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 (oieahc@wm.edu) to share any additional event news.

Colloquium: 200th Anniversary of the Harvard Map Collection Interdisciplinary Symposium
October 25, 2018 - October 26, 2018
Cambridge, MA

"Follo the Map: Reflecting on 200 Years of the Harvard Map Collection" On 25 and 26 October, the Harvard Map Collection will host a one and a half day symposium reflecting on the past and future of cartographic collections. We hope everyone from map-lovers to newcomers interested in how maps might help their research and teaching will come away inspired to use maps and geospatial data in their lives and work!
Colloquium: The Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History
October 26, 2018 -
Chicago, IL

The Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History gathers to discuss the comparative legal history of the Atlantic world in the period c. 1492 to 1815. The one-day symposium brings together law professors, historians, and social scientists to explore a particular topic in comparative legal history, broadly understood. We traditionally meet at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The symposium is overseen by Professor Richard Ross. Funding has been provided by the University of Illinois College of Law.
Conference: The Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History
October 26, 2018 -
Chicago, IL

“Arguing for the Rule of Law: Using the Hebrew Bible and Caricatures of Foreigners in British and Spanish America.” The conference will bring together historians, law professors, and social scientists to think about the complex debates about the rule of law in the English and Iberian Atlantic.
Seminar: The McNeil Center Friday Seminars
October 26, 2018 -
Philadelphia, PA

"Precarity in a Colonial Context: Reading Elites' Nervousness in the Historical and Archaeological Record": Megan Bailey, University of Maryland, College Park and 2016-2017 Consortium and Friends of MCEAS Fellow. Seminars convene at 3:00 PM (exceptions are noted on the schedule), and a social hour follows at 5:00 PM. Requests to receive access to seminar papers on-line should be sent to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu.
Seminar: Fall Weekend Seminar
November 1, 2018 - November 3, 2018
Washington, DC,

"Digging the Past: Writing and Agriculture in the Seventeenth Century." This seminar will focus on English texts that promoted new crops and agricultural methods in the hopes of creating a more varied, reliable, and abundant food supply—and attracting investment in colonial ventures.
Seminar: Annual Meeting of The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America Annual Meeting of the Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America
November 1, 2018 - November 3, 2018
Heber City, UT

"New Colonialisms in Latin America." The series showcases new scholarship on Spanish and Portuguese colonial history, from innovative approaches to transregional and transcontinental comparisons to original empirical studies of local history.
Seminar: Boston Area Seminar on American History
November 6, 2018 -
Boston, MA

"'A Rotten-Hearted Fellow': The Rise of Alexander McDougall" presented by Christopher Minty of the Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, with comment from Brendan McConville of Boston University.
Conference: Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and The University of Delaware
November 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

"Coming to Terms? Confronting War and Peace through the Visual and Material in the Atlantic World, 1651-1865." This conference will explore the processes that exist between treaty-making and memory-making, the meanings of war, and the promises of peace.
Conference: McNeil Center Conferences
November 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

"Coming to Terms? Confronting War and Peace through the Visual and Material in the Atlantic World, 1651-1865": How does war end and who ends it? Over three days, this conference will bring together an international group of scholars to share new research that investigates these historical processes, privileging the visual and material to find new answers. Taking the broad canvas of the Atlantic World between 1651 and 1865, this conference will explore the processes that exist between treaty-making and memory-making, interrogating the messy, uncoordinated ways in which individuals, communities, nations, and empires come to terms with the meanings of war and the promises of peace.
Conference: ASLH 48th Annual Meeting
November 8, 2018 - November 11, 2018
Houston, TX

"Houston: Gateway to las Américas" - In 2018, the Society returns for the first time since 1995 to Houston, the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the United States. A principal purpose of the meeting will be to advance ASLH's further internationalization by providing a first-class opening for the discussion of legal history scholarship concerning Mexico and Latin America generally.
Seminar: The McNeil Center Friday Seminars
November 16, 2018 -
Philadelphia, PA

"The Sketch Book's Theory of Reading": Samantha Sommers, The Ohio State University and 2017-2018 Friends of MCEAS Fellow. Seminars convene at 3:00 PM (exceptions are noted on the schedule), and a social hour follows at 5:00 PM. Requests to receive access to seminar papers on-line should be sent to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu.
Seminar: Boston Area Seminar on Early American History
December 4, 2018 -
Boston, MA

