Graduate Student Forum

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    Presenters from the June 2022 Graduate Forum after the event.


    Colonial Society of Massachusetts

    Graduate Student Forum

    June 7, 2024

    The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Graduate Student Forum

    87 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

    June 7, 2024

    8:30-9:15            Breakfast

    9:30                  Welcome on behalf of CSM: President Robert Allison, Suffolk University

                 Welcome on behalf of the CSM Graduate Forum Committee: Ann M. Little, Colorado State University

    9:45-10:45          Indigeneity & Identity in Acadia over the Longue Durée

    Kevin March, Boston College: “The Mawooshen Ideal: Trade, Warfare, and Confederation in the Dawnland, 1570-1620”

    Conor William Howard, Indiana University: “Imagining a ‘Settler Indigeneity’ in Memories of Colonial Era Violence in the Early Republic”

    Moderator: Christopher Parsons, Northeastern University

    11:00-12:00         The Business of Colonialism

    Molly Leech, University of Pennsylvania: “Unmaking Possession: Imperial Prospections and Indigenous Refusals in the Delaware River Valley, 1624–1655”

    Boone Jackson Ayala, University of Chicago: “‘No Other Than a Corporation’: Imperial Politics and the End of the Massachusetts Bay Company, 1676-1684”

                  Moderator: Alice Nash, University of Massachusetts

    12:00-1:15           Lunch

    1:15-2:30             Labor, Leisure, and Sociability

    Meg Roberts, University of Cambridge, “‘To Attend The Sick': Women's Nursing Labor in the American Revolutionary War”

    John Patrick M. Fetherston, University of Maryland, “Disorderly Presence: Black Sociability in Public Spaces of Eighteenth-Century British North America”

    Moderator: Marla Miller, University of Massachusetts

    3:00-4:00            Reflection and Comment

    Joyce Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University

    Moderator: Susan Lively, Harvard University

    4:00                     Reception

    Since our first Graduate Forum in 1999, more than 150 graduate students have participated in this annual event.  Here are some comments from previous participants: “A wonderful new venue for young historians of early America; may it long continue.” (John Demos). “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). “. . . 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” (SUNY Stony Brook).


    Programs for Graduate Student Forums from 2009 through 2023 may be downloaded at the links below.