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 11, 2021


    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. 
    In the wake of the global pandemic, the Graduate Student Forum planned for June 2020, with six papers and a keynote talk offered by Linda K. Kerber (May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History Emerita, Lecturer in Law, University of Iowa), will unfold instead on June 11, 2021. In order to open the Forum to work under way over the current academic year, a call for additional papers to join the program already accepted is at this link


    Accepted papers for

    June 2021 Graduate Student Forum

    Border Controls: Trading Posts and Harbor Forts

    Sam Slattery, College of William and Mary, Harbor Forts, the Policed Atlantic, and the Struggle for Power in British America

    Eric Trautman-Mosher, University of New Hampshire, Trading Places: Native Consumers and British Merchants in an Eighteenth-Century Empire of Goods

    Bodies and Souls: Religious Freedom and Social Controls in Early America

    Anna Todd, University of Pennsylvania, The Ties that Bind: Illegitimacy in Early America 

    Erik Nordbye, Harvard University, Faith-Based Capitalism: Religious Dissenters and the Struggle against Church Taxes in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts

    Identity Politics: Personal Loyalties and Ideological Attachments in the Age of Revolution

    Jamie MacPherson, University of Stirling (Scotland), John Adams:  Friendship and Politics 1774-1801

    Russell Weber, University of California at Berkeley, American Feeling: Political Passions and Emotional Identity in the Early Republic, 1754-1797

    Moderator Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History Emerita, Lecturer in Law, University of Iowa

    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 2019 may be downloaded at the links below.