Graduate Student Forum

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    Presenters from the June 2019 Graduate Forum after the event.
     

    Colonial Society of Massachusetts

    Graduate Student Forum

             June 2-3, 2022

     

    The annual Graduate Student Forum serves graduate students in History and allied disciplines whose work explores New England from the fifteenth century to 1815 in its own right or in the wider context of North America and the Atlantic World. The event aims to support emerging scholars as they build relationships across the historical profession and promotes the sharing of new research. In the Forum, M.A. and Ph.D. candidates report on their work in progress and receive supportive advice from the event's senior scholar facilitators, from CSM members, from area librarians and archivists, and from other graduate students in attendance.  

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    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. Assuming conditions permit it, the 2022 event will be held in person at our Beacon Hill townhouse (87 Mount Vernon Street), but if necessary the event may also be held remotely, or may involve both in-person and online sessions.  Policies concerning masks, tests, and vaccines will be determined by public health conditions in June, and conform to requirements by the city of Boston and guidance from public health professionals.  Presenters who travel to Boston will have all travel expenses reimbursed and will be provided accommodations in Boston.

     

    The Forum will begin on Thursday afternoon, June 2, and will conclude Friday afternoon, June 3, with remarks by moderator Jonathan M. Chu, Professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts at UMass Boston and the editor of the New England Quarterly. Presenters should plan to outline a major finding from their research anchored in the relevant historiography.

     

    How to Submit Your Proposal: Your proposal, not to exceed five 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, the committee will attempt to achieve a balance in subjects covered. 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.CSM2022. Please use the subject line: "CSM Grad Forum application." Applications are due by noon on March 11, 2022.

    Contact Info:
    Marla Miller
    History Department
    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    mmiller@history.umass.edu


    Testimonials
    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 2021 may be downloaded at the links below.