CFP: 47th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Philadelphia (11-14 November 2021)

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47th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Philadelphia, PA, November 11-14, 2021

Submission Deadline: March 16, 2021

“Crisis, Conjunctures, Turning Points: Theory and Method in Turbulent Times”

The current moment calls for collective reflection on the methods of historically-oriented social science research. In particular, with a renewed public interest in historical analogies between present-day authoritarianisms and the 1930s, a resurgence of eugenicist reasoning, a re-engagement with the legacies of slavery and colonialism, and the history of pandemics, a reckoning with history is everywhere. While the 2021 Program Committee seeks individual papers and panel proposals on all aspects of social science history, we are especially seeking papers that reflect on the uses of history in explaining the present. To this end papers may address one or more of the following questions:

  •  How does the past influence or determine the present?
  • What theoretical and methodological choices are implied in thinking of historical moments as ‘crises’, ‘conjunctures’ and ‘turning points’?
  • What is the role of agency in creating crisis situations?
  • Under what conditions and when does human agency create radical alternative pathways at crisis moments?
  • How do different versions of history enter political debate at critical moments, and to what effect?
  • What sources of data and tools of investigation might improve the ways in which we seek historically-based explanations of the present?

SSHA 2021 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City.

How do I apply for a Richard Sutch Graduate Student Travel Grant to help pay the cost?

Starting in January 2021, a link to apply for one of SSHA’s competitive student travel grants will be available at

2021 Program Committee Co-Chairs

Steven Sprick Schuster (Department of Economics, Middle Tennessee State University)

Timothy Thurber (Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Sadia Saeed (Department of Sociology, University of San Francisco)

Ho-Fung Hung (Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University)