Opportunities for Historians

Calls for Papers

CFP: Campuses and Colonialism Symposium

DEADLINE: September 20, 2019

In 2020–2021, UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South and SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies are co-sponsoring a year-long seminar on Campuses and Colonialism that aims to consider the roles and responsibilities of U.S. institutions of higher learning in histories of settler colonialism. We propose that campuses consider how these histories are woven together in faculty research, graduate and undergraduate recruitment and retention, curriculum offerings, built environments, labor practices, and more. 

We invite scholars to consider a variety of questions:

  • How have universities wittingly and unwittingly been institutions of colonialism?
  • What forces have challenged and transformed institutional relationships to Native populations and cultures?
  • What is the relationship between the study of slavery and global Indigenous studies?
  • What should universities remember and share about their histories?
  • How have Native communities built relationships with universities and changed them?
  • How have universities and/or Native people challenged assimilation, as a policy and an assumption?
  • How can universities act as agents of decolonization and decolonial thinking?
  • How can we surface scholars’ leadership in establishing and maintaining the institutional structures that support AIS and Indigenous scholars and students?

The deadline is September 20, 2019, with a fall 2020 seminar in Taos, NM, and a spring 2021 seminar in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Posted: June 18, 2019
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CFP: IASPM-US 2020 Conference “BPM: Bodies, Places, Movements”

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019

IASPM-US 2020 Conference: “BPM: Bodies, Places, Movements”
May 21–23, 2020
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter (IASPM-US) invites proposals for its annual conference, which will take place in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan on May 21–23, 2020. We welcome abstracts on all aspects of popular music, broadly defined, from any discipline or profession, and especially encourage submissions on the many rich popular music histories of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.
The theme for this year’s conference is “BPM: Bodies, Places, Movements,” which intersects with Detroit and its storied place in rhythm and blues, rock, punk, pop, hip-hop, and electronic dance music, and is intended to connect the histories, philosophies, and practices of urban spaces to other historical and global popular music communities. Each year Detroit celebrates this local-meets-global history with the Movement Electronic Music Festival, which in 2020 will commence the same weekend as the IASPM-US conference.
BPM as a marker for “Beats Per Minute” was first included on records to allow DJs to sync disco and funk selections together on the fly and has since become an important digital tool to create, alter, and interweave tracks. In addition to its practical musical applications, the creation of BPM encodes an array of social and cultural histories: urban migration; industrialization and its reverberations in deindustrialization and urban renewal; the cultural, racial, and class politics of white flight, capital departure, and gentrification; social movements from the Second Great Awakening, Civil Rights, and Fair Housing through neo-conservatism, white nationalism, and millennial populism; and the myriad communities that articulate their ideals, utopias, frustrations, and joys through popular music and its attendant practices, in garages, studios, music halls, warehouses, and digital spaces. Topics to consider include (but are not limited to):      

  • Bodies: identities, abilities, practices, performances, communities, bodies of work, raced, classed, gendered, and sexualized bodies, modes of embodiment
  • Places: Cities, suburbs, small towns, virtual and digital spaces, stages, studios, basements, exclusive and inclusive spaces
  • Movements: social, cultural, and political movements, motilities, dance, migration, displacement

IASPM-US is a multidisciplinary organization and invites proposals from and across all fields of scholarly inquiry. Conference proposals from intellectuals from outside of academia, including teachers, museum and archive professionals, musicians and music professionals, and independent scholars, are encouraged. IASPM-US is also a friendly conference for students at all levels. We especially welcome proposals from members of underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, women, Black/African American, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with disabilities, and people from LGBTQ+ communities, as well as people of different ages, socio/economic classes, nationalities, and religions.

This year’s program committee consists of Justin Patch (chair), Anthony Kwame Harrison, K. E. Goldschmitt, Brian F. Wright, Rebekah Farrugia, and Kathryn Metz. 

Please submit proposals via Word document to iaspmus2020@gmail.com with “last name, first name” in the subject line no later than midnight October 1, 2019. Individual submissions should include a paper title, the presenter’s name, contact information and a 250-word abstract that identifies the methodology used, states the paper’s goals, summarizes the context and argument of the paper, and includes a brief conclusion. Organized panels, consisting of 3–4 papers, should include a 250-word description of the panel’s rationale and goals, and a 250-word abstract for each individual participating in the panel. Roundtables, consisting of a moderated conversation with 4–6 participants, require a single 250-word abstract and a list of roundtable members, and should designate one person as the panel chair. All individual presentations are limited to 20 minutes with a 10-minute question and answer period. Roundtables and organized panels can be allotted up to a two-hour time slot. Abstracts not adhering to the word count will not be considered.
Please note: All conference presenters must be registered IASPM members (or must register after paper, panel, or roundtable acceptance). 

