Call for Proposals: History of the Freedom of Speech Conference

Freedom of Speech, c. 1550-c. 1850

The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, which has its home at Ohio University, invites paper proposals for a conference and subsequent edited volume on the history of the freedom of speech, c. 1550-c. 1850.

The conference will be held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (7-8 April, 2017). Debora Shuger (UCLA), Ann Thomson (European University Institute), David Womersley (Oxford), and David Como (Stanford) will deliver plenary lectures.

This conference aims to promote academic discussion and to explore new research trends in the history of freedom of speech. The conference organizers welcome the work of advanced doctoral students and both young and established scholars in the fields of history, intellectual history, law and literature and other fields in which the history of free speech is a topic of research.

Proposals – which should include a 500-word abstract, a brief curriculum vitae, and current contact information – should be sent by December 23, 2016, to the conference organizers.


Professor Jason Peacey, Department of History, University College, London (
Dr. Alex Barber, Department of History, Durham University (
Dr. Robert Ingram, Department of History, Ohio University (

Notifications will be sent by January 6, 2017.

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