2022 Call For Proposals: A Guide for Virtual Submissions

Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University, OAH President-Elect

At the same time that we remain deeply committed to “The Indigenous” as a critical organizing principle for our annual meeting, the 2022 Program Committee also recognizes the important transformations accompanying the conjunctural crises of mid-2020—pandemic disease, economic dislocation, mass resistance to structural racial inequity, and continued degradation of the American political system.  While we cannot anticipate the uncertainties of the months that lie ahead, we know that the work of making sense of the present demands the insights of history and the labor of historians. We issue this revised call in June 2020, with an invitation to members of the Organization of American Historians to propose bold, ambitious sessions that engage both the long and recent histories of the unfolding present...Still in development, the Digital OAH meeting will run parallel to and yet in close connection with the meeting in Boston, with different fee structures and perhaps distinct organizing principles.  It will draw on experiences yet to be experienced, as conferences, teaching and other digital formats are developed and tested over the next two years.  As a program committee, we are frankly guessing at what may be possible and appropriate in 2022, and so we welcome the innovation and creativity of our members as we contemplate together possibilities for the future.

Read the full 2022 Call for Proposals here.


Online sessions at the 2022 Organization of American Historians meeting should be sites for experimentation and innovation, and opportunities to reach out to audiences—K-12 teachers, public historians, adjunct faculty and community college instructors, those with limits on their ability to travel, and even a general public—who otherwise might not be able to join in the activities of the OAH meeting. As most professional organizations move their meetings online, various strategies have emerged. You may wish to consider some of the following possibilities, or to go beyond them:

  •  Pre-recorded video or pre-circulated papers, accessible to conference attendees, with a session dedicated to comments and extended conversation
  •  Livestream, recorded for wider distribution
  •  Livestream, not recorded
  •  Creative Work: film and performance-based, virtual field trips, museum/gallery-based presentations, live demonstrations

You may wish to frame your proposal around particular formats:

  • Roundtables, Workshops, Discussions
  • Pedagogical Work: focused on archives, methods, teaching strategies, curriculum. We are exploring certification processes for K-12 teachers, who generally express the need for discrete, text-based, ready-made classroom materials linked to larger themes.
  • Public Talks, aimed at a wide audience, engaged with social media and other possibilities for distribution
  • Experimental: As we noted in the CFP, the online meeting will “draw on experiences yet to be experienced, as conferences, teaching and other digital formats are developed and tested over the next two years. As a program committee, we are frankly guessing at what may be possible and appropriate in 2022, and so we welcome the innovation and creativity of our members as together we contemplate possibilities for the future.”

Posted: November 13, 2020
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia