Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference


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Conference Dates: Thursday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Maine Bicentennial Committee at the University of Maine seeks proposals for individual papers, complete panels, as well as other formats (e.g., workshops, poster sessions, websites, films) that explore the Maine statehood process and the commemoration of the state bicentennial in 2019-2020. The conference will primarily be held on the University of Maine campus in Orono with an anticipated keynote session at the State House in Augusta. While primarily a scholarly conference, it will be open to the public for a nominal fee, and we seek participation from local cultural organizations as well as Maine teachers and students (especially in grades 6-12).

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Alan Taylor (Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair, University of Virginia)
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University)

Anticipated Conference Themes

Without precluding other approaches to the statehood process and bicentennial commemoration, we anticipate attention to: Separation Votes, Partisan Politics, and the “Two Maines,” ca. 1785-1820s; Maine-Missouri Crisis and National Racial Politics; Wabanaki Sovereignty and Statehood (Native American Programs, UMaine, organizer), Mapping and Statehood (Osher Map Library, Univ. of Southern Maine, organizer), International Uncertainty and the Border (Canadian-American Center, UMaine, organizer).

Call for Papers Coming Soon.

Watch this space for more information on the Submission Process and due date.