European Early American Studies Association

European Early American Studies Association

The European Early American Studies American is designed to foster international collaboration between early Americanists throughout Europe. As such, it provides a multilateral European alternative for the practice of early American history - an increasingly international field - different from normal bilateral relationships between individual Europeanists and scholars and institutions in North America.

It will provide a means whereby European early Americanists can share their work with other Europeanists without the expense and difficulty of presenting such work in America. Such a network will be of potentially great value to postgraduate students and to European scholars with limited resources who find it difficult to accommodate themselves to American intellectual patterns. It build on the successful establishment of an early American network within Britain (the British Group in Early American History), which has held annual conferences on North American history for over a decade. It also builds on the networks established in early American history (marked by the formation of a Scientific Committee on early American history) at the first European network on early American history held in Paris, December 2006.

The principal aim of the European Network in Early American History is to establish fora where European scholars will meet to exchange ideas and do research. This is especially important at a time when European and American agendas in contemporary politics and in institutional assumptions are more divergent than for many years. The network will host biannual conferences at European venues (Venice 2008, Paris 2010, Spain/Portgual 2012, Germany 2014) where European scholars will present work to other European early Americanists and to scholars from North America. It will, through its Scientific Committee, serve as a clearing house for collaborative bids to European funding bodies and will serve as an institutional link with important stakeholders in Europe and in America (such as BGEAH and the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture). It will, under the auspices of the Virtual Research Group in Early Modern History at the University of Warwick, host virtual meetings on early American history with European colleagues. It will provide opportunities for postgraduate students, both at biannual conferences and through research meetings in individual European countries, with opportunities to present their work to a diverse European group of scholars. Most importantly, the network will connect European scholars with developing early American scholarship that stresses the cosmopolitan origins of early American history.

In this evolving scholarship, European early Americanists can play a vital part. They are well-placed to show, through researches in European archives and through increasing participation in a European as opposed to an American network of scholars, how a European perspective on early American history can complicate and enrich an early American scholarship that is increasingly focused on Atlantic rather than purely American links. Since 2010 we have had a flourishing and self-sustaining network of European scholars interested in early American history that interacts with each other on a regular basis at networked events in varying locales throughout Europe. One feature of this network is the wide variety of European countries that will be represented in the network. Key partners in the network are the University of Warwick, the University of Paris, the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture and the University of Cambridge, but it will extend beyond the well-established early American historical networks in Britain and France to include substantial representation from southern and eastern Europe. The activities of the network will be disseminated through a dedicated website for early American history in Europe.


The EEASA's main webpage is:



The current chair of EEASA is Susanne Lachenicht, University of Bayreuth. If you have any comments or questions about the website please contact Dr Tim Lockley.

The European Early American Studies Association is managed by a Scientific Committee.

In 2013 the membership is:

Chair: Susanne Lachenicht Universitat Bayreuth

Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Université Paris 7 (past-president)

Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne (past-president)

Csaba Levai University of Debrecen 

Simon Newman, University of Glasgow

Steven Sarson, University of Wales, Swansea

Monica Henry Université Paris Est Créteil

Webmaster: Tim Lockley, University of Warwick

Andrew O’Shaughnessy, International Center for Jefferson Studies (Hon. member)

Max Edling, King's College London

Irmina Wawrzyczek Marie Curie Sklodowska University

Zbigniew Mazur, Marie Curie Sklodowska University

Allan Potofsky, Université Paris 8

Oliver Scheiding, Universitaet Mainz

Claire Bourhis-Mariotti (secretary) University of Cergy Pontoise


Naomi Wulf Prize

The European Early American Studies Association (EEASA) together with the Journal of Early American History (JEAH) are delighted to announce the Naomi Wulf Prize for the best paper presented at the biannual European Early American Studies Association conference. EEASA and JEAH awarded the prize for the first time to Elena Schneider, Omohundro Institute, whose paper "Imperial Imaginings in the Spanish Atlantic During the Era of the Seven Years’ War" was presented at the 2012 conference: “Empire and Imagination in Early America and the Atlantic World.”

The peer-reviewed Journal of Early American History, first published in 2011, is dedicated to the advancement of scholarly understanding of the history of the colonization of the Americas and appears three times annually. It offers investigations of any aspect of American history from the late fifteenth century to 1830 to a broad audience of historians.

The Naomi Wulf Prize is named in honor of our late French colleague, Naomi Wulf, who was one of the founders of EEASA and was actively involved in organizing the 2008 and 2010 EEASA conferences. The prize will be awarded in the wake of every bi-annual conference. The prize entails specific consideration for publication in the JEAH (after going through the usual review process), a cash prize of 500 Euros, plus a one-year free subscription to the Journal of Early American History. The prize can only be awarded to a participant to the most recent EEASA conference (in December, every two years), after they have submitted a written version of their paper to the EEASA board, and indicated their agreement to have the paper considered for the prize. The selection process involves the EEASA board and one member of the JEAH editorial board. The prize will be awarded within four months after the conference. The prize shall be announced on the EEASA and JEAH websites.