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The history department is home to a number of topical workshops that are central to the intellectual vibrancy of our scholarly community. Workshops are spaces where graduate students, visiting scholars, and faculty come together to share their works in progress and receive valuable feedback. This collaborative work embodies the department’s commitment to intellectual exchange in an interdisciplinary community. 

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Workshop

The American Indian Studies Workshop provides a place for graduate students and faculty members from all disciplines to come together and share research related to indigenous studies. Each meeting consists of one or two presenters who share dissertation or book chapters, articles, syllabi, conference presentations, or other works, and receive feedback from the other participants in a supportive environment. The workshop meets about eight times per semester and alternates between the East Bank and West Bank campuses each year.

Comparative Early Modern History Workshop

The Center for Early Modern History (CEMH) sponsors this workshop, which typically meets over the noon hour on most Fridays throughout the academic year. Workshops are often organized collaboratively with and co-sponsored by other departments, institutes, and centers with interests in the early modern period, making them a key site of intellectual exchange among faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who work in a similar time period but in different world areas and in a variety of disciplines. For more information, visit CEMH.

Comparative History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Workshop

The Workshop for the Comparative History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality provides a forum for discussing articles, works in progress, and dissertation and grant proposals on the history of women and gender. In particular, the aim is to create a setting where the insights of faculty and graduate students who study different regions and time periods can be brought to bear on the work discussed.

Early Modern Atlantic Workshop

The Early Modern Atlantic Workshop consists of bi-weekly meetings to discuss chapters, articles and other works-in-progress related to the early modern Atlantic world, a time and space of dense and varied cultural and economic exchanges. We consider the “Atlantic” world to encompass both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, including Africa, Europe, and all the Americas, even regions bordering the Pacific. Through these meetings, we aim to cultivate a multidisciplinary community of scholars from a variety of institutions to discuss the contours, possibilities, and limitations of the early modern Atlantic as a field of study.

Graduate Workshop in Modern History

The Graduate Workshop in Modern History provides an interdisciplinary setting where graduate students working on a dissertation chapter, article for publication or conference presentation can share their work and receive feedback from faculty and graduate students. Most of the other workshops are oriented around a specific theme, but the Graduate Workshop in Modern History offers the opportunity to share your work with an audience that you might not typically encounter. This is because the workshop welcomes scholarship in any area of the globe, indeed any subject or theme, which is historically-minded and based in the modern period (very loosely defined as 1840 to the present).

Legal History Workshop

The Program in Law and History sponsors this interdisciplinary workshop that brings together faculty and students in law, history, and other disciplines to discuss research at the intersection of history and law from the ancient to the modern world. Each year the workshop meets for one semester as a combined Workshop/Seminar (Hist. 5644/Law 6228) meeting weekly and featuring work in progress by visiting scholars. In the other semester the workshop meets biweekly and offers an opportunity for students and faculty at Minnesota to present and discuss their work in progress. For more information and the schedule, visit Program in Law and History.

Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Workshop

The Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Workshop (affectionately known as Ye Olde Workshoppe) serves as a place where graduate students studying both the medieval and early modern periods can meet to present, discuss, and receive feedback on pre-circulated works in progress such as conference papers, articles, dissertation chapters, and so on. Each workshopped paper receives commentary from a faculty member as well as graduate student colleagues. The workshop is open to graduate students throughout the university to promote interdisciplinary dialogue, to provide a greater breadth in feedback, and to foster networking among future colleagues.

For more information on any of these workshops, please contact the Department of History at