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: Chesapeake Studies: Change and Continuity in America's Estuary
June 10, 2020 - June 12, 2020
Salisbury, MD

In its second year, the Chesapeake Studies conference will be an interdisciplinary, scholarly exploration of the Chesapeake and Delmarva region. Sponsored by Salisbury University, the conference will bring together scholars, researchers, students, and interested non-academics from diverse disciplinary perspectives, including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This continuing series of conferences intends to promote the scholarly study of the region.
Conference: Annual Meeting
July 16, 2020 - July 19, 2020
Philadelphia, PA US

The 42nd annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic will convene July 16 – 19, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The program committee invites proposals for sessions and papers exploring all aspects of and approaches to the history and culture of the early American republic, c. 1776-1861.
Conference: In Service to the New Nation: The Life and Legacy of John Jay
September 24, 2020 - September 25, 2020
New York, NY

The John Jay Papers Project seeks paper proposals for a conference entitled “In Service to the New Nation: The Life and Legacy of John Jay,” to be held on September 24-25, 2020, at Columbia University. Dr. Joanne Freeman, Professor of American History at Yale University, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. The conference coincides with a major exhibition of Jay documents and artifacts at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) and with the completion of The Selected Papers of John Jay, a documentary edition of Jay’s writings that appears as a seven-volume series published in print and digital formats.
Conference: Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution
September 25, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Ticonderoga, NY US

Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Seventeenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution September 25-27, 2020, in the Mars Education Center. This seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence. Over 120 participants—people with a deep interest in the American Revolution—join us each year for this weekend seminar. Leading authorities and new scholars on the period share their latest research in a series of presentations. The seminar provides participants with an opportunity to listen to and interact with the presenters in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Participation is limited and is by pre-registration only.
Conference: Foundations of Independence: Protest and Communication in Revolutionary America, 1770 to 2020
September 25, 2020 - September 26, 2020

The Fourth International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College seeks to engage with narratives of protest and communication around the founding era, from this moment of “foundation” to the present day. Building on previous interdisciplinary conversations at the ITPS and in early American studies involving digital humanities, public history, publishing networks, civic engagement, and commemoration in the Age of Revolutions, the organizers welcome presentations on a variety of subjects that range from a specific focus on the conference theme to a more general connection. These can take the form of individual papers, posters or non-traditional presentations (including film or other creative works), and pre-formed panels and roundtables. Our goal for this program is to include traditional historical topics alongside those focused on public history and museum studies, pedagogy, digital research, archive management, and information sciences. Discussions of the relationship between media, power, and protest and race, gender, class, and Indigeneity are particularly encouraged, as are papers that focus on New York state history and Thomas Paine Studies.
Conference: Empire, Sovereignty, and Labor in the Age of Global Abolition
October 15, 2020 - October 16, 2020
Philadelphia, PA

This international workshop brings together scholars in consideration of the entangled and global histories of empire and labor in the age of slavery’s abolition. Global abolition processes that gained prominence in the wake of the Haitian Revolution, the end of the British slave trade, and the rise of the Spanish American anti-slavery republics were accompanied by the emergence of new forms of dependency and unfree labor. We seek to better understand the significance of these transformations through a focus that moves beyond a study of nation-states and toward a focus upon the global circulation of ideas and people.
Conference: Colonisations, revolutions, and reinventions in early America and the Atlantic World 1600-1848
December 9, 2020 - December 12, 2020
Poitiers, France

The 8th Biannual conference of the European Early American Studies Association will be organised at the University of Poitiers, France, December 9-12, 2020. The conference will focus on the related themes of “Colonisations, revolutions, and reinventions in early America and the Atlantic World 1600-1848.”