Call for Abstracts:
17th Century Warfare, Diplomacy, & Society in the American Northeast
October 17, 18, & 19, 2013

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, PO Box 3180, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1, 2013

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, in conjunction with its 15th anniversary, presents the conference, “17th Century Warfare, Diplomacy, & Society in the American Northeast.” This interdisciplinary conference reexamines the complexity of a changing cultural landscape, consequences of colonization, and warfare by bringing together scholars in fields such as American studies, anthropology, archaeology, history, ethnohistory, geography, literature and Native American studies.

Prospective conference sessions may embrace:

  • Causes and consequences of inter-Native and European-Native wars or discussions of specific conflicts such as the Pequot War, Kieft’s War, Mourning Wars, King Philip’s War, etc.
  • Native, English, Dutch, French, etc., societies, colonies, and borderland communities
  • Contemporary Native views and interpretations of 17th century wars, society and diplomacy
  • Native and European military tactics, fortifications, and material culture, etc.
  • Political alliances, negotiations, treaties, legal strategies, and modes of communication
  • The fur trade, early colonial economic studies, and slavery and servitude
  • Inter-cultural connections, gender studies, religious studies, and race, ethnicity, and class

Abstract Requirements

  • Title of presentation/paper
  • 250 word abstract describing presentation/paper
  • Name of author(s)
  • Institutional affiliation of author(s), if applicable
  • Contact information: mailing address, phone, and email
  • Send electronically in Microsoft Word .doc or PDF formats

Submission: Email abstracts by February 1, 2013, to Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, Include “Abstract Submission, October 2013 Conference” in the subject line.

Notification: You will receive an email notification no later than February 5, 2013, if your abstract has been received. All submitted abstracts undergo review and selection by conference committee. Abstracts highlighting Connecticut and/or Native history and culture are highly encouraged. Conference registration information and program will be sent by email or address by May 1, 2013.

Paper Length: Presentations are not to exceed 15 minutes in length (approximately 12 double-spaced pages). Papers may be assembled into an edited conference volume at a future date following the conference.

Questions? Contact any of the following people below:

Kevin McBride,, 860.386.6814
Ashley Bissonnette,, 860.396.6803
David Naumec,, 860.396.6868
Laurie Pasteryak,,  860.396.6804