Department of History


In addition to a wide variety of colloquia, workshops, symposiums, book launches, and other special events, the History Department hosts several regular seminar series.

Southern Seminar

The Southern Seminar meets twice a semester in the Bond Library (3rd floor of Thach Hall) to workshop works in progress by faculty and graduate students on a wide range of topics in Southern history. Papers are pre-circulated, and the seminar provides a space for feedback and discussion, rather than a formal presentation of the work. Recent seminars have included discussions of race, immigration, and industrialization in late 19th-century Alabama, gender and Native American law in the 1820s and 1830s, and Southern Living magazine's reactions to 1970s feminism. 

European Studies Seminar

The European Studies Seminar meets several times a semester in the Bond Library. Following traditional seminar format, presenters give a formal full-length paper, which is followed by questions from the audience, with conversation continuing afterwards at dinner. The seminar hosts a mix of graduate students and faculty, united by their interest in European-history topics. Papers range from medieval to modern. Recent seminars have explored the cultural history of Victorian zoos, civilian mobilization in the World War II Battle of Kursk, conflicts between Charles I and the English East India Company, and the evolving attitude to the Alto Adige in Fascist Italy. 


Satyr Butterflies painted by P.H. Gosse in Alabama, 1838
Satyr Butterflies painted by P.H. Gosse in Alabama, 1838

Alabama Seminar on Early America

The Alabama Seminar on Early America is an interdisciplinary community of scholars in Alabama who study the peoples and cultures of North America and the Caribbean before 1850. Founded as a consortium of Alabama colleges and universities, the ASEA seeks to connect students and faculty to the deep expertise and intellectual enterprise across the state.  All scholars at Alabama institutions studying North America and the Caribbean, the British colonial world, and the early American republic from the beginnings of European colonization through the 1840s are invited to attend.

The ASEA sponsors a seminar series among our faculty and students. These seminars are hosted by member institutions on a rotating basis. We read and discuss precirculated papers and other work-in-progress, giving our members the chance to share their work and receive feedback from Alabama’s  broad community of early American  scholars.

Our member institutions are Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, and the University of Alabama, Huntsville. We are supported in part by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Auburn University and the Southeastern Conference Travel Grant programs.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Adam Jortner:

Last Updated: May 22, 2019