The one-hundredth annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians will be held in Minneapolis, March 29-April 1, 2007. In addition to commemorating the centenary of the organization, the meeting is dedicated to the theme of “American Values.” The United States has from its beginnings justified its existence and its role in the world in terms of universal values, but has at the same time laid claim to a particular set of American values. These values, however, have been contested: different social groups have offered different versions, they have changed over time, and they have been used to justify exclusion from as well as inclusion in civic life for those living within American boundaries. Many values presented as national derive from, or lay claim to, sets of values that transcend American boundaries. To deepen the puzzle further, it is often unclear how these values—universal or national—actually shape national or private practice or behavior.
The program committee invites the submission of panels and presentations that explore this theme, but also those exploring other issues and themes in American history. We prefer to receive proposals for complete sessions, but will consider individual paper proposals as well.
Teaching sessions are also welcome, particularly those involving the audience as active participants or those that reflect collaborative partnerships among teachers, historians, and other history educators. Topics may cover any pedagogical issue or technique, at any level, from K-12 through postsecondary.
We encourage presenters to break away from the conventional academic session format. The committee recognizes the importance of engaging the audience in a compelling manner, and envisions a conference that is dynamic, innovative, and interactive. Meeting participants are therefore encouraged to present or teach their material rather than read their papers aloud. We also encourage proposals for online sessions, roundtables, debates, poster sessions, visual and musical performances, workshops, films, and other appropriate formats. OAH meetings now offer session slots of varying time length (from 1 to 3 hours). Please indicate in your proposal your preferred time frame.
The committee will work to have the program represent the full diversity of the OAH membership in the U.S. and abroad. We urge proposers to include presenters of both sexes and members of ethnic and racial minorities. Panels also should represent a range of historians, teachers, and other history professionals, wherever they are employed and at varying levels of seniority in the profession.
Proposals should be submitted electronically beginning October 1, 2005, at . Complete session proposals must include a chair, participants, and, if applicable, one or two commentators. All proposals must include the following information:
1. a complete mailing address, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation for each participant;
2. an abstract of no more than 500 words for the session as a whole;
3. a prospectus of no more than 250 words for each presentation;
4. a vita of no more than 500 words for each participant.
Each participant is required to register online and update his/her biographical and presentation information. Questions about electronic submissions should be e-mailed to the meetings department. All proposals must be received no later than January 15, 2006 at the above web site.
We also welcome volunteers to act as chairs or commentators to be assigned by the program committee. Interested volunteers should e-mail the meetings department no later than January 15, 2006.
Registration and Membership Requirements
All participants must preregister for the meeting. Participants who specialize in American history and support themselves as American historians are also required to be members of the OAH. Participants representing other disciplines do not have to be members.
OAH discourages individuals from participation in two consecutive annual meetings in the same role and tries to limit individuals to appearing only once on the program in a given year.
2007 Program Committee
John Mack Faragher, Yale University, Cochair
Peggy Pascoe, University of Oregon, Cochair
Ron Briley, Sandia Preparatory School
Stephanie M.H. Camp, University of Washington
Philip Deloria, University of Michigan
Benjamin Filene, Minnesota Historical Society
James Goodman, Rutgers University
Naomi R. Lamoreaux, UCLA
Jill Lepore, Harvard University
Andrés Reséndez, University of California, Davis
Robert Self, Brown University
OAH Meetings Department
112 N. Bryan Ave.
PO Box 5457
Bloomington, IN 47408
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