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Entangled Histories Opening Session

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Benjamin Franklin Hall
American Philosophical Society
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Entangled Histories: Making New Connections 
in Early America, c. 1750–1850
Hosted by the American Philosophical Society and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Opening Session, Thursday, April 5
3:00 – 4:00 PM          Registration
4:00 – 5:45 PM          Opening Plenary      
Alison Games (Georgetown University) & Pekka Hämäläinen (University of Oxford) in dialogue
Moderators:  Eliga Gould (University of New Hampshire) and Julia Mansfield (Yale University), Program Committee Co-Chairs.
The Plenary speakers will be responding to questions that are available on the conference website.
5:45 - 6:30 PM          Welcome Reception

The conference will feature scholars who challenge traditional narratives of imperial or national history by applying a wider lens to Anglo-America. The goal is to foster a wide-ranging debate on relations across borders – geographic, political, legal, social, and ethnic – in the Americas.

Two plenary speakers – Alison Games of Georgetown University and Pekka Hämäläinen of Oxford University – will open the conference with a debate about entangled history. The rest of the program will involve panel sessions with pre-circulated papers. Those papers will be posted on a password protected website available to registered attendees.

This conference has received generous support from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Philosophical Society, the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, and the Department of History at the University of New Hampshire.

Conference details, program schedule, and registration information are now available at the Entangled Histories website. Any questions about the conference may be directed to Eliga Gould ( or Julia Mansfield (

For more information, see the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.