The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Graduate Student Forum in Early American History
Forum date: May 1, 2009
Location: 87 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Proposal deadline: January 31, 2009
The Colonial Society of Massachusetts invites graduate students preparing dissertations in early American history (up to 1815) to discuss their work with peers and with the Society’s distinguished membership of academics and other history professionals.
Each student will have an opportunity to present and receive comments during the course of the day (3 sessions; a 15-minute presentation per student), which will be capped by a keynote address by moderator Pauline Maier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
How to Submit Your Proposal: The proposal, not to exceed five double-spaced pages, should give a vivid sense of the dissertation project and highlight a particular dilemma—methodological, conceptual, source-based, etc.—encountered in the course of research or writing. We ask that you outline a problem so that the forum’s audience may be focused on providing constructive advice. Preference will be given to New England topics, but the committee will attempt to achieve a balance in subjects covered. The proposal should be submitted to: Committee Chair,
Robert J. Allison, History Department, Suffolk University, 41 Temple Street, Boston, MA 02114; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: 617-723-7255.
Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by the Colonial Society, which was founded in 1892 with the mission of advancing the study of early American history.
Rave Reviews from Previous Participants: Previous keynote speaker John Demos remarks, “A wonderful new venue for young historians of early America; may it long continue.” Students comment: “The warm, positive feedback and direction I received fired my enthusiasm for research. It was truly invaluable” (University of California, Davis). “Challenging, and energetic; I took away practical suggestions from both the CSM membership and other graduate student presenters” (Tufts University). “How can one improve on stimulating scholarly exchange combined with wonderful food” (University of Connecticut). “It was my first presentation, and I certainly appreciated the comfortable surroundings" (Princeton). “A platform to voice concerns, dilemmas, and even accomplishments to a distinguished audience” (Salem State University). “My participation in the forum was really the highlight of my graduate career to date” (Stony Brook University).
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