Call for Participants: SHEAR 2023 Graduate Student Research Workshops (ONLINE)

Engraving of the High Street Market House, showing the head house with the courthouse and a line of market stalls.

High Street Market House, Philadelphia. Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia

SHEAR is pleased to invite participants for the 8th annual graduate student research workshops, open to all current graduate students (or recipients of a 2022-2023 degree) with research interests in the era of the early United States and its world.

These workshops invite grad students and faculty to discuss common themes, important areas of research, and challenges faced by scholars in the field.  Conversations in each group may turn alternately to subjects like archives, methodologies, and important secondary literature. Best of all, these seminars help participants to network amongst like-minded scholars, and to find potential partners for organizing panels for future conferences.

All workshops are free of charge and will be held online in advance of the in-person conference (which takes place in Philadelphia 13-16 July). Participants do not need to attend the in-person conference in order to attend a graduate student workshop.

Monday 10 July, 2:00 to 4:00 pm EDT:

  • Black Internationalism with Leslie Alexander (Rutgers University) and Ousmane Power-Green (Clark University
  • Diplomatic History with Julia Gaffield (William and Mary) and Gautham Rao (American University)
  • New Midwest / Old Northwest with Peter Onuf (University of Virginia) and Jessica Roney (Temple University)

Enrollment in each seminar is limited. We aim to assign participants to their first choice, but if that session fills early, we will do our best to assign participants to their second choice. To apply, please email a dissertation abstract (250 words max) to with YOURNAME_Grad_Seminar in the subject line by June 9th.  

  • Include your graduate program (advisor, department, university),
  • expected completion date, and
  • your first and second seminar choice.