Call for Papers 2022-23

Since 2018, the Oxford Early American Republic Seminar (OxEARS) has provided a forum for junior scholars to share their works in progress with a friendly and expert audience who share an interest in the early American republic, broadly defined as the United States from the Revolution to Reconstruction. Based at Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute, the seminar has so far welcomed dozens of historians and literary scholars from around the world to discuss dissertation chapters, book manuscripts, and article projects at various stages of completion. We now solicit applications for our 2022-23 series, which will offer twelve scholars the opportunity to share their work with the seminar group over the course of Oxford’s three academic terms.

The seminar meets every two weeks in term time in the downstairs seminar room at the Rothermere American Institute. Though we especially encourage applications from scholars who are based in the United Kingdom or will be visiting during the upcoming academic year, we are also able to welcome presenters and participants who are unable to attend in person, and will conduct all of our sessions in hybrid format. Maintaining a socially inclusive and intellectually diverse environment is a principal goal of the seminar, and we strongly encourage applications from individuals whose identities and backgrounds are underrepresented in the academy. Contributors to the seminar in the past have usually been junior scholars between the stages of commencing graduate study and publishing a first book.

Submissions should consist of a paper title, a 250-word abstract of the proposed paper, and a 100-word speaker bio. We are open to both pre-circulated chapters and conference-style presentations – proposals should indicate which of these formats the presenter would prefer. Pre-circulated papers must be sent to the convenor a week in advance of the presentation.

Seminar meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 4pm London time (usually 11am New York, 8am San Francisco). Applicants should indicate which of the following dates will suit them best to present.

  • Wednesday 19th October 2022
  • Wednesday 2nd November 2022
  • Wednesday 16th November 2022
  • Wednesday 30th November 2022
  • Wednesday 25th January 2023
  • Wednesday 8th February 2023
  • Wednesday 22nd February 2023
  • Wednesday 8th March 2023
  • Wednesday 3rd May 2023
  • Wednesday 17th May 2023
  • Wednesday 14th June 2023

Submissions should be emailed to The deadline for submissions is Monday 12th September 2022.

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