Society of Early Americanists Conferences

The SEA hosts annual conferences. In odd-numbered years, the Society hosts an open-topic general conference known as the Biennial Conference. In even-numbered years, it hosts Special Topics conferences. The SEA also sponsors panels at our affiliated societies: the American Literature Association & the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Past Conferences & Meetings

SEA Biennial Conferences

1999
The Society of Early Americanists held its first conference in Charleston, South Carolina, March 4-7, 1999. Program.

2001
The second Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference was held in Norfolk, Virginia, March 8-10, 2001.
Information. Program. David Shields’s Presidential Address.

2003
The third Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference was held in Providence, Rhode Island, April 10-13, 2003. Program

2005
The fourth Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference was held in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, March 31-April 2, 2005. Zabelle Stodola’s Presidential Address

2007
The fifth Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference was held in Williamsburg, Virginia, June 7-10, 2007, jointly with the Thirteenth Annual Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture conference. Program.
Dennis Moore’s Presidential Address; OIEAHC’s Director Comments.

2009
The sixth Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference was held in Hamilton, Bermuda, March 4-7, 2009. Program

2011
The seventh Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference was held in Philadelphia, March 3-5, 2011. Program.

2013
The eighth Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference was held in Savannah, Georgia, February 28 - March 2, 2013. Program.

2015
The ninth Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference was held jointly with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015. Conference website.



SEA Special Topics Conferences

First Ibero-Anglo Summit, May 16-19, 2002, Tucson, Arizona

Second Ibero-Anglo Summit, November 4-6, 2004, Providence, Rhode Island

Early American Cartographies, March 2-4, 2006, The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Prophetstown Revisited: A Summit on Early Native American Studies, April 3-5, 2008, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Early American Borderlands, May 12-15, 2010, St. Augustine, Florida

“Triumph in my Song”: 18th & 19th Century African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance, May 31-June 2, 2012, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

“London and the Americas, 1492-1812,” July 17-20, 2014, Kingston University, London. Program

“Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas”: The Fourth Early Americanist ‘Summit', June 2-5, 2016, Washington DC and the University of Maryland


SEA Workshops and Symposia

"Indigenous Archives in the Digital Age: Celebrating The Occom Circle," September 9-10, 2016, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire


SEA Affiliated Societies Conferences

American Literature Association Conference: SEA Sponsored Panels

American Literature Association, May 24-27, 2001, Cambridge, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2001

American Literature Association, May 30 - June 2, 2002, Long Beach, California, SEA Panels 2002

American Literature Association , May 22-25, 2003, Cambridge, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2003

American Literature Association, May 27-30, 2004, San Francisco, California, SEA Panels 2004

American Literature Association, May 26-29, 2005, Boston, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2005

American Literature Association, May 25-28, 2006, San Francisco, California, SEA Panels 2006

American Literature Association, May 24-27, 2007, Boston, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2007

American Literature Association, May 22-25, 2008, San Francisco, California, SEA Panels 2008

American Literature Association, May 21-24, 2009, Boston, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2009

American Literature Association, May 27-30, 2010, San Francisco, California, SEA Panels 2010

American Literature Association, May 26-29, 2011, Boston, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2011

American Literature Association, May 24-27, 2012, San Francisco, California, SEA Panels 2012

American Literature Association, May 23-26, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2013

American Literature Association, May 22-25, 2014, Washington, DC, SEA Panels 2014

American Literature Association, May 21-24, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2015

American Literature Association, May 26-29, 2016, San Francisco, California, SEA Panels 2016

American Literature Association, May 25-28, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts, SEA Panels 2017


American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference: SEA Sponsored Panels

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 24-28, 2004, Boston, Massachusetts

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 31 - April 3, 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 30-April 2, 2006, Montreal, Quebec

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 22-25, 2007, Atlanta, Georgia

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 27-30, 2008, Portland, Oregon

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 26-29, 2009, Richmond, Virginia

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 18-21, 2010, Albuquerque, New Mexico

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 17-20, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 22-25, 2012, San Antonio, Texas

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, April 4-7, 2013, Cleveland, Ohio

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 20-22, 2014, Williamsburg, Virginia

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 19-22, 2015, Los Angeles, California

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 31-April 3, 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 30-April 2, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 






 
Image credit: Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Chamberlin), 1762. London. Mason Chamberlin. Oil on canvas; Stretcher size: H. 50 3/8 in. (128.2 cm), W. 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm); framed: H. 66 in. (167.5 cm), W. 58 in. (147.5 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1956-88-1. Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
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