2022 OAH Conference on American History

The 2022 OAH Conference on American History is currently slated to be held in Boston, March 31-April 3, 2022. The OAH will continue to monitor COVID-19 and will provide updates, directives, and additional information closer to the conference dates.

 

The OAH Conference on American History is the leading conference for American historians and the study of American history that occurs in Spring of every year. We invite all those interested in American history to join us in Boston, March 31-April 3. Those who are not able to attend the in-person conference are invited to join us for the concurrent OAH Virtual Confernece.

INDIGENOUS / AMERICAN PASTS AND FUTURES

Across the world, as many as 500 million Indigenous people—defined by and tied to long histories in place—struggle on the front lines of climate change and global pandemic, even as they fight the legacies of violent histories of dispossession. Their histories matter, both around the planet and in the United States. While historians now routinely gesture toward settler colonialism, and Native histories win major prizes, it is still the case that American Indian, Alaska Native, and Kanaka Maoli peoples struggle to find a place in historical narratives focused on American national politics, racial formation, capitalism, slavery, immigration, citizenship, rights, and other familiar organizing principles. The integration of indigeneity into the field of American history has proceeded in fits and starts—and indeed, Native histories are still subject to the erasures predicted by settler colonial theory. 

The 2022 Program Committee 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. 

THE OAH VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Following the 2021 OAH Virtual Conference, the OAH Conference on American History will incorporate both an in-person and virtual component. The virtual conference will occur concurrent to the in-person conference presenting unique sessions deliberately selected for the online format.

Virtual attendees will have access to any sessions recorded at the in-person conference, and in-person attendees will have access to the recorded virtual conference. Recordings wil be made available following the live event for a set time.

We invite those who are not able to attend in-person to join us virtually for the 2022 OAH Conference on American History!


Program Committee

  • Cochair: Adria L. Imada,University of California, Irvine
  • Cochair: Malinda Maynor Lowery,University of North Carolina
  • Cochair: Suzanne Smith, George Mason University
  • Eddy Alvarez, Jr., California State University, Fullerton
  • Rhae Lynn Barnes, Princeton University
  • Matthew Blanton, Milton Academy 
  • Cindy I-Fen Cheng, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Michele Mitchell, New York University
  • Josh Shepperd, University of Colorado Boulder
  • John Troutman, National Museum of American History
  • Jason Ward, Emory University

Local Resource Committee

  • Cochair: Kanisorn Wongsrichanali, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Cochair: J. Cedric Woods, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Robert J. Allison, Suffolk University
  • Paula C. Austin, Boston University
  • Layla Bermeo, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • Christine DeLucia, Williams College
  • David Goldstein, National Park Service Tribal Liaison
  • Marianne Peak, Adams National Historical Park
  • Scott Spencer, Winchester High School
  • Scott C. Steward, New England Historic Genealogical Society


Date

March 31, 2022 to April 3, 2022

Live In-Person Conference Dates
Thursday, March 31 to Sunday, April 3

Live Virtual Conference Dates
Thursday, March 31 to Sunday, April 3


Location

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston, 
Massachusetts 02199 USA

Content Availability
Reorded content will be available for 30 days to registered attendees


Contact

General Inquiries
meetings@oah.org
812 855 7311

Sales Inquiries
ktaylor@oah.org
812 855 5520