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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
whanley@wcupa.edu

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.


Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her publications, teaching, and documentary appearances have placed her among a small number of African American women scholars who study black life, culture, and gender up to the Civil War. Dunbar received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in History and African American Studies and her Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University.

Dunbars first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University in 2008, and it is widely used in college and graduate classrooms across the country. Her newest book, Never Caught: The Washingtons Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, is a startling and eye-opening look into Americas First Family. Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washingtons runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nations capital and reach freedom. Never Caught was recently named as a non-fiction finalist for the National Book Awards.

In addition to her monographs, Dunbar has published peer-reviewed essays that have appeared in collections by Yale and NYU Press, has co-edited a special issue of Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and has penned numerous book reviews and encyclopedia entries. She serves on the editorial board for the Race in the Atlantic World series (UGA Press) and was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. In 2011, Dunbar made history by becoming the inaugural Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the nations first library and one of its oldest cultural institutions.

With her recent op-eds and articles in outlets such as the New York Times, The Nation, TIME, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dunbar has built a name for herself outside of the academy. Her expertise is in high demand from scholarly communities and media outlets such as CNN and the LA Times. She has appeared in numerous documentaries such as several episodes of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” as well as “The Abolitionists” an American Experience production on PBS.


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 Accomodations

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