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Posted: August 26, 2019
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NCPH 2020 Annual Meeting Call for Posters

DEADLINE: October 7, 2019

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) call for posters for the 2020 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia is now open through October 7, 2019. Poster proposers will be informed of their acceptance by late October. Please note that all accepted poster presenters must submit a non-refundable registration fee for the annual meeting by January 1, 2020 to secure their space on the 2020 Program. Submit via the form at  http://bit.ly/NCPH2020posters

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Posted: August 26, 2019
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CFP: Reporting World War II: American Correspondents on the Front-Lines

DEADLINE: October 15, 2019

The Contemporary History Institute (Ohio University), the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience (Florida State University), and Stars and Stripes are inviting papers for a symposium at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on April 23–24, 2020, titled: “Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines.” We are especially interested in newspaper reporting, magazines, and soldiers’ newspapers, but we would also consider scholarship on radio reporting and other forms of media. Participants should be prepared to present a paper at the symposium and provide a roughly 8,000-word chapter contribution for a planned book volume with Fordham University Press by the end of summer 2020 (jointly edited by G. Kurt Piehler and Ingo Trauschweizer). Themes and issues can be comparative in nature but some aspect of every paper/chapter should focus on American media.

If interested in being considered for the symposium, please submit a 500–750 word abstract and a CV by October 15, 2019, to Professor G. Kurt Piehler at kpiehler@fsu.edu

Please place in the title line: Reporting World War II Conference. Conference conveners will provide hotel accommodations for those presenting papers. When submitting your proposal, please indicate whether you request a stipend to help defray travel costs. The organizers will be able to provide limited grants for travel with first preference going to those who lack any institutional support. The Reporting World War II conference is funded in part by Iron Mountain, which is undertaking the digitization of the Cornelius Ryan Collection at Ohio University’s Vernon R. Alden Library. Cornelius Ryan was a journalist and the author of the Longest Day, which documented the history of Operation Overlord (D-Day), the opening of the Second Front in France on June 6, 1944. The Ryan Collection contains an extensive range of first-hand accounts from military and civilian participants in D-Day and other pivotal events.

The Institute on World War II and Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University maintains one of the largest archives documenting the human dimension of World War II. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming, and the foremost collection of aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history and ground breaking technology. Fordham University Press currently publishes seventy interdisciplinary books annually, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, including the World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension series edited by G. Kurt Piehler. Stars and Stripes is an independent and first-amendment protected U.S. Department of Defense media organization composed of military and civilian reporters whose mission is to provide unique and military-centric news and information to the U.S. military community.

Contact Professors G. Kurt Piehler (kpiehler@fsu.edu; 850-644-9541) or Ingo Trauschweizer (trauschw@ohio.edu; 740-593-4349) with questions or requests for more information.

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Posted: September 11, 2019
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The Society for Applied Anthropology Call for Papers

DEADLINE: October 15, 2019

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers, and posters) for the Program of the 80th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM, March 17–21, 2020. The theme of the Program is “Cultural Citizenship and Diversity in Complex Societies.”

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2019. 

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Posted: June 27, 2019
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Call for Participants: 2020 Southern Studies Conference Hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery

DEADLINE: October 21, 2019

January 31–February 1, 2020

Now in its twelfth year, the Southern Studies Conference, hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery, explores themes related to the American South across a wide array of disciplines and methodologies. Registrants to the two-day conference enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels, two distinguished keynote speakers, and a lecture and exhibition by a visiting artist. This coming year, the Conference includes an opening reception, the evening of January 30th, a professional session oriented towards graduate student attendees, a graduate student poster session competition, and a voluntary Montgomery-based cultural outing on the afternoon of Saturday, February 1st.

The 2020 Southern Studies Conference keynote speakers and visiting artist are distinguished Southern historian Dan T. Carter, who will reflect upon the future of Southern Studies as a discipline; Jodi Skipper, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Southern Studies at University of Mississippi; and photographer Johanna Warwick, whose exhibition “The Bottom” engages with issues of race, class, urban planning, and the built environment in Baton Rouge, LA.

