Call for Papers | Comparative Empire 1750-1914

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End: November 30, 2022
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The Society for U.S. Intellectual History invites proposals for its 2022 annual conference, which will take place November 3-5, 2022, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Mass. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Democracy and Community in Crisis.”


The Society will be returning to an in-person conference for the first time in three years. Since the last time we met in person back in 2019, our nation has been through a global pandemic and a violent attempt to overturn an election. This year also marks the anniversary of three earlier moments of political crisis in the history of our nation: the fiftieth anniversary of the Watergate break-in; the two hundredth anniversary of the execution of Denmark Vesey for allegedly plotting an uprising of enslaved people in Charleston, SC; and the two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the Gaspee Affair and the formation of the Committee of Correspondence in reaction to it. We are interested in the ways Americans in the past have thought about political and community crises, big and small, that have affected not only the United States, but also the larger world. As always, we interpret this theme broadly to include the histories of gender, race, class, science, technology, philosophy, religion, government, war and peace, politics, film, literature, music, education, sports and games, and all the other ways in which people have caused, perceived, expressed, and responded to crises in community and democracy throughout the American past.


We invite submissions that respond to the conference theme or that deal with any other aspect of U.S. intellectual history or teaching U.S. intellectual history. Learn more about the conference here: and email questions and proposals to:


We look forward to learning about your scholarship! Proposals are due 10 JUNE 2022.