SHEAR 2021 Registration Now Open

Hello SHEARites! The 2021 annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is a little over a month away; you can read the draft program online.

Below please find information about registration as well as the conference highlights.  If you have unanswered questions or concerns, please contact Robyn Davis directly at


Registration is now open at Ticketleap and I encourage you to register promptly; as we’ve all learned this year, moving things online takes a perpetually-surprising amount of time and effort.

Conference registration is free for graduate students and SHEAR members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for public history professionals, independent scholars, and k-12 educators (inclusive of online transaction fee).  You can join SHEAR or renew your membership on the SHEAR website.

You do not need to be a member of SHEAR to present at the conference, but everyone on the program must register.  Please complete your registration by Tuesday, 13 July 2021.  Please.  Pretty please.  As a favor to Robyn ….

Getting “There”

PheedLoop and Zoom: The conference will be held fully online, streamed directly from our conference platform PheedLoop.  I will send instructions on using PheedLoop in the weeks after you register (which you will want to do promptly…).  Zoom will be our livestream provider inside the virtual conference space at PheedLoop; therefore you mustdownload Zoom and have a working account to participate in SHEAR 2021.

System requirements:  you need a modern browser and a high-speed internet connection to run PheedLoop.  Any modern bowser is supported but 1. Google Chrome is the best setup and 2. Internet Explorer won’t work.  Please note that the best experience will be on a laptop or desktop device, although PheedLoop is compatible with phones and tablets. 

Conference Highlights

Biography Writers’ Workshop, Monday 12 July.  Three presenters will cover topics related to historical biography followed by breakout working groups that have read and will offer feedback on each other’s projects.

Public History Workshop, Tuesday 13 July.  Participants will learn about issues shaping public history as they discuss and receive feedback on their work from mentors working in public history settings.

Graduate Research Seminars, Wednesday 14 July.   Continuing SHEAR’s long tradition of mentoring graduate students, twelve senior scholars will lead six concurrent research seminars for advanced graduate students and recent graduates, devoted to different scholarly topics in the history of the early republic.

Second-Book Writers’ Workshop, Wednesday 14 July.  Three senior scholar mentors will each facilitate a workshop session for historians of the early American republic who are currently working on second book projects.

Graduate Student Meet-n-Greet, Wednesday 14 July.  Graduate students will enjoy an informal virtual gathering beginning at 3:00 pm EDT.

President’s Plenary, Wednesday 14 July.  SHEAR’s 42nd annual conference opens at 6:00 pm EDT with the President’s Plenary, “Black Resistance in the Early American Republic.”

Plenary Reception, Wednesday 14 July.  Let’s welcome each other to this strange new SHEAR at an information reception on Zoom, 7:30 to 8:30 pm EDT.

Meet the JER Editors, Thursday 15 July.  Johann Neem and Andy Shankman invite graduate students and early career scholars to meet for an informal brown bag lunchtime conversation, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT.

Scholarly Organizations and Diversity, Thursday 15 July.  Members of SHEAR’s DEI committee, a founding member of AAIHS, and a representative from WHA will discuss efforts to diversify membership and scholarship in organizations such as SHEAR, 4:00 to 5:45 pm EDT.

An Evening at the Museum of the American Revolution, Thursday 15 July.   Live from the galleries at M*AR, a behind-the-scenes tour of exhibitions, discoveries from the collection, and online interactive resources.  7:00-8:15 pm EDT. ($15.00)

JER Editorial Board Meeting, Friday 16 July.  The JER editorial board meets at 12:30 pm EDT.

2021 Program Committee Meeting, Friday 16 July.  The Program Committee for the 2022 SHEAR conference in New Orleans will meet beginning at 12:30 pm EDT.

Working Lunch:  Navigating Graduate Studies during COVID.  A space for graduate students to share strategies for navigating the teaching, research, and writing obligations of grad school during a global pandemic and to brainstorm about next steps as archives begin to open.  12:30 to 2:00 pm EDT.

Awards Program, Friday 16 July.  The SHEAR awards program for 2020 and 2021 will begin at 7:00 pm.

SHEAR Anti-Temperance League, Friday 16 July.  The League will have its annual gathering beginning at 8:30 pm EDT and ending … whenever.  Join us to remember departed colleagues, celebrate our achievements and laugh/kvetch about life.

Boydston Women’s Breakfast, Saturday 17 July. BYOBagel.  The women of SHEAR will gather online from 7:30 to 9:00 am EDT for their twelfth annual breakfast.

SHEAR Advisory Council, Saturday 17 July.  The Advisory Council meets at 12:30 pm EDT.

Forum:  SHEARites Confront COVID, Saturday 17 JulyAn exploration of how the work of journals, presses, research institutions, and universities has changed during COVID, and a wide-ranging discussion of their responses to the crisis.  4:00 to 5:30 EDT.

Business Meeting, Saturday 17 July.  Join us at SHEAR’s business meeting, 5:30 pm EDT, open to all. 

Presidential Address, Saturday 17 July.  The 2021 presidential address begins at 7:00 pm EDT. President Amy Greenberg will discuss “The Proper Man: A Political Story from the Right Arm of the Democracy.”

Closing Reception, Saturday 17 July.  Let’s bid each other – and virtual SHEAR – and fond and fervent adieu at an informal gathering on Zoom, 8:30 to 9:30 pm EDT.

From Conference Paper to Journal Article Workshop, 26 July.  The JER editors and peers will meet online to discuss feedback and plans for revising conference papers into publishable journal articles.

If you have questions about registration or any aspect of the conference itself, please contact Robyn Davis at

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