CFP Migration/Immigration Network of the Social Science History Association

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Migration/Immigration Network of the Social Science History Association
Call for Papers -- 49th Annual Meeting 

“Pursuits of Wellbeing”
Washington DC

November 16-19, 2023 

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2023

The Social Science History Association is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the United States. We welcome graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more-established scholars and leaders in the field from different disciplinary backgrounds. 

In keeping with the conference theme, we especially seek panel and paper submissions wherein migration scholars make use of historical and interdisciplinary methods and theories to analyze pursuit of well-being. We welcome panels that engage with questions such as:

What are the dynamic processes that influence economic and/or social development for migrants and how does this shape their well-being (environment, children’s health, etc.)? How is individual or national well-being affected by inequality, either between persons or between nations? How have families historically played a role in fostering or supporting migrant and migrant communities’ well-being? How have migrants (migrant medical professionals) shaped the health industries of their new states and home countries? How have migrants historically and presently shaped healthcare and medicine?

We seek submissions addressing these questions through the topics below, and we also welcome proposals on other aspects of social science history, including those that intersect with other networks in SSHA.

*We encourage the submission of complete sessions as well as interdisciplinary panels (which, ideally, will include 4 papers and a chair) 

Foodways and migrant health
Urban spaces, rural spaces and migrant wellbeing/access to healthcare
Transnational migrant healthcare regimes
Border closings and ruptures and the impact on migrant health
Foodways and migrant health
Refugees, war, and mental health
Child migration and adoption
Gender and sexuality
Migration regulation and surveillance
Violence, repression, and mobility
Pandemics and mobility
Temporary migrations
Webs as sources for migration studies
Missionaries, faith, and migration
Mobility and the making of regional identities 

Submit a panel or paper via Social Science History Association ( Individuals who are new to the SSHA need to create an account prior to using the online submission site. Please keep in mind that if your panel is accepted, every person on the panel must register for the conference. Graduate students are eligible to apply for a Richard Sutch Graduate Student Travel Grant to help cover the cost of attendance. 

Please forward this email to your colleagues and graduate students. 

Contact the Migration/Immigration Network Representatives with questions or help with submissions:
Vibha Bhalla ( 

Paige Newhouse ( 

Caroline Waldron (

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