British Group in Early American History

The above event will take place on Friday March 31st 2017 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 early 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.

We welcome proposals that embrace the broad field of North American history, including the Caribbean, from the seventeenth century through to, but not including, the American Civil War. Proposals for panels and papers of many types are sought: from traditional panels to roundtables to “state-of-the-field” or teaching panels. We will accept individual paper proposals, though we prefer whole panels.  We are also eager to receive proposals for speakers/panels focusing on the broader aspects of postgraduate and early career work: publication, both within and outside the UK, the Research Excellence Framework, job applications, interviewing etc.

As part of BGEAH 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.

This will be a day-long conference in which panels will discuss their research as well as key themes and issues emerging in the field. The BGEAH Postgraduate and Early Career Conference is a key forum, enabling researchers to share their work with their peers and, where appropriate, assess the current state of early American research in Britain.

Please email proposals to the BGEAH Postgraduate Representative, Gareth Davis, at gareth.davis.14@ucl.ac.uk with the subject line BGEAH 2017.  Proposals (with the name of the submitter and BGEAH in the file name) should be sent as an attachment. Individual submissions should include a 250 to 350-word summary of the paper, and a brief (1-2 pp) C.V. Panel submissions should include a one-paragraph overview of the intended session in addition to the individual paper descriptions and a C.V. for each participant. The deadline for submissions is Monday 16th January 2017.