Publication Date

September 1, 2008

The 124th annual meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 7–10, 2010, in San Diego, California. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all members of the Association (academic and nonacademic), from affiliated societies, from historians working outside the United States, and from scholars in related disciplines. The theme for the meeting, described in detail in a separate article, is “Oceans, Islands, Continents.” While seeking proposals for sessions that explore facets of this broad topic, we welcome submissions on the histories of all places and time periods and the uses of varied sources and methods. We also invite members to employ and to analyze diverse strategies for representing the past, including fiction, poetry, film, music, and art. The AHA is a capacious organization, unique among learned societies in its devotion to the full range of historical scholarship and practice. Our program will reflect this strength, and we will seriously consider any proposal that advances the study, teaching, and public presentation of history.

We invite proposals for sessions in five different formats: formal sessions (paper presentations plus comment), sessions devoted to pre-circulated papers, thematic workshops, roundtable discussions, and practicums. Individuals or small groups may also propose to present posters as part of a session, to be held on Saturday afternoon, where historians will share their research through visual materials. Finally, members may propose "experimental" panels using forms of presentation not covered by these standard session types. Please consider which session format best suits your intellectual goals, and will best foster lively interaction among presenters and between presenters and the audience. To assure substantial time for interaction between speakers and audience, all panels, regardless of format, are limited to a maximum of five participants serving as speakers or commentators.

Please consult the "Annual Meeting Guidelines” when preparing your proposal. Note that the Association encourages the representation of the full diversity of its membership in the annual meeting. Successful sessions will reflect to the extent possible institutional and career stage diversity as well as gender and ethnic diversity.

Proposals can only be submitted electronically. Full instructions for doing so can be found on the "Submitting a Proposal” page at With the exception of foreign scholars and scholars from other disciplines, all persons appearing on the program must be members of the AHA. Proposals must be submitted in their completed form (that is, with full information concerning all participants and their presentations) by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on February 15, 2009. Proposals cannot be submitted after the deadline is passed as the system will be closed to submissions and will not accept them.

Questions about the content of proposals should be directed to the Program Committee co-chairs, Jane Kamensky and Matt K. Matsuda. Questions about policies and modes of presentation should be directed to Robert Townsend, AHA’s assistant director for research. Questions about the electronic submissions process may be e-mailed to the American Historical Association with “2010 Annual Meeting” in the subject line.

—Jane Kamensky (Brandeis University) and Matt K. Matsuda (Rutgers University at New Brunswick) are co-chairs of the 2010 Program Committee.

The 2010 Program Committee

  • Jane Kamensky, co-chair
    Brandeis University
  • Matt K. Matsuda, co-chair
    Rutgers University at New Brunswick
  • David T. Garrett
    Reed College
  • Emma D. Hipolito
    UCLA History-Geography Project
  • Kristin Hoganson
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dorothy Ko
    Barnard College
  • Robert C. Ritchie
    The Huntington Library
  • Robert A. Rosenstone
    California Institute of Technology
  • Damon Salesa
    University of Michigan
  • Sudipta Sen
    University of California at Davis
  • Denise A. Spellberg
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Lynn M. Thomas
    University of Washington.

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