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

Keynote speakers will include:

— 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

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

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

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

Panel and Individual paper proposals can be submitted at the program website: 

Panel proposals will be accepted through August 15th.

Individual paper proposals will be accepted up until September 15th.
For the September 15, 2018 deadline we invite paper submissions from individuals who have not joined with others in a panel submission.

For more details and specific instructions about submitting Panel and Individual paper proposals, please see: SEA 2019 CFP

Submissions will be reviewed and arranged by the SEA Eleventh Biennial Conference Program Committee. 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.

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

  • CFPs for panels that are soliciting proposals, and instructions for submitting the panel: SEA 2019 CFP
  • Travel and Hotel information and maps of Eugene: SEA 2019 Travel and Hotel
  • Registration information (forthcoming in October)


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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