The 2021 annual conference of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850 will take place over Zoom, and will be spread out over five days: February 18-20 (Thursday through Saturday), and February 26-27 (Friday and Saturday). This interdisciplinary conference encourages scholars to present work on any topic related to the period 1750-1850 in any geographical location. Although historians of the Atlantic World and Revolutionary Era, broadly construed, are always a large contingent, we welcome proposals from professors, graduate students, and independent scholars working in a wide variety of topics and fields including but not limited to languages and literature, history, philosophy, art history, and music history.
This year’s keynote speakers will be Kacy Tillman, Associate Professor of English at the University of Tampa and author of Stripped: Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution (University of Massachusetts Press, 2019); and Alan Forrest, Emeritus professor of Modern History at the University of York and author, most recently, of The Death of the French Atlantic: Trade, War, and Slavery in the Age of the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2020).
We welcome proposals for full conference sessions including both standard sessions (three or four fifteen-minute papers plus a moderator) and roundtables (five or six five-minute presentations). We urge panel organizers to consider diversity of presenters and topics as they build their sessions. Preference will be given to panels that capture gender, racial, and stage-in-career diversity. This year, we will not be accepting individual paper proposals, but for the convenience of prospective panelists, our website includes a page to help potential presenters organize a panel.
For this year’s annual meeting, we are revising our session format to be more suitable for the online platform. Rather than making use of commentators, the 90-minute sessions will include a moderator who will pose a question or two after the presentations to launch discussion. We also encourage panelists to pre-circulate papers and present brief summaries of their research to leave more time for discussion. The CRE website will include a link for uploading and accessing pre-circulated papers. Participants (presenters and attendees) will need to register for the conference through our website, but there will be no registration fees this year.
Sessions will be broadcast live and recorded; videos will be made public, shortly after the conference, via our website. The videos will be removed from our website after 30 days. Participants will be asked to sign a form granting us permission to record and post their sessions.
Please submit proposals to Denise Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should include a panel description, an abstract for each paper not to exceed 250 words, and a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) for each participant. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2020.
For more information about the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era and the virtual conference, visit the CRE website. Feel free to contact Denise Davidson or Alex Mikaberidze with any questions.