SEA 2019 biennial

Society of Early Americanists Eleventh Biennial Conference
Eugene, Oregon, February 28th — March 2nd, 2019


The Eugene biennial will be the first for the SEA to be held on the West Coast. It will highlight how the Pacific Rim and the West are significant for Early American Studies, beyond the U.S. expansionist narratives of Lewis and Clark.

The conference dates: Thursday, February 28 to Saturday, March 2, 2019

For additional information about the SEA Eleventh Biennial Conference, please see:

A NOTE ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The submissions sent by panel organizers through the exordo site back in August asked for name, email and institutional affiliation of each presenter, and then asked for a single file upload containing the paper titles and abstracts for all the panelists. This format did not link each paper abstract to its presenter. What’s more, the exordo system has been closed to all but administrators ever since the submission deadline passed. Session chairs cannot make edits to their own sessions, such as to remove presenters who have decided they cannot attend, or to add replacements. So now we have to go back and edit the program to put the titles alongside the presenters. This will be necessary for 40 – 50 panels, which is a lot of work. I plan to employ one of two graduate assistants at the UO to carry out this job in January. Please be patient and await the full program in the second half of January.

Conference keynote speakers:

— Prof. Chris Cameron, University of North Carolina–Charlotte, founder of the African American Intellectual History Society and author of To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement. March 2nd

— Prof. Lisa Brooks, Amherst College, author of Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War. February 28th

— Prof. Michelle Burnham, Santa Clara University, “The Revolutionary Pacific: Transoceanic American Writing and the Calculus of Risk” March 1st

— Prof. Melinda Marie Jetté, author of At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859. March 1st

Panel and Individual paper proposals and program planning are being handled by exordo: 

Panel proposals were accepted through August 15th.

Individual paper proposals were accepted until September 15th.

As in past biennials, each member can present one paper on a panel of 2-4 presenters, and may also appear in another panel in a supporting role, such as chair, respondent, or member of a round table or panel of 5 or more participants.

Society of Early Americanists Eleventh Biennial Conference Program Committee

Gordon Sayre, University of Oregon, SEA President, Program Committee Chair
Patrick Erben, University of West Georgia, SEA Vice President
Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland, SEA Executive Coordinator
Michelle Burnham, Santa Clara University
Jonathan Field, Clemson University
Brigitte Fielder, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kirsten Silva Gruesz, University of California Santa Cruz
Tom Hallock, University of South Florida
Elizabeth Bohls, University of Oregon
Brett Rushforth, University of Oregon

For any questions, please contact Gordon Sayre, SEA President,

We look forward to seeing you in Eugene!


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