Call for Proposals -- Researching NY -- Oral History in New York State

Susan McCormick's picture

In addition to the general call for papers, we especially want to draw the attention of oral historians working in New York State to the call for papers for the annual Researching NY Conference. The conference draws folks working on all aspects of NY history and would be a great opportunity to showcase some of the outstanding oral history work across New York State. I'm happy to discuss further and answer any quesitons about the conference via e-mail,

Susan McCormick, Chair, Researching New York Conference


The Call for Papers for Researching New York 2017 is below. As always, papers and panels on all aspects of New York State History are encouraged. We especially seek presentations on topics on women in New York. While much deserved attention is being given this year to the women's suffrage centennial, we hope to also showcase work that illuminates the broad and complex history of women in New York beyond the quest for suffrage.


Researching New York: A Conference on New York State History

November 16-18, 2017, University at Albany, SUNY


This November celebrate New York History Month at Researching New York! This annual conference brings together historians, archivists, public historians, graduate students, museum curators, teachers, documentarians, and more to share their work on New York State history. Conference organizers invite proposals from any time period and any methodological perspective on all aspects of New York State's rich history. We seek submissions for workshops, roundtables, panels, and individual papers from scholars, public historians, educators, archivists, librarians, and others engaged in the study, teaching, and presentation of New York State History. Work that addresses practical and theoretical issues surrounding the interpretation, preservation, commemoration, and public presentation of New York State history is encouraged.

SPECIAL FOCUS: Women of New York -- Suffrage and Beyond

2017 is a year of celebration of women's suffrage in New York State. Numerous groups throughout New York are marking the occasion with lectures, exhibits, conferences, and a wide range of programs commemorating the milestone. For Researching New York 2017, we especially seek proposals that enlarge and expand that exploration by also considering the lives, work, and history of women in New York from the earliest Native Americans to the present.


Proposals are due August 20, 2017. Complete panels, workshops, media presentations, or full sessions are preferred; partial panels and individual submissions will be considered whenever possible. For panel, roundtable, or workshop proposals, please submit a one-page summary of your session, including a brief abstract, and a one-page curriculum vita for each panel participant. Individual submissions should include a one-page abstract and one-page vita. Submissions must include name, address, and email address. All proposals should include any anticipated audiovisual needs and note any possible time constraints. When possible, scheduling accommodations will be made, but cannot be guaranteed. Please submit your proposal as an attachment, in a single document, to


We also seek commentators for panels. Please indicate your interest by contacting us at, noting your area of expertise, along with a one-page vita. For further information, visit the Researching New York website at


Researching New York is sponsored by the University at Albany History Department, History Graduate Student Organization, and M. E. Grenander Special Collection and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and Fenimore Art Museum with additional support from the New York State Museum. For further information, if you have questions or comments, please contact us at We look forward to your participation at this year's conference.