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Friends in All the Right Places: The Newest Legal History

· October 8th, 2019 · 1 Comment

Today’s post accompanies “American Legal History and the Bill of Rights,” episode 259 of Ben Franklin’s World and part of Doing History 4: Understanding the Fourth Amendment. By Gautham Rao In 1965 a lawyer named Malcolm S. Mason wrote an article for the Journal of Legal Education with a simple problem: legal history was boring.… Read More »

Introducing Commonplace.online

· September 30th, 2019 · No Comments

By Joshua R. Greenberg, editor of Commonplace.online What is it like for a scholar to read the entire back catalog of a publication without a specific research or teaching agenda in mind? For me, it has been like assembling a very complicated jigsaw puzzle. Let me explain. As of September 30th, Commonplace: the journal of… Read More »

Meet Karin Amundsen

· September 26th, 2019 · 1 Comment

Karin Amundsen is the 2019-2021 OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellow. I am a historian of early modern Britain and the Atlantic World focusing on the influence of alchemy and metallurgy in the development of English colonization. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Southern California with support from the Institute of Historical Research, the USC-Huntington Early… Read More »

A symposium on digitizing #VastEarlyAmerica

· September 18th, 2019 · 2 Comments

by Molly O’Hagan Hardy Next week, The Omohundro Institute will host a group of scholars working in special collections, academia, and grant funding agencies to discuss the past, present, and future of the digitization of the vast early American record. Specifically, the group will focus on the  Lapidus Initiative Digital Collections Fellowships, an effort the… Read More »

The benefits of publishing as part of a forum

· September 12th, 2019 · No Comments

Allan Greer reflects on his experience publishing his piece “Settler Colonialism and Empire in Early America” in the July 2019 edition of the William and Mary Quarterly. The July edition includes the forum “Settler Colonialism in Early American History,” edited by Jeffrey Ostler and Nancy Shoemaker. by Allan Greer, McGill University For authors, one of the great… Read More »

The OI’s Working Group on Inclusive Practice

· September 9th, 2019 · No Comments

by Karin Wulf Starting later this month, the OI will convene a Working Group on Inclusive Practice.  The OI’s Executive Board has charged me, together with the OI’s Council Chair, Jennifer Morgan, with bringing this group together to consider inclusivity throughout our programming, including our publications, meetings, fellowships, and more.  All current and former members… Read More »

County Plats: Evidence of a 17th-Century Virginian Cartographic Culture

· August 30th, 2019 · 2 Comments

by Nathan Braccio Today’s post is courtesy of Nathan Braccio, an Omohundro Institute–Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation fellow. Nathan spent a month in Williamsburg at the OI and Jamestown this summer. During my month in Williamsburg I conducted research for my dissertation, “Parallel Landscapes: Algonquian and English Spatial Epistemologies 1500-1700.” While the bulk of my research focuses… Read More »