Submitting a Proposal

General Information

2019 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals and Theme ("Loyalties")

AHA Annual Meeting Guidelines (revised and approved by the AHA Council, September 25, 2015)

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2019 annual meeting was February 15, 2018.

Historians from the United States appearing on the program are required to be AHA members. Everyone on the program must register for the meeting when registration opens in the fall.

Because the AHA and MLA annual meetings will both take place at the same time in Chicago in 2019, both associations have agreed to honor each other's badges. For information on submitting proposals for parallel or cross-disciplinary sessions, please see below.

Affiliates with questions about submitting affiliate sessions should contact

Session Proposals

Before submitting a proposal online, session organizers should collect the following information, which will be needed to submit a complete proposal:

  • Session title (of no more than 20 words)
  • Session abstract (up to 500 words)
  • Short session abstract for the meeting app (up to 50 words)
  • Paper or presentation titles (if any)
  • Abstract or description for each presentation (up to 300 words). Descriptions should be included for both roundtables and formal sessions.
  • Short abstract or description for each presentation for the meeting app (up to 50 words)
  • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words) for each participant
  • Correct e-mail address for each participant
  • Affiliation, city, state, and country for each participant
  • Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session
  • Audiovisual needs, if any
  • Professional Twitter handle for each participant (optional)
  • Website for each participant (optional)
  • Please note that the Program Committee cannot accept single paper proposals.
  • To assure substantial time for interaction between speakers and audience, panels are typically limited to a maximum of four participants in addition to a chair.

Organizers submitting multi-session workshops will also be required to submit a brief description of the overall purpose and goals of the workshop. Organizers submitting experimental sessions will be asked to submit a 75-word description of the session format. 

Poster Proposals

Organizers submitting poster proposals will need:

  • Poster title
  • Abstract of poster (up to 500 words)
  • Short abstract of poster for the meeting app (up to 50 words)
  • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)

Submitting Proposals to Both AHA19 and MLA19

The AHA and Modern Language Association annual meetings will take place approximately a mile apart in Chicago in 2019. Please note the following:

  1. AHA and MLA will honor each other's conference badges.
  2. Historians should consider the possibility of cross-disciplinary conversation in submitting proposals since MLA attendees have all registration privileges at the AHA (and vice versa).
  3. It is permissible to submit parallel proposals on topics of mutual interest to AHA and MLA. Sessions can include either identical or overlapping participants. Decisions will be made independently by our respective program committees. When submitting proposals to the AHA Program Committee, organizers should indicate that they are submitting a parallel proposal to the MLA Program Committee. This information should be included in the session abstract; organizers should also indicate that they are submitting a parallel proposal to the MLA Program Committee by checking the "AHA19 and MLA19" box on the proposal form.
  4. To better accommodate MLA members who wish to submit parallel proposals, the AHA will accept submissions from MLA members submitting parallel proposals to both partners until March 15. MLA members wishing to submit a parallel proposal to the AHA Program Committee should e-mail for a link to the submission system.

All participants in the AHA meeting, except for foreign scholars and those from other disciplines, are required to be current members of the AHA. All participants are required to register for the meeting unless they have registered for the MLA.

Additional Information

For detailed instructions and advice about using the online proposal system, consult the Frequently Asked Questions about the Submission of Proposals. See here for advice on crafting an effective panel proposal. Questions about policies, modes of presentation, and the electronic submissions process should be directed to the AHA staff.  

To help members find sessions of interest,  the online program for the 2019 annual meeting will include links to the abstracts for sessions and presentations entered into the electronic proposal system. The annual meeting app will include the short abstracts submitted with the proposal. Abstracts will be published as submitted to the Program Committee; individuals will not have the opportunity to edit abstracts after the February 15 proposal deadline. Please enter and review the information with that in mind.