CFP: 2017 Ohio Valley History Conference

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Call for Papers
October 20, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Kentucky, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Ancient History, European History / Studies, Public History, World History / Studies


The 2017 Ohio Valley History Conference will be hosted by The Department of History, Murray State University in Murray, KY October 19-21, 2017.

We invite proposals related to the centennial of US entry into World War I, broadly understood to include the debate over entry and the home front as well as papers addressing military topics, and the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses and the events that flowed from that. We also welcome papers and panels on topics before 1500 CE, public history programs and activities, digital history, and teaching history. Papers and panels on any other aspect of history from any time period are, of course, also welcome. The OVHC is a general conference for all historians. We will continue the OVHC tradition of welcoming papers by advanced graduate students. 

Proposals can be submitted for full panels or individual papers. Offers to chair sessions or comment on papers are welcome.

Submission Process:

For a panel, please submit a title and 100-word summary of each paper and 1-2-page cv for each participant. For individual papers, please submit a 250-word abstract and 1-2-page cv. Session chairs and commentators should submit a 1-2 page cv indicating areas of interest and expertise. All proposals should include affiliation and contact information.

Submit proposals as attachments in Word to:

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: June 15, 2017. We anticipate notifying those who submit proposals of decisions by August 1. 

Other Information:

The conference includes a banquet on Friday night with a speaker. The banquet speaker will be Lesley J. Gordon, Professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at the University of Alabama, and immediate past editor of Civil War History. She will discuss her current research on cowardice and courage in the American Civil War.

The conference website will have more details and will be launched in February and updated as new information is available.   

Murray is in southwest Kentucky readily accessible by car from Nashville and Paducah (through Chicago) by air.

Driving directions to MSU:

If you have any questions contact: Conference Chair

Contact Info: 

William H. Mulligan, Jr