Department of History

Workshops and Seminars

Recurring seminars and workshops are available over the course of each semester.

19th Century U.S. History Workshop

Founded in 2011, the 19th Century U.S. History Workshop has featured new research on nineteenth-century American history with the hope of promoting new conversations about periodization, method, and interpretation. The workshop has sought to provide a venue for early-career scholars to share their research with faculty and graduate students from Brown and other nearby institutions. The workshop is currently on hiatus. Contact: Seth Rockman

View the range of work that has appeared at the seminar

Brown Early American Graduate Seminar (BEAGS)

The Brown Early American Graduate Seminar is a non-credit workshop that meets once per month during the semester and provides a welcoming venue to peer-review all forms of graduate student writing, including dissertation chapters, conference presentations, grant applications, and prospectuses. Any graduate student or faculty member from the Brown community working on early American history or the Atlantic (broadly defined, from the 16th c. - 19th c.) is welcome.

Email Linford Fisher for more information, a schedule, or to be added to the mailing list.

Brown European History Workshop

BEHW offers a forum for sharing work-in-progress on topics in European history, broadly defined. We welcome faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and visiting scholars from history and related disciplines to attend any or all of our monthly meetings.

To join the mailing list or inquire about presenting work, please contact Benjamin Hein.

View our fall 2021 schedule

Brown Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar (MEMHS)

The Brown University Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar serves as a forum for faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars to share work in progress. Contact: Caroline Castiglione

To receive email reminders about seminar meetings and related events, please join the listserv here.

View the fall and spring schedules 

Brown Legal History Workshop

The Brown Legal History Workshop offers a regular forum for faculty and graduate students at Brown to share ideas engaging the themes of law or legal history—broadly construed and unrestricted by geography, chronology, or discipline. The workshop originated from observations that there are a number of scholars and students at Brown working on or interested in law and legal history across various disciplines, but there was no venue to bring all of us together into an intellectual community with common interests. Our goal is to use one another’s work-in-progress or research questions to generate discussions of interest to all but of particular help to an individual presenter. Workshops are traditionally held on a Friday morning from 9:00—10:30 a.m. and are open to all Brown faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

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Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean Colloquium (CRAM)

Administered by the Program in Early Cultures, the Brown University seminar on Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM) is an informal interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from many departments and programs who deal with religion and culture in the ancient Mediterranean basin and west Asia. CRAM meets monthly to discuss a precirculated work-in-progress paper.

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Gender History Workshop (GHW)

The Gender History Workshop (GHW) is a forum for graduate students at Brown University—beginning with but extending beyond those enrolled in the Ph.D. in History—to get feedback on their writing on histories of women, gender, and sexuality. The workshop welcomes scholarship that lives at the intersection of “gender” and “history,” both terms broadly construed. Workshop participants precirculate work in progress, including dissertation chapters, article drafts, conference papers, and research/grant proposals, and members convene over a casual dinner roughly 3x/semester to discuss the work. We aim to cultivate a relaxed but rigorous atmosphere in which graduate students can make progress on their projects, graduate students interested in similar thematic topics can convene from across the university, and graduate students and faculty within the History department can learn together in an informal setting. Contact: Emily Owens

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