Publication Date

September 1, 2002

War and Peace: History and the Dynamics of Human Conflict and Cooperation

The 118th annual meeting of the Association will be held in Washington, D.C., January 8–11, 2004. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all members of the Association (academic and nonacademic), from affiliated societies, and from scholars in foreign countries and in related disciplines. Based upon changes in domestic and international relations since September 11, 2001, the Program Committee has selected the theme "War and Peace: History and the Dynamics of Human Conflict and Cooperation." We encourage proposals focusing on research and teaching and on significant professional issues that address our theme as broadly and creatively as possible.

Our theme not only provides opportunities for scholars focusing on political, economic, military, and diplomatic history, but for those working on topics in social, cultural, and intellectual history. "War and Peace" also represents fertile ground for scholars working at the intersection of myriad temporal, geographical, and topical units of analysis. Moreover, we aim to take advantage of our location in the nation's capital and attract the participation of historians from a variety of federal programs and public history institutions. Accordingly, the committee encourages panels, workshops, and roundtables in traditional areas and time periods; all new subfields, including public history; and works that cross-disciplinary or traditional geographic boundaries. Potential topics might include:

  • changing scholarly and popular conceptions of war and peace;

  • domestic and international terrorism;

  • diplomacy, conflict resolution, and negotiation;

  • war, international relations, and social change;

  • diverse forms of local violence—labor, interracial, youth, and household;

  • civil, international, and colonial wars;

  • revolutions and anti-imperialist struggles;

  • reparations and redress movements;

  • representations of war in popular media;

  • war and the politics of memory;

  • war and state building;

  • peace movements

  • issues of war and peace in comparative perspective

Proposals on subjects outside the War and Peace theme are also welcomed. These might include sessions on family history, electoral politics, and corporate regulation, to name a few areas that might conceivably fall outside the immediate purview of our theme.

The Program Committee for 2004 consists of Joe W. Trotter (Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh), chair; John Thornton (Millersville Univ.) co-chair; the rest of the committee, including the co-chair of 2005 Program Committee will be appointed this fall.

There is only one deadline for submission: February 15, 2003. Any proposal postmarked after that date will not be considered. The committee will consider only complete panels or workshops (those that include all presenters, chair, and commentator). Because there is only one deadline, single-paper submissions cannot be considered. Experience has shown that it is virtually impossible to find matches for single papers or form panels around them with the single, later deadline. There will also be no "poster sessions."

The AHA has established a Panel Locator on its web site to assist members in finding suitable copanelists. The Panel Locator will be searchable via keyword and subject area, and may be accessed at

The H-Net lists, which are also a useful resource in finding prospective panel members, can be accessed at

Please consult the "Program Committee Guidelines" (pages 50–51) when preparing a proposal, and be sure to use the cover sheet on page 52 (or a photocopy). A cover sheet is mandatory for all submissions. Additional copies of all materials may be obtained from the AHA office with a request addressed to: 2004 Materials, AHA, 400 A St., SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889. (202) 544-2422, ext. 104. Fax (202) 544-8307. E-mail: American Historical Association. All materials may also be found on the Annual Meeting page on the AHA’s Web Site.

All persons appearing on the program must be members of the AHA, the exceptions being foreign scholars and scholars from other disciplines. Only in exceptional circumstances will individuals be allowed to appear consecutively on the 2003 and 2004 programs.

Please mail four copies of the complete proposal (including the cover sheet) to Joe W. Trotter, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, Baker Hall #240, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15213-3890. Please mark your envelope "AHA 2004."

E-mail addresses for the cochairs are: Joe W. Trotter: and John Thornton: beepsie@worldnet.

—Joe W. Trotter (Carnegie Mellon Univ.) and John Thornton (Millersville Univ.) are co-chairs of the Program Committee for the 118th annual meeting of the AHA.

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