Seminars and Workshops

The Department of History hosts several regular seminars and workshops designed to bring together faculty, graduate students, and other scholars in the area around particular research topics.

19th Century U.S. History Workshop

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This seminar features new research on nineteenth-century American history and is intended to stimulate conversations about periodization, method, and interpretation. We are especially eager to welcome faculty and graduate students from nearby institutions and related disciplines. Each session will feature a pre-circulated paper, available a week in advance. To join the mailing list, please write to Seth Rockman.

Brown India Initiative/South Asian Studies

History Lecture Series

A wide-ranging series of lectures hosted by the Department of History. Open to any interested members of the Brown community. Click here for the current schedule. 

JCB/Brown British Atlantic Seminar (JBBAS)

Hosted by the John Carter Brown Library and co-organized by faculty in History and English, this new multi-disciplinary seminar series is designed to promote dialogue across the British Atlantic World. Each semester three meetings will be held on Thursdays at 5 pm in the JCB reading room. All are welcome, but those planning to attend need to register in advance. Please see the seminar website for more information. 

Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar (MEMHS)

This monthly seminar features pre-circulated papers and presentations of works-in-progress from advanced graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars in medieval and early modern History. 

Middle East Studies Initiative

The Middle East Studies Initiative at Brown University organizes conferences, workshops, a lecture series, a luncheon seminar, and an undergraduate paper series every semester. Most have substantial historical content. 

Modern European Research Seminar

The Modern European Research Seminar brings together faculty and graduate students with interests in modern European history.  Participants share work-in-progress in informal monthly discussions on a wide range of themes determined by the make-up of the group each year. 

Science and Capitalism Speaker Series

The Science & Capitalism speaker series fosters a lively and cross-disciplinary conversation about the interaction between knowledge-making and commercial concerns.  Cosponsored by Brown's STS Program and the 19th Century Workshop, this series brings outside speakers to campus for informal presentations and seminar style discussions on a wide range of themes, including the role of computers in late modern bio-capitalism, expeditionary science and American imperialism, and the transition of coral reefs from a menacing barrier to commerce into a fragile ecosystem that was itself endangered by the growth of industrial capitalism. For the 2013-2014 schedule, click here.