Call for Papers: American History Research Seminar

The American History Research Seminar at Oxford University seeks submissions from scholars who would like the opportunity to workshop a work-in-progress piece among the academic community at the Rothermere American Institute. Applicants should plan either to present a 45-minute paper in person at the seminar, or to pre-circulate a paper of 10,000 to 15,000 words (including footnotes).

We welcome submissions from researchers with a broad range of historical interests relating to North America and its Atlantic and global contexts in the period c.1600-present. We seek to showcase research across a broad range of subject areas.

The seminar is open to all researchers who have completed a PhD and are post-viva. We particularly encourage submissions from women, LGBTQ+ scholars, scholars from the Global Majority, and scholars from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. We also look forward to discussing research that is being produced at a range of different institutions.

The American History Research Seminar is committed to providing a constructive workshop environment for research projects that are well-developed enough to withstand vigorous discussion, but that would still benefit from substantive feedback before going to print. We encourage applicants to consider whether their project is at the right stage to benefit fully from engagement with the workshop process before responding to the call for papers.

The seminar will take place on Tuesdays at 4pm in Michaelmas (10th October – 28th November) and Hilary Terms (16th January – 5th March).

To apply, please submit a 300-word abstract of the paper you plan to present along with a 100-word bio to and by 5pm London time on Monday 21st August 2023.

Where necessary, reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be provided by the Rothermere American Institute. For sustainability purposes, we aim this call particularly to scholars within the United Kingdom and Europe.