Annual Meeting

Call for Proposals for the 130th Annual Meeting of the AHA

Vicki L. Ruiz, Maria E. Montoya, and Douglas Haynes | Sep 2, 2014


David Cole

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The American Historical Association will hold its 130th annual meeting January 7–10, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all members of the Association, whatever their institutional affiliation or status, as well as from affiliated societies, historians working outside the United States, and scholars in related disciplines.

The theme for the meeting, described in greater detail on page 51, is “Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors.” The Program Committee does not consider relationship to the theme when evaluating proposals. We welcome submissions on the histories of all places and periods, on many different topics, on the uses of varied sources and methods, and on theory and the uses of history itself in a wide variety of venues. We also invite proposals on what it means to practice history in the digital age. The AHA is a capacious organization, unique among learned societies in its devotion to the full range of historical scholarship and practice. We hope that 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 a variety of formats and encourage lively interaction among presenters and between presenters and the audience. A poster session will allow historians to share their research through visual materials.

Please review “Annual Meeting Guidelines” and other information at before submitting a proposal. Note that proposals for single, individual presentations can be submitted only for the poster session. All panels, regardless of format, are limited to a maximum of five participants serving as speakers or commentators. With the exception of foreign scholars and scholars from other disciplines, all persons appearing on the program must be members of the AHA. The Association encourages the representation of the full diversity of its membership in the annual meeting.

Proposals may be submitted only electronically and must be completed by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on February 15, 2015.

Questions about policies, modes of presentation, and the electronic submissions process should be directed to Questions about the content of proposals should be directed to the Program Committee chair, María E. Montoya (, and co-chair Douglas Haynes (

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