2020 OAH Call for Proposals
Submissions will be accepted between December 3, 2018 and February 1, 2019
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Call for Proposals
NEW: Use the OAH Annual Meeting Crossroads to find collaborators or contribute to a proposal for the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting
For centuries now, questions of “equality” and “inequality” have informed American politics and culture, and also appeared repeatedly in the histories we write, exhibit, and teach. How have the meanings of equality and inequality changed over time? How have equality and inequality, as ideas and practice, shaped--and been shaped by-- the state and its institutions, international relations and transnational circulations, economic distributions and relations of (re)production, social hierarchies and social movements, science and religion, and vernacular geographies and the micro-interactions of everyday embodied life? As keywords in historians’ lexicon, how do equality and inequality expand and limit our studies of the past? In a critical election year, how do the histories of equality and inequality help us understand the United States and its place in the world today? The 2020 OAH Annual Meeting will address the theme of (In)Equalities in our past and present.
The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all areas and eras of early American and U.S. history, broadly conceived. While (in)equalities might characterize virtually every subject that historians study and teach, the committee does not expect all papers and sessions to adhere to the conference theme. The OAH meeting is a site for wide-ranging conversation, a place to talk across subfields, to experiment with methods, topics, and presentation, and especially to learn from one another. The committee encourages proposals for panels, workshops, and roundtables that employ new media and methodologies, transcend traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries, and showcase work that reaches out to a broader public. We welcome teaching sessions, particularly those that involve the audience as active participants.
The program will reflect the full diversity of the OAH membership in the United States and abroad. We aim to include public historians, archivists, and independent scholars as well as those teaching at universities, colleges, community colleges, and secondary schools. Whenever possible, proposals should include presenters of different genders, different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and different levels of seniority in the profession. We prefer to receive proposals for complete sessions but will consider individual paper proposals as well.
PROPOSAL SUBMITTER RESPONSIBILITIES: Upon review of the submissions, the Program Committee will only announce a "pending acceptance" or a "rejection." If you receive a pending acceptance it is the proposal submitter's responsibility to ensure that each session participant, regardless of role, completes their speaker agreement within the requested deadline (typically July 1). Once all agreements have been completed, only then will the session be officially accepted. If the agreements are not received by the deadline, the pending acceptance is void.
The proposal submitter is also asked to inform the OAH at the close of the Annual Meeting if any session participants failed to appear without prior notification.
Please ensure each participant reads important notes prior to submission.
2020 OAH Annual Meeting Program Committee
Margot Canaday, (Cochair), Princeton University
Craig Steven Wilder, (CoChair), MIT
Kornel Chang, Rutgers-Newark
Babette Faehmel, Schenectady Community College
Thavolia Glymph, Duke University
Mireya Loza, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University
Andrew Preston, Cambridge University
Brett Rushforth, University of Oregon
Brenda Santos, Achievement First
Like Program Committees past, we encourage sessions in a variety of formats—traditional panels composed of three papers and a comment, but also sessions of a single paper of unusual significance with several commentators, round tables of several brief papers that explore a significant issue or assess the state of a field, workshops, and sessions devoted to teaching. A descriptive list of session formats is found below.
All sessions will be 90 minutes in length, with the exception of workshops, which may run longer.
Twenty-five minutes should be reserved for discussion.
If the proposed session takes the traditional form of a series of papers with a comment, proposers should take into account the 90-minute slot, with 25 minutes reserved for discussion, when developing the proposal.
Please remember that all sessions except workshops are 90 minutes in length and that 25 minutes should be reserved for discussion.
Paper Session: The traditional session format, paper sessions feature a chair, three or four papers, and one or two commentators. A single paper can have one or more presenters.
Panel Discussion: Panel discussions include a group of people discussing one topic, such as a film, a new text, or a tribute to a well-known scholar. Each panelist speaks on a distinct topic relating to the session theme. These sessions include a chair, three to five panelists, and no commentator.
Roundtable Discussion: Roundtable discussions include a group of experts discussing a topic. A moderator leads the discussion, but all participants speak equally about the topic, with no distinct topic assigned to each participant. These sessions include a chair, three to five participants, and no commentator.
State of the Field: In these panels senior historians and new professionals discuss a subfield of American history in depth. These panels have one chair, two or three panelists, and no commentator. These sessions will be recorded.
Workshop: A workshop is a training session where the presenters work directly with participants to teach them a new skill or concept. Workshops are usually small, so the group can participate in the learning and interact with the presenters.Please indicate the length needed for the workshop. These sessions often have one or two presenters.
Debate: A debate is a regulated discussion of an issue with two matched sides. Debates have one moderator, two or more panelists, and no commentators.
Single Paper: Single paper proposals include a paper that the presenter would like the program committee to join with other single paper proposals or small sessions. The committee can only place single papers if other papers pair well to create a complete session. We encourage you to utilize the OAH Online Member Directory or use the NEW: OAH Crossroads to connect with other historians in your field to construct a full proposal for consideration.
Chat Seminar: 45-minute seminars that encourage discussion, debate, and conversation about topics trending in the field of American history. Each chat is led by 1-2 moderators who are not content providers, but instead direct and guide the conversation. Chats take place over the lunch period on the Saturday of the conference only. Chats include one or two moderators, and no commentators, panelists, or presenters.
Film Screening: Film screenings usually show all or a portion of a film and include a question-and-answer segment with the filmmaker and producers. Film screenings have a chair and one or more panelists.
Advance Text Session: Substantial papers are offered online three weeks prior to the convention to be discussed in detail during the meeting. These sessions include a chair, the paper author who will make introductory comments for 5 minutes only, and one or more commentators, with a minimum of 45 minutes reserved for audience discussion.