"'Attend to the Opium': Boston's Trade with China in the Early 19th Century" presented by Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross, with comment from Dael Norwood, University of Delaware.
Seminar: The McNeil Center Friday Seminars
December 7, 2018 -
Philadelphia, PA

"Oil, Elephant Bones, and Mapping America’s Earliest Copyright Claim": Nora Slonimsky, Iona College and Institute for Thomas Paine Studies and 2016-2017 Andrew W. Mellon Early American Literature and Material Texts Dissertation Fellow. Seminars convene at 3:00 PM (exceptions are noted on the schedule), and a social hour follows at 5:00 PM. Requests to receive access to seminar papers on-line should be sent to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu.
Conference: 7th Biennial Conference of the European Early American Studies Association
December 14, 2018 - December 16, 2018
London, England

"The Making and Unmaking of Identities and Connections in Early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850" - hosted jointly by Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London. The conference will feature over eighty speakers
Conference: Biannual Meeting of the European Early American Studies Association
December 14, 2018 - December 16, 2018
London, England

The 7th biannual meeting of the European Early American Studies Association convenes in London 14-16 December 2018 at King's College London and Queen Mary University of London. The conference theme for EEASA 2018 is "The making and unmaking of identities and connections in early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850."
Conference: American Historical Association Annual Meeting 2019
January 3, 2019 - January 6, 2019
Chicago, IL

Meeting details TBA.
Conference: CLAH 2019 Annual Meeting
January 3, 2019 - January 6, 2019
Chicago, IL

The Conference welcomes as members all persons interested in the study of the history of Latin America and related areas. It is open to professional Latin Americanists as well as others personally interested in the region.
Conference: ASCH Winter Meeting 2019
January 3, 2019 - January 6, 2019
Chicago, IL

“Race and the Other: Whose Church, Which Histories?” When the term “church history” is used in the North American context, whose church(es) do we mean? Has “church history” – both as a demarcator of a discipline and as a range of discursive parameters – served to signify inclusion of certain groups, while ignoring, occluding, or excluding others, however unintentionally?
Seminar: Boston Area Seminar on Early American History
January 8, 2019 -
Boston, MA

"The Consecration of Samuel Seabury and the Crisis of Atlantic Episcopacy, 1782-1807" presented by Brent Sirota, North Carolina State University, with comment from Chris Beneke, Bentley University.
Seminar: Boston Area Seminar on Early American History
February 5, 2019 -
Boston, MA

"Making Money in the Massachusetts Bay Colony: the Boston Mint, 1652-1686" presented by Mara Caden, MHS-NEH Fellow, with comment from Penelope Ismay, Boston College.
Conference: WSECS Annual Conference
February 15, 2019 - February 16, 2019
Tempe, AZ

The conference will be centered around the theme, “The Global Eighteenth Century” and will feature a plenary panel to debate the question, “What Is a ‘Global Eighteenth Century’?”
Conference: The Annual Conference of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850
February 28, 2019 - March 2, 2019
Atlanta, GA

"Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850." This interdisciplinary conference encourages scholars to present work on any topic related to the period 1750-1850 in any geographical location.
Seminar: Boston Area Seminar on Early American History
March 5, 2019 -
Boston, MA

"Parson Weems: Maker and Remaker" presented by Steven C. Bullock, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with comment from Elizabeth Maddock-Dillon, Northeastern University.
Conference: ASECS 50th Anniversary Meeting
March 21, 2019 - March 23, 2019
Denver, CO

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. ASECS is a pioneer in interdisciplinary investigation, and it therefore welcomes as members those working in all areas of scholarly inquiry pertinent to eighteenth-century studies.
Conference: The 24th Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference
March 22, 2019 - March 23, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world. Panels will include three or four paper presentations, running between fifteen and twenty minutes each, with comment and questions to follow.
Conference: McNeil Center Conferences
March 28, 2019 - March 29, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

"Entangled Histories: Making a Republic Imperial" Conference. Details TBA.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.