"Americans Divided and United: Multiple and Shifting Solidarities"
Thursday, March 17 to
Sunday March 20, 2011
Call for Presentations
With the theme of "Americans Divided and United: Multiple and Shifting Solidarities,” the Program Committee for the 2011 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting in Houston intends to present a wide-ranging program that will encourage critical discussion of the issues now driving the best scholarship in all subfields of United States history. The Committee invites proposals that cover any and all periods within 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 will feature sessions on the ways in which Americans have been separated from and united with one another in a variety of historical contexts, but the Committee welcomes proposals on topics beyond this year’s designated theme. The program aims to include public historians and independent scholars as well as those teaching at universities, colleges, community colleges, and secondary schools. In general, the program should reflect the full diversity of the OAH membership in the United States and abroad.
Beginning October 1, 2009, the program committee invites the submission of panels and presentations that deal with these and other issues and themes in American history. OAH welcomes 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. Wherever possible, proposals should include presenters of both sexes and members of ethnic and racial minorities. OAH encourages more senior historians to present their own research, and welcomes debate on challenging and controversial issues. If you have questions about these policies, please email the OAH meetings department.
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. All participants must preregister for the meeting. Participants who specialize in American history and support themselves as American historians must be members of the OAH.
Proposals should be submitted electronically to the OAH Proposal System beginning October 1, 2009. Please read proposal system instructions before beginning your submission. Complete session proposals most often include a chair, participants, and, if applicable, one or two commentators. We welcome proposals for roundtables and workshops as well as for sessions with papers and comments. Chairs may double as commentators, and commentators may be omitted in order for the audience to serve in that role. Sessions with commentators should have no more than three paper presentations. All sessions should have substantial time allotted for audience questions and comments. We prefer to receive proposals for complete sessions but will consider individual paper proposals as well.
All proposals must include the following information:
1) A complete mailing address, e-mail address, 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; and
4) A vita of no more than 500 words for each participant
The deadline for proposals is Thursday, February 25, 2010.
2011 Program Committee
Manfred Berg, University of Heidelberg
Holly Brewer, North Carolina State University
Hasia Diner, New York University
David Gutierrez, University of California San Diego
Martha Jones, University of Michigan
Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington
Peter Kolchin, University of Delaware, Cochair
Paul Kramer, Vanderbilt University
Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University
Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, Cochair
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