaped by the persistence of colonialism.
Conference: Global Maritime History Conference
June 24, 2019 - June 26, 2019
Glasgow, Scotland

"The Problem of Piracy: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Plunder by Sea across the World from the Ancient to the Modern." This three-day conference seeks to address these and other “problems” of piracy by bringing together a wide range of postgraduate, early career, and senior researchers who study any aspect of piracy and maritime predation across various chronological, geographical, and disciplinary barriers. Doing so will offer the opportunity to compare and contrast different episodes, interpretations, and perceptions of piracy and maritime predation from the ancient to the modern period.
Conference: The 2019 British Legal History Conference
July 10, 2019 - July 13, 2019
St Andrews, Scotland

The aim of this conference is to examine differences and similarities across a broad time-period to produce better approaches to the subject of legal history, combining depth of analysis with historical contextualization. Rather than comparing individual rules or searching for universal systems, the theme will take an intermediate approach the topic of comparative law, investigating patterns in legal norms, processes, and practice.
Conference: 15th International Congress on the Enlightenment
July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland

The question of ‘identity’ was much disputed in the eighteenth century, in ways ranging from the local, regional, colonial, national, federal, imperial, to the global. Identities are complex. The idea of Enlightenment was itself much debated. Given these interlocking complexities, ‘Enlightenment Identities’ constitutes an important theme for an international gathering in the Enlightenment city of Edinburgh, whose eighteenth-century denizens, like Adam Smith, were at once Scottish, British, and ‘citizens of the world’.
Conference: 41st Annual Meeting of SHEAR
July 18, 2019 - July 21, 2019
Cambridge, MA

The program will include sessions and papers exploring all aspects of and approaches to the history and culture of the early American republic, c. 1776-1861.
Conference: 2019 Atlantic Middle States Association Conference
August 9, 2019 - August 11, 2019
Newark, DE

The Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution cordially invites you to attend the Atlantic Middle States Association Conference at the Hilton Christiana in Newark, Delaware. Conference includes a tour of the historic Brandywine Battlefield.
Conference: Rethinking Objects 2019 Conference
September 12, 2019 - September 13, 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

"Rethinking Objects: New Directions for Pre-modern Materiality Studies." Rethinking Objects seeks to inquire as to where the field of pre-modern material culture studies now stands, and what we can do to critically progress it. The focus of the conference will be on postgraduate and early career research that offers novel, interdisciplinary, and original approaches to pre-modern objects.
Conference: The Sixteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution
September 20, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Ticonderoga, NY

Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Sixteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution on September 20-22, 2019, in the Mars Education Center. This seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence.
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: 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.