American Culture, American Democracy: The One Hundred and Third Meeting of the Organization of American Historians
Wednesday, April 7 to Saturday, April 10, 2010
Hilton Washington, Washington, DC
Call for Presentations
With the theme of “American Culture, American Democracy,” the 2010 Organization of American Historians program committee seeks a wide-ranging program that will highlight the culture and cultures of the United States and how those have shaped the practice of American democracy. We look for proposals that cover the full chronological sweep of the American past, from pre-Columbian years to the twenty-first century, and the rich thematic diversity that has come to characterize contemporary American history writing and teaching. The program aims to include those teaching at universities, colleges, community colleges, and secondary schools, public historians, and independent scholars. Meeting in the nation’s capital, the program should feature sessions on the shaping of the federal government and its domestic and foreign policies, as well as sessions that emphasize museums, archives, and American politics. Appropriate for a conference in a cosmopolitan city and a global age, we particularly encourage international participation.
The program committee invites the submission of panels and presentations that deal with these and other issues and themes in American history. We welcome teaching sessions, particularly those involving the audience as active participants or those that reflect collaborative partnerships among teachers, historians, and history educators at all levels. We urge presenters to continue the ongoing transition from simply reading papers to more actively “teaching” the topic of their sessions. We prefer to receive proposals for complete sessions, but will consider individual paper proposals as well.
The program should reflect the full diversity of the OAH membership in the United States and abroad. Wherever possible, proposals should include presenters of both sexes and members of ethnic and racial minorities. Panels should also represent a range of historians (public and academic) and history professionals, wherever they are employed and at varying levels of seniority in the profession. We encourage more senior historians in particular, to present their own research. We welcome debate on challenging and controversial issues.
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 policy prohibits individuals from participating in two consecutive annual meetings in the same role and limits individuals to appearing only once on the program in a given year. If you have questions about this policy, please email the OAH meetings department.
Proposals should be submitted electronically to the OAH Proposal System – http://db.oah.org:8080/dbproject/login.jsp – beginning October 1, 2008. Please download proposal system instructions – http://www.oah.org/meetings/2009/instructions.rtf – before beginning your submission. Complete session proposals most often include a chair, participants, and, if applicable, one or two commentators (chairs may double as commentators, and commentators may be omitted in order for the audience to serve in that role). Session membership should be limited by the need to include substantial time for audience questions and comments. All proposals must include the following information:
* a complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation for each participant
* an abstract of no more than 500 words for the session as a whole
* a prospectus of no more than 250 words for each presentation; and
* a vita of no more than 500 words for each participant
The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2009.
2010 Program Committee
Kristin L. Ahlberg, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State
Tim Borstelmann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chair
Margot Canaday, Princeton University
Maria Cristina Garcia, Cornell University
Sharon Leon, George Mason University
Tiya Miles, University of Michigan
Jon Sensbach, University of Florida
Howard Shorr, Portland (OR) Community College
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