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Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850
Philadelphia, PA
Febuary 22-24, 2018

The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850 (CRE) provides a venue for the presentation of original research on the history of Europe, the Atlantic World and beyond. We welcome proposals from allied disciplines and comparative studies; in short, we offer a platform for research into the revolutionary era broadly defined.

The 2018 conference will be held February 22-24 at The Hilton Penn’s Landing Hotel located on the Philadelphia Waterfront. The conference venues are within easy walking distance of Philadelphia’s historic district, Independence Hall, the Constitution Center, numerous other museums, and many exceptional restaurants.

Featured speakers for the 2018 conference include: Simon Bainbridge, Professor of English Literature, Lancaster University; Billy Smith, Professor of History, Montana State University; and Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Professor of Black American Studies and History, University of Delaware.

The program committee prefers proposals for complete sessions (three papers, plus chair and a commentator). However, we will accept proposals for incomplete sessions and individual paper proposals. Session proposals should include name of presenter, title of paper, and brief abstract (no more than one page) for each paper; and brief CVs (no more than 2 pages) for each participant. The deadline for proposals is November 20, 2017. We welcome traditional presentations of new research as well as roundtable discussions and pedagogical panels. Proposals from doctoral students are welcome. Electronic submissions should be sent in Word or pdf format.

Send proposals to:

Professor Wayne Hanley
Department of History
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

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  • 2018 Keynote Speakers:

    Professor Simon Bainbridge's main research interest is in the relationship between the writing of the Romantic period and its historical contexts. He is the author of Napoleon and English Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (Oxford University Press, 2003) and the editor of Romanticism: A Sourcebook. He has published his research in journals such as Romanticism, Romanticism on the Net and The Byron Journal and has written essays and entries for An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832, Romanticism: An Oxford Guide, The Blackwell Companion to European Romanticism, and The Oxford Handbook to English Literature and Theology. He is currently continuing his research into the cultural responses to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and also working on the literature and culture of mountaineering in the Romantic period.

    Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar is Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has recently participated in several documentaries, including “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and “The Abolitionists,” an American Experience production on PBS. In 2011, Professor Dunbar was appointed the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and SSRC fellowships and most recently has been named an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University Press in 2008. Dunbar’s most recent book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge will be published in 2017.

    Dr. Billy Smith is Distinguished Professor of Letters & Science in the Department of History at Montana State University. He receiving his doctorate in history at UCLA, he has gone on to publish numerous articles, chapters, and nine books on various aspects of colonial America and the early republic, including Down and Out In Early America (Penn State Press, 2004) and most recently Ship of Death: The Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World (Yale University Press, 2013), which won the 2014 Norris and Carol Hundley Award for the most distinguished book on any historical topic by a historian living in the West.

    Travel and Accommodations:

    Reservations should be made at the Hilton Penn’s Landing Hotel located at 201 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106, which will serve as the conference hotel. The discount room rate for CRE participants is $169.00 per night, plus tax. This rate is available for February 22-24.

    To make your reservation go to the link: www.hilton.com


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