Call for Papers
British Group of Early American Historians Annual Conference
University of Kent at Canterbury, 9–11 September, 2011
‘The Growing Daughter’: Economies and Cultures in the Development of Early America, 1600 - 1820
Sponsored by the Centre for American Studies (University of Kent), the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Virginia), and the Paul Mellon Professorial Fund, the BGEAH annual conference seeks to provide a purposeful but friendly and relaxed venue for scholars working in the field of early American history and culture to present their research. This year’s conference will take place in Keynes College, at the University of Kent, in Canterbury.
The conference organisers welcome proposals for individual papers; for complete panels (of typically three speakers), or for roundtables and other emerging conference formats. The conference will feature at least one keynote address as well as its by-now-established “book club” slot.
The themes of this year’s conference— Economies and Cultures in the Development of Early America — will offer delegates the opportunity to think afresh about the development (broadly defined and interpreted) of the British American colonies. In particular, it is hoped that discussions will re-visit the economic history of the colonies and will test the possibilities of blending economic analysis with the study of political institutions and cultures in assisting or obstructing the development of Early America. Interested participants should also feel free to submit proposals in their own areas of interest.
Please submit proposals (one page for individuals, three pages for a panel or collective presentation) directly to conference coordinator Will Pettigrew by June 10, 2011. Proposals should include a very brief c.v., contact details, and indication of audiovisual needs. BGEAH papers are not, typically, precirculated. An individual paper should last 20–25 minutes; a panel or collective session should last an hour and thirty minutes.
The conference’s residential base will be at on campus at the University of Kent’s main, Canterbury site, just outside the beautiful medieval city of Canterbury. Please also contact Will Pettigrew with further enquiries concerning pricing, early registration, and the format of the conference.
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