The 2020 Conference Committee invites proposals for pre-formed 90-minute panels or individual twenty minute academic papers or creative presentations on any aspect of Southern Studies (broadly defined), including those relating to the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, history, literature, theater, music, communications, political science, economics, and sociology. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to this theme are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Southern Economies
  • Southern food studies
  • Pedagogy and the teaching of Southern topics
  • Canonicity and the South
  • Slavery and the American South
  • Civil War narratives
  • Southern archives, museums, and collections
  • Civil Rights narratives
  • Southern Geographies
  • Explorations of race and conflict in the South
  • Religion in the South
  • Southern literature
  • History of science or medicine in the South
  • Southern arts (in any medium or genre)
  • Southern architecture
  • Explorations of the Southern worker
  • Southern politics
  • Anthropological studies of the South
  • Sociological studies of the South
  • Southern music
  • Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas
  • Native American topics of the South
  • Stories of immigration/migration and border crossings
  • Contemporary re/mis-conceptions of "The South"
  • Presentations by artists/performers/writers working in the South/making work about the South

Proposals can be emailed to southernstudies@aum.edu. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 2-page CV for an individual twenty-minute academic paper or creative presentation proposal. Pre-formed 90-minute panel applications should include a 250-word description of the panel, list of speakers and chair/respondent, if applicable, and individual 2-page CV for each participant.

The deadline for submission is Monday, October 21, 2019. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend, if accepted. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by November 2019.

For more information, visit the conference website, or contact Naomi Slipp, Conference Director and Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery: nslipp@aum.edu.20 Southern Studies Conference at AUM.

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Posted: August 26, 2019
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Vernacular Architecture Forum Call for Papers and Posters

DEADLINE: November 3, 2019

Vernacular Architecture Forum 2020 Annual Meeting, Vernacular Landscapes of San Antonio and Central Texas, May 6 to May 9, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas.

The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper and poster proposals for its 39th Annual Conference, Vernacular Landscapes of San Antonio and Central Texas. The paper and poster sessions will be on Saturday, May 9. They may address topics relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide and how people use these sites. 
Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome. We encourage papers and posters focusing on vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes of Texas, as well as issues of displacement, migration, acculturation, revival architecture, and African Americans in slavery and freedom in borderlands. 

Students and young professionals may apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 to presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. 

The deadline for proposals in November 2, 2019

Submitting a paper proposal: 
Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions are welcome. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Make sure to indicate if your proposal is being submitted as part of a complete session. Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, and a one-page c.v. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers are encouraged to attend the entire conference. Speakers must register by March 1, 2020, or their paper will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the conference and delivering your paper on Saturday, May 9, 2020

The proposal and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to papers@vafweb.org. All proposals received will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your paper within one week of its submission, please contact Andrew Dolkart, chair of the papers committee directly at asd3@columbia.edu

Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships:
VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who received a degree in 2019, is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops.

To apply, submit with your proposal a one-page attachment with “Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship” at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.

Submitting a poster proposal: 
In addition to the paper sessions, VAF 2020 San Antonio will host a poster session to showcase recently completed research and works-in-progress. Students and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to submit. Proposals should include a title and abstract (200 words). Deadline for submission is November 3, 2019. Upon acceptance, poster contributors will be provided a poster template, which must be used. 

Posters will be showcased in the conference book room with dedicated discussion times during paper session breaks and receptions. 

Submit poster proposals via the Google Form: https://forms.gle/VreUnow27AcPsRag6

Email questions to Brent Fortenberry at brent.fortenberry@gmail.com.

For general information about the San Antonio conference, please visit the VAF website or contact Michelle Weaver Jones, VAF Conference Planner, conference@vafweb.org.

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Posted: September 9, 2019
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CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

DEADLINE: February 2, 2020

CFP: U.S. Catholic Historian: U.S. Catholics and Non-Christians

For more than thirty-five years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism. An upcoming issue will address the theme of Catholics and non-Christians. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, historical studies of the following:

  • U.S. Catholics' engagement with religious traditions including Islam, Judaism, Atheism/Communism, Native American religions, etc.
  • Missionary efforts among non-Christians in the United States
  • U.S. Catholic theological engagement with non-Christian thinkers
  • Dialogues between Catholics and non-Christian groups
  • Catholic participation in the World's Parliament of Religions (1893) and similar meetings
  • Ethnic succession that has placed Catholics and non-Christians in geographic proximity to one another

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at DEandres@mtsm.org before preparing a contribution.


Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words.


We ask for submissions by February 1, 2020 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.


Posted: March 13, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers