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 -- 46th Annual Meeting

“Politics, Society, and the Economy: The Past and Today”

Washington, DC

November 19-22, 2020

Submission Deadline: February 16, 2020


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 imaginative use of historical data and tools from the social sciences to analyze how politics, society, and the economy interact over time and engage with questions such as: How have migrations, social divisions, and demographic change informed politics? How has politics altered the meaning of human mobility, gender, race, sexuality or ethnicity, and vice versa? What role does the study of mobile people, culture, religion, and social divisions play in politics? How are politics, society, and the economy shaped by history and migration institutions and how can we use novel sources and tools from the social sciences to pin down these relationships?


We seek submissions addressing these questions through the topics below, though we also welcome proposals on all aspects of social science history.  Submission of complete sessions and interdisciplinary panels are especially encouraged. Please note that for panels with four papers and a coherent theme, discussants are optional.

Food and migration

Global & historical migration statistics research

Migration, human rights, and “rightlessness”

Political migration, refugees, & state formations

Migration and language policies

Migration and cultural production

History of emotions and migration

Gender and migration

Queering migration studies

Migration and the state (e.g.  fascist/neofascist

       totalitarian, welfare capitalist, communist,


Migration and the discourse of right and left

Climate change, mobility and environmental


Teaching migration in the age of Trump

Academic contingency, intellectual migration

Documents, documentation and belonging

Patterns of labor migration in industrial and post-industrial regimes

Washington, D.C. as migrant city

Migration/refugee gov. and non-government,

       NGOs, advocacy groups in D.C. and beyond

Submit a panel or paper via  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 Graduate Student Travel Grant to help over the cost of attendance.

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

Kelly Condit-Shrestha (

Caroline Waldron (

Elizabeth Zanoni (

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