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CFP: Postgraduate and Early Career Conference in Early American History 2018

Submission deadline: December 22, 2017

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In 2018, the British Group in Early American History Postgraduate and Early Career Conference enters its 4th year, and for the first time, joins forces with the British American Nineteenth Century Historians’ postgraduate community for a joint event. This will take place on Friday 23rd MARCH 2018 at the London-based Institute of Historical Research, the UK’s national centre for history. London, with its unique colonial archival resources and lively research student populati­­on, is one of the leading centres of American scholarship in Europe, and the IHR is a natural location for this event. The IHR Library’s North American Room houses one of the foremost UK collections of published material relating to the early history of the United States, Caribbean, and Canada. The day-long BGEAH & BrANCH Postgraduate and Early Career Conference will be a key forum for the discussion of individual research as well as themes and issues emerging in the field of American research in the UK.

This conference caters specifically to the needs of postgraduates and early career historians. We invite proposals for speakers/panels or roundtables that focus on practical and vocational skills such as writing, publication (both within and outside the UK), the Research Excellence Framework, job and post doc applications, interviewing, public engagement, digital history, social media, non-academic career pathways, or any other relevant professional development topic. Proposals could also be ideas for sessions that attendees would like to see included in our programme. The deadline for these is Friday 24th November 2017.

The conference will include PG and ECR workshop sessions based upon pre-circulated works-in-progress. A submission could be a proposed journal article, or portion of a chapter embracing any aspect of the broad field of North American history, including the Caribbean, from the seventeenth through to the end of the nineteenth century. This is an opportunity to have your work discussed in a constructive, convivial environment where you will benefit from the insights of fellow PGs and ECRs, as well as faculty members. At this stage, please provide a 200-word summary of your proposed submission by Friday 22nd December 2017.

As part of BGEAH, BrANCH, and the IHR’s ongoing commitment to national engagement, speakers are encouraged from across the UK, and some funds are available to assist attendees from outside the Southeast of England with their travel expenses. 

Please email proposals, ideas and summaries to the Conference Organiser, Gareth Davis, at with the subject line BGEAH & BrANCH 2018.  Proposals (with the name of the submitter and BGEAH & BrANCH in the file name) should be sent as an attachment. Individual submissions should include a summary of between 250 and 350 words and a brief (1-2 pp) C.V. Panel submissions should include a one-paragraph overview in addition to individual CVs. 

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