January 20, 2012

Organization of American Historians Call for Papers

On Monday, we promised a link to the AAR CFP, as well as instructions for submitting through the online system. Unfortunately, that information will not be available until Monday, 1/23. We will provide a link for you then! In the meantime, there is another conference that readers of this blog might be interested in. The 2013 OAH meeting will be held in San Francisco, and the theme is "Entangled Histories." For those of you that are historians of religion in the American West might find rich metaphors in thinking about entanglement. This conference also encourages panels on teaching, including panels that are collaborations between public historians, public school teachers, as well as graduate students and faculty members. The deadline is February 15.

Entangled Histories: Connections, Crossings, and Constraints in U.S. History
Hilton San Francisco
San Francisco, California
April 11-14, 2013

The theme for the 2013 OAH Annual Meeting will be “Entangled Histories: Connections, Crossings, and Constraints in U.S. History.” The history of the United States is one of entanglement: trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, and cross-border interactions; conflicts and collaborations based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, and class; intersections and crossings at all scales from the global to the intimate. The theme for the 2013 conference seeks to examine and complicate a broad range of “entanglements” in U.S. history, paying attention to both the possibilities as well as the limitations of these interactions. OAH will begin accepting proposals for the 2013 meeting on October 1, 2011.

The 2013 Organization of American Historians Program Committee seeks a wide-ranging program that will cover the full chronological sweep of the American past, from pre-Columbian years to the twenty-first century, and the rich thematic diversity that has come to characterize contemporary American history writing and teaching. The program aims to include those teaching at universities, colleges, community colleges, and secondary schools, public historians, and independent scholars.

The program committee invites the submission of panels and presentations that deal with these and other issues and themes in American history. We welcome teaching sessions, particularly those involving the audience as active participants or those that reflect collaborative partnerships among teachers, historians, and history educators at all levels. We urge presenters to continue the ongoing transition from simply reading papers to more actively “teaching” the topic of their sessions. Roundtables and workshops offer an excellent format for this. We prefer to receive proposals for complete sessions, but will consider individual paper proposals as well.

The program should reflect the full diversity of the OAH membership in the United States and abroad. Wherever possible, proposals should include presenters of different genders and different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Panels should also represent a range of historians (public and academic) and history professionals, wherever they are employed and at varying levels of seniority in the profession. We encourage more senior historians in particular, to present their own research. We welcome debate on challenging and controversial issues.

Registration and Membership Requirements

All participants are required to register for the Annual Meeting. Participants who specialize in American history and support themselves as American historians are also required to be members of the OAH. Participants representing other disciplines do not have to be members.

Repeat Participation

OAH policy prohibits individuals from participating in two consecutive annual meetings in the same role and limits individuals to appearing only once on the program in a given year. If you have questions about this policy, please email the OAH meetings department.

Submission Procedure
Please download proposal system instructions before beginning your submission. Complete session proposals most often include a chair, participants, and, if applicable, one or two commentators (chairs may double as commentators, and commentators may be omitted in order for the audience to serve in that role). Session membership should be limited by the need to include substantial time for audience questions and comments.
All proposals must include the following information:
  • a complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation for each participant
  • an abstract of no more than 500 words for the session as a whole
  • a prospectus of no more than 250 words for each presentation; and
  • a vita of no more than 500 words for each participant

Submission Deadline
The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

2013 OAH Annual Meeting Program Committee
Thomas A. Guglielmo, George Washington University, Cochair
Erika Lee, University of Minnesota, Cochair
Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan
Donald Fixico, Arizona State University
David Igler, University of California, Irvine
Kelly Lytle Hernández, University of California, Los Angeles
Joe W. Trotter, Carnegie Mellon University
Kariann Akemi Yokota, Yale University

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