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 RockmanClick here for the current schedule. 

Brazil Initiative

Brown-India Initiative

Brown Legal History Workshop

 The purpose of this faculty workshop is to advance research and writing in the fields of law and legal history at Brown University. The seminars feature cutting-edge research by scholars at Brown pursuing questions of law and society, the social history of law, or the history of legal ideas and institutions. The Brown Legal History Workshop meets three times per semester, and invites paper submissions on topics in and outside the US, from ancient to contemporary times, and employing diverse interpretive approaches and methodologies. Each session will feature a precirculated work-in-progress paper. To join our mailing list, please contact Professor Michael Vorenberg ( and/or Professor Faiz Ahmed ( 

Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean Colloquium (CRAM)

An informal interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from many departments and programs. CRAM meets monthly to discuss a precirculated work-in-progress paper. 

Israel-Palestine, Lands and Peoples Workshop

Law and Humanities Graduate Study Group

Established and driven by graduate students at Brown, the Law and Humanities Graduate Study Group is an interdisciplinary community of graduate students and faculty interested in a humanistic approach to the study of law. Supported by the History and English Departments, each meeting is oriented around a set of questions about law and a set of readings that help us to explore those questions. The mission is to deepen and widen the theoretical and methodological foundations that we bring to our own work. The study group will be useful not only to people who take law as their main object of study, but also to those who use legal texts as a source, or whose work somehow touches on law-related themes. To join our mailing list, please contact Sara Ludin ( and/or Jonathan Lande ( 

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 Chinese History Research Group 

This is an informal group centered around advanced research in the modern history of China, Taiwan, etc. Graduate students and undergraduates doing thesis projects or other advanced work dealing with Asian language sources and historical questions are welcome to join, regardless of discipline or concentration. We meet biweekly to circulate work in progress; report on archival or other source finds; crowdsource individual problems in framing or research; or discuss trends in the field. Those who wish to join can contact Professor Rebecca Nedostup at

Seminar in the History of the Americas and the World (SHAW)

 The SHAW seminar series (which meets occasionally throughout the year) is an effort to bring together local and outside speakers for focused engagement with JCB fellows, Brown faculty, graduate students, and other interested members of the community. We heartily encourage your participation. Contact e-mail for the pre-circulated paper:

South Asian Studies

Spatial History Lecture Series