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Academic Conferences

The Huntington hosts academic conferences every year open to the public. Conference details are available approximately two months prior to the conference date on the calendar. Conference registration does not include entrance to the research library. For information about becoming a researcher, visit Using the Library.

Upcoming Conferences


April 1213, 2024
Gods, Guns, and Gardens: China and the West, from the Manchu Conquest to the Opium Wars
Convener: Tonio Andrade (Emory University)

May 2324, 2024
Futurity as Praxis: Learning from Octavia E. Butler
Conveners: Andre Carrington (UC Riverside) & Sherryl Vint (UC Riverside)

Sept. 27-28, 2024
Extra Extra! The Material History of the Visually Altered Book
Conveners: Julie Park (Pennsylvania State University), Adam Smyth (Balliol College, Oxford)

November 1-2, 2024
Storm Cloud
Conveners: Karla Nielsen (The Huntington), Melinda McCurdy (The Huntington), Kate Flint (USC)


January 17-18, 2025
Abortion in American History: Intimate Decisions, Medical Knowledge, and Legal Decrees in the Two Centuries Before Roe v. Wade
Convener: Patricia Cline Cohen (UC Santa Barbara)

March 21-22, 2025
Music in the Early Modern Spanish Americas, Performance Spaces, and Archives
Conveners: Savannah Esquivel (UC Riverside), Cesar Favila (UCLA)

April 4-5, 2025
The Geological Imagination in the Long Nineteenth Century
Conveners: Nina Armstutz (University of Oregon), Stephanie O’Rourke (University of St. Andrews)

May 16-17, 2025
The South Sea Company and the Atlantic Slave Trade
Conveners: Nicholas Radburn (Lancaster University), Daniel Domingues da Silva (Rice University)

May 30-31, 2025
The Americas’ Civil War Era: Diverse Histories
Conveners: Christopher Clark (University of Connecticut), Verónica Castillo-Muñoz (UC Santa Barbara)

Previous Conferences


Feb. 2324, 2024
Shaping Black Modernisms: Art, Culture, and Community in California
Conveners: Jacqueline Francis (California College of the Arts), John Bowles (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Dennis Carr (The Huntington) & Lauren Cross (The Huntington)

March 12, 2024
Ecologies of Photography: Materials, Industries, and Environment in the American West
Monica Bravo (USC) & Carolin Gorgen (Sorbonne)


Dec. 89, 2023
Correspondence and Embodiment: The Bluestocking Corpus Online | Verso story about the conference
Conveners: Nicole Pohl (Oxford Brookes University) & Anna Senkiw (Oxford Brookes University)

Nov. 34, 2023
Maritime History from Below: Re-Thinking Societies and the Sea | Verso story about the conference
James Davey (University of Exeter) & Kevin Dawson (UC Merced)

Sept. 2223, 2023
Paintings, Peepshows, and Porcupines: Exhibitions in London, 1775-1851 | Verso story about the conference
Conveners: Jordan Bear (University of Toronto) & Catherine Roach (Virginia Commonwealth University)

June 23, 2023
Slave Trading in the Spanish and British Atlantic Worlds
Conveners: Greg O’Malley (UC Santa Cruz) & Emily Berquist Soule (CSU Long Beach)

April 2122, 2023
Objects, Pathways, and Afterlives: Tracing Material Cultures in Early America | Verso story about the conference
Conveners: Jennifer Van Horn (University of Delaware), Scott Manning Stevens (Syracuse), Christina DeLucia (Williams College), Tiya Miles (Harvard)


Sept. 1617, 2022
Law and New Media
Convener Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University)

Oct. 1415, 2022
Centering Race and Disability in Histories of Eugenics
Conveners: Alexandra Minna Stern (Michigan) & Natalie Lira (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Nov. 1112, 2022
Imagining Shakespeare in 2050
Convener: Ayanna Thompson (Arizona State University)

Dec. 89, 2022
Race and Place in Nineteenth-Century New York State: Rethinking William S. Seward and Thomas Cole
Conveners: Graham Hodges (Colgate) & Tim Barringer (Yale)