Old State Capitol, Raleigh

Old State Capital, Raleigh

Annual Meeting 16-19 July 2015, Raleigh, North Carolina


The 37th annual meeting of the Society for Historians for the Early American Republic will meet Sheraton Raleigh Hotel from July 16 to 19, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Over the years, SHEAR has developed a reputation for welcoming all scholars and history practitioners to its annual meetings. We gather with old friends and new, discuss ideas and share resources, and inspire each other. Our programs—from panels to plenary to presidential address—are created with attention to quality and variety. We have something for everyone! Our 2014 meeting in Philadelphia was our largest ever, and we take this as a sign that we are doing something well. So please plan to join us in 2015.

Call For Papers

The Program Committee invites proposals for sessions and papers exploring all aspects of the history and culture of the early American republic, together with its northern and southern borderlands and transnational connections, c. 1776-1861. We particularly seek new scholarship in African American and Native American history, along with innovative work on pedagogy, public history, and digital humanities. We encourage participation by scholars new to SHEAR and from outside the traditional boundaries of the field. We also welcome panels that foster audience participation, feature pre-circulated papers, or assess the state of a given field. Scholars who desire to participate in non-traditional sessions (such as pecha-kucha) should also submit proposals.

The Program Committee gives priority to proposals for complete panels (including a chair and commentator). Individual papers will be considered, but we encourage the use of venues like H-SHEAR and Twitter (#SHEAR2015) to locate participants for a full session. Those interested in acting as a session chair or commentator should submit a one-page curriculum vitae.

All submissions should be in the format of a single electronic document (Word or .pdf) that begins with the surname and first initial of the contact person, e.g., “SmithJ2015.pdf.” This single document should contain:

1. Panel title & short, one paragraph description.

2. Proposals for each paper (no more than 100 words each).

3. Names for a chair/commentator and a second commentator.

4. Single-page curriculum vitae for each participant.

5. Indicate the need for any ADA accommodation or requirement.

6. Indicate the need for audio-visual equipment. A/V requests will be honored only if technology is integral to presentation. Requests made after proposal submission may not be granted.

7. Email addresses for the designated contact person and each participant.

Please note that all program participants are required to register for the conference. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014. Please submit your proposals by email to the Program Committee Chair: Seth Rockman at Seth_Rockman@brown.edu 

Committee members are:

Hester Blum, Pennsylvania State University

Thomas Foster, DePaul University

Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

Luke E. Harlow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Judy Kertész, North Carolina State University

Gautham Rao, American University

Seth Rockman, Brown University

Rachel St. John, New York University

Craig Steven Wilder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kariann Akemi Yokota, University of Colorado, Denver


If you have questions about the conference, please feel free to contact the SHEAR business office at (215) 746-5393 or at info@shear.org, or consult national conference coordinator Craig Friend at craig_friend@ncsu.edu.