The McNeil Center for Early American Studies: CFPs and Fellowships



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Sonia Hazard

The McNeil Center is a community of researchers engaged in the study of the histories and cultures (and religions!) of North America in the larger Atlantic world, before 1850. Based at the University of Pennsylvania, the Center sponsors the journal Early American Studies, as well as a number of conferences, dissertation fellowships, seminars, and other events. It's a great place to be an early Americanist.

Various colleagues at the McNeil Center are hosting several upcoming conferences which will interest scholars of early American religion. The first, "Situation Critical!: Critique, Theory, and Early American Studies," is aimed at bringing theoretical and critical provocations to bear on a field which typically prides itself on its empiricism. It's guaranteed to be a fascinating conversation. Religious studies scholars are specifically invited to apply. Abstracts are due by March 1, 2015, and the conference will take place in spring 2016. To download the CFP, click here.

Movers and shakers will want to apply to the graduate student conference, "Bustle and Stir: Movement and Exchange in Early America." The organizers invite graduate students from all disciplines and stages in their programs to discuss themes of dynamism, movement, and encounter in early American social and economic life. This high-velocity conference will be held October 8-10, 2015, and the deadline for abstracts is March 2, 2015. Shortly the CFP and more information will appear on the McNeil Center's conference page.

Finally, the McNeil Center sponsors a vibrant dissertation fellowship program, including one named fellowship designed specifically to support projects in early American religious studies. Fellows stay in residence in Philadelphia for nine months, and participate in the intellectual life of the Center. The deadline is February 2, 2015.

For more you can check out the McNeil Center's website or follow it on facebook.

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