International PhD Seminar Fall in American History / American Studies

The International PhD Seminars, organized twice a year, represent some of the most succesful activities of the RIAS. The programs facilitate knowledge exchange among doctoral students working on US history and American Studies topics all over the world. The Institute will host its next International PhD Seminar in Middelburg on 27-29 November 2024. We kindly invite applications from current doctoral candidates whose research covers any aspect of American culture, media, society, politics, or foreign relations, recent or historical.

We are particularly interested in studies in the following research areas:

  •     U.S. in the world
  •     Culture and ideology
  •     Environmental issues
  •     Race and gender studies
  •      Social justice movements, civil and political rights

We welcome proposals for research papers (e.g., a dissertation chapter) or papers that give an overview of the PhD project. Participants will present their paper and contextualize it within their research project in 15 minutes. Each presentation is followed by a group discussion of approximately 45 minutes, providing extensive opportunities for feedback.

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals, consisting of a 300-word abstract and a CV, both in pdf, no later than Sunday, 15 September 2024. These should be addressed to the seminar coordinator, J. Quené, and sent to

To support a culture of diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage proposals from students that reflect the diversity of our field in terms of gender, ethnicity, and disability.

Participants will be expected to have a paper (approximately 6,000 words) ready for pre-circulation by Friday, 8 November 2024.

The RIAS will provide accommodation and meals in Middelburg.

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