The Society of Early Americanists furthers the exchange of ideas and information among scholars of various disciplines who study the literature and culture of America to approximately 1800.

Announcements:

  • Congratulations to Professor Jillian Sayre recipient of the Seventeenth Annual SEA Essay Prize for her essay on “Significant Otherness: Companionability in American Frontier Narratives.”  More information about the essay contest is here.

  • Early American Literature Book Prize: The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce the second annual Early American Literature Book Prize, which is given for the best newly released academic book about American literature in the colonial period through the early republic (roughly 1830). This year the prize will go to the author of a first book. First monographs published in 2014 or 2015 are eligible for the 2016 prize. More information is available here.  

  • The Society of Early Americanists Workshop and Symposium: “Indigenous Archives in the Digital Age: Celebrating The Occom Circle” will take place at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 9-11, 2016. For the call for papers and more information, please visit the SEA Forthcoming Conferences page, here.

  • The SEA will be co-sponsoring the Special Topics Conference, “Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas,” University of Maryland and Washington DC, 2-5 June, 2016. For more information, please visit the SEA Forthcoming Conferences page, here.

  • The Society of Early Americanists’ Executive Committee is delighted to announce that we are launching a Junior Scholars’ Caucus. More information is available here.

  • The Society of Early Americanists Tenth Biennial Conference will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 2-4, 2017. For more information, please visit the SEA Forthcoming Conferences page, here.
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Image Caption: Frontispiece, “Distant View of the Rocky Mountains,” Edwin James, An Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains, Performed in the Years 1819, 1820. . . . Online facsimile edition at www.americanjourneys.org/aj-144a/ . Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society at www.wisconsinhistory.org

Updated 01/14/16