What do I need to submit a proposal?
The OAH proposal submission system is accessed via the OAH Portal during the open period. It is advisable to collect all information ahead of time in order to simplify and reduce any frustrations for the proposal submitter. The below information is intended as a guide to simplify the process.
1. Ensure diversity on your panel. Ideal session proposals will actively promote and include diverse sets of participants, addressing gender, racial and ethnic, sexual, religious, disability-based, and/or LGBTQ diversities. The Program Committee encourages session proposers to consider the benefits of including historians in various career paths and of various ranks (i.e., senior scholars, public historians, graduate students, independent historians, etc.) within their organizations/institutions. Most sessions should include a range of scholars representing different age, generational, and career cohorts.
2. Only submit once, either individually or as part of a session, including as a chair or commentator. Please ensure that your fellow participants are also only submitting on one proposal. If you appear on more than one submission you will be asked to drop one, rendering the submission incomplete. The system will notify you if someone is already proposed on another session.
3. Submit on time. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 11:59 PM (ET). The OAH will not accept any submissions after this date. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
4. Submit as part of a complete session. We know it can be difficult to reach out to people you may not know so we developed the Panel Building Tool to help connect with other scholars interested in building a session. See more information on the CFP page.
5. Determine whether your group plans to participate in-person or virtually (if available). The in-person and virtual series are two separate events and are not interchangeable. Please ensure that all participants agree to the policies to take part in either event. For the in-person event, participants will need to register, become members (if U.S. historians), and cover all travel costs. Virtual participants will have to register and become members of the OAH (if they are U.S. historians).
Information needed for sessions
There are several different “types” of proposals that are available for submission via the portal. All types need the same information, however some, like “paper presentations,” will need additional information. To view a full list of types please click here.
- Title – please ensure you input the title exactly as you would like it to appear in the print program (please do not use all caps)
- Abstract – the abstract should be no longer than 500 words. This is the abstract that is sent to the program committee to review and will be listed in the mobile app
- Choose three subject areas and one time period for the list below
19th Century 20th Century 21st Century Early America Survey
Agricultural and Rural
Archives and Bibliography
Business and Economy
Civil War and Reconstruction
Consumerism and Consumption
Crime and Violence
Gender and Sexuality
Gilded Age & Progressive Era
Immigration and Internal Migration
Labor and Working-Class
Legal and Constitutional
LGBTQ History and Queer Studies
Local and Community History
Material Culture and Architecture
Media and Communications
National Park Service
Nationalism and Transnationalism
Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples
Public History and Memory
Science and Technology
Science, Medicine, and Public Health
Social and Cultural
Social Welfare and Public Health
Sports and Recreation
Teaching and Pedagogy
Theory and Methodology
Transportation, Travel, and Exploration
Urban and Suburban
Visual and Performing Arts
- For all types except “paper presentations” – 100 word abstract. This information will be printed in the program.
- For “paper presentations” only – Paper titles and up to 250 word abstract for each.
- If your proposal is solicited by an affiliate group, note this in the “Solicited by Committee or Association” field. If your session is not solicited please leave blank.
- The “Additional Information” field is provided for any information you would like the program committee to be aware of, such as order of presentations. This information will not be visible in the program or website
When submitting, the proposal submitter will issue an invite to participants. Participants must respond to the invite in order to be linked and added to the session. All participants must have an OAH Member Center account in the system to be added to a submission. If a participant does not have an account, they can create one here. NOTE: you do not need to activate a membership to create an account in the system.
- Participants add their bios via the invite link. The bio is linked to the individual, not the session, so the session proposer will not be able to add the bios for the individuals.
Assistance is always available by emailing [email protected]