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

Update on Travel and Weather: Early in the morning of February 25th Eugene received a major snowstorm, with more than a foot of snow falling across the city, and more in the surrounding hills. Interstate 5 was closed south of Eugene, but traffic continued to and from Portland. Most of the snow should melt in the next 48 hours and roads should be passable by the time you arrive. However, be sure to check your airline itinerary and be sure to back boots and warm clothing to be prepared for snow and slush.

  • The program for the conference is now final. As of February 5th the schedule of sessions on March 1-2 has been adjusted to match panels that need screen projectors to rooms at the Hotel which will have this equipment, and on February 19th it was adjusted again, changing the meeting rooms for about half the sessions at the Hotel Eugene, as a consequence of remodeling that will be underway there. Please download this final version, and (particularly if you are arriving late on Wednesday night) see the opening pages for maps and transportation instructions for our Thursday meetings on the University of Oregon campus: SEA Eugene 2019 program Final

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!


SEA Eleventh Biennial Conference Blogs Posted By Gordon Sayre


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