Past

Past Conferences & Meetings

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

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

Special Topics Conferences

SEA Workshops and Symposia

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

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin


 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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