Graduate Student Forum - Call for Papers

    This call for papers is now CLOSED.


    Colonial Society of Massachusetts, May 2023

    Graduate Student Forum

    Graduate students preparing original research on any area of early American history (up to 1815) at both the MA and PhD levels are invited to submit proposals for the Colonial Society of Massachusetts’s annual Graduate Student Forum. You will discuss your work with between six and ten peers from other universities and with the Colonial Society’s members at our Beacon Hill townhouse (87 Mount Vernon Street). Presenters invited to Boston will have all travel expenses reimbursed and will be provided accommodations in Boston.

    The Forum will begin on Thursday afternoon, May 25, with a tour of the townhouse, a reception, and dinner. We will meet all day long on Friday, May 26, to share and discuss graduate student proposals. The event will conclude on Friday afternoon with remarks on the presentations from our honored guest speaker, Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. Presenters should plan to present a major finding from their research anchored in the relevant historiography.

    How to Submit Your Proposal: Your proposal, not to exceed four double-spaced pages, should describe the larger historiographical intervention you seek to make with your research as well as the specific finding, question, and/or sources you hope to share during the Forum. 

    Though we may give preference to New England topics, we are very open to hearing from researchers whose work extends throughout early North America. The committee is especially eager to hear from researchers—historians as well as scholars from allied disciplines—whose work sheds new light on the diverse peoples of early New England, and/or work that puts early New England history in conversation with that of other places and peoples.

    To apply, please submit your CV and proposal together as a single pdf: the filename should be Lastname.CSM2023. Please use the subject line: "CSM Grad Forum application." Applications are due to Ann Little ([email protected]) by noon Eastern time on Friday, March 3, 2023.

    Contact Info:
    Ann M. Little
    Department of History
    Colorado State University 
    [email protected]