Call for Proposals -- AHA Pacific Coast Branch Annual Conference (Deadline February 15th)

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Call for Proposals – Please Note Upcoming Deadline of February 15:


The 113th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association


“The Past is Always Present”


August 11-13, 2021, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, and Online/Virtual


The 2021 Program Committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on any subject, but particularly those addressing the conference theme: The Past is Always Present. 2020 and 2021 have been historically resonant years, locally, nationally, and globally. As debates regarding truth and authenticity churn at dinner tables, in classrooms, and through the echo chambers of news and social media, historical understanding and analysis is more important than ever to navigate conflicts over immigration, equality, racial justice, democratic institutions, war and peace, climate, and health. The 2021 PCB-AHA conference encourages participants to think about and discuss how historical knowledge and interpretation—of the distant as well as immediate past—advances professional scholarship and shapes public understanding of the world. In the same vein, the program committee encourages participants to explore the trajectory of change and challenge within the historical profession—diversity, broader career paths, obligations and responsibilities of teachers and mentors, and emerging historiographical themes.


The Program Committee encourages proposals that enable conversations across specialist boundaries and engage the audience. We welcome submissions from graduate students, adjunct faculty, non-traditional scholars, and K-12 teachers. Anniversaries may provide inspiration for panels and roundtables: For example, the fall of Tenochtítlan and Martin Luther’s excommunication (1521); the alleged first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag (1621); Robert Walpole becoming the first British prime minister and Peter the Great the first emperor of all the Russias (1721); the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail and Missouri’s admission as a state (1821); the German empire, Paris Commune, and Great Chicago Fire (1871); the Tulsa massacre and birth of the Chinese Communist Party (1921); the Iron Curtain speech, Nuremburg Trials, and beginning of the Viet Minh uprising against French occupation (1946); the Pentagon Papers and the founding of Starbucks (1971); and 9/11 (2001).


To make inquiries about the conference, please email PCB-AHA executive director Michael Green at Information on submitting proposals, connecting with prospective panelists, and finding out more details about the annual meeting (e.g., the venue, registration, lodging) will be available at as we get further information.


Panel Proposals must include a contact person; a title and 250-word abstract of the panel or roundtable; a title and brief description (100 words) of each presentation; a one-page C.V. (with each participant’s email address and affiliation); and any AV requests. The Program Committee welcomes individual paper submissions. Please include title, 250 word abstract, one-page C.V., affiliation, and contact information.



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