call for papers -- Queer History Conference 2019

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QHC 19: Call for Papers


The Committee on LGBT History is pleased to announce a call for papers for its inaugural conference, Queer History Conference 2019 (or QHC 19), to be held at San Francisco State University from June 16 to 18, 2019. Dorm rooms will be available to make this conference as affordable as possible. Scholars working on any aspect of the queer past, in any region of the world, during any period, are encouraged to apply. We use the word “queer” to include both same-sex sexuality and histories of trans identity and gender non-conformity. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship but we also stress that this conference is meant to interrogate the queer past. There is no specific theme; rather, we hope that this gathering will simply showcase the best of current work and new directions in the field of queer history, including panels addressing historiographical debates or states-of-the-field.


Guidelines for Submission


We encourage the submission of full panels, which should include three or four papers, a chair, and comment (chair and comment roles can be fulfilled by the same person). Panels will be 1.5 hours.


We will also consider roundtables, which should be comprised of three of four speakers and a chair.


We encourage all full panel submissions to include at least one graduate student where possible and all should include a diversity of scholars in terms of institution, rank, and identity. Please only apply as part of one panel or paper submission. 


We will also consider individual paper submissions, out of which the program committee will assemble a limited number of panels.


We especially encourage panels on subjects beyond the twentieth-century United States.


Please make all submissions by November 1, 2018 to and with “QHC 19” in the subject line. The QHC 19 program committee will make decisions and send notifications in early December. All presenters are expected to be (or become) members of the Committee on LGBT History by the time of the conference. Membership information is here.


Full Panels should include, in one Word document:


Title of panel

Panel abstract (max. 300 words)

Title and abstract for each paper (300 words max.)

One-page CV or biographical statement with contact info. for each participant

Roundtables should include abstracts for each presenter outlining their contribution to discussion.


Single paper submissions should include, in one Word document:


Title of paper

Paper abstract (300 words max.)

One-page CV or biographical statement with contact info.


Questions should be addressed to QHC 19 organizers Amy Sueyoshi ( and Nick Syrett (