44th Annual Conference on D.C. History

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Call for Papers
June 9, 2017
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Historic Preservation, Public History, Urban History / Studies, African American History / Studies

 Echo & Resonance: 1968
The 44th Annual Conference on D.C. History

Washington, D.C. November 2-5, 2017

 Submission Deadline: June 9, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

The Conference Committee of the Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies cordially invites presentations on all topics relating to the history and culture of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., including nearby Maryland and Virginia as well as the federal government. The 2017 conference looks toward the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1968.  Particularly welcome are complete sessions or papers addressing 1968 and its unrest as a pivotal moment in the history of D.C., the history of activism in the D.C. area, or the intersection of race, politics, governance, and history in the D.C. area. How does 1968 resonate today? Cultural historians, as well as academics in other fields, as well as community members are encouraged to participate. The conference seeks to encourage participation of graduate students as well students at all education levels. (Submissions need not reflect the conference theme.)

To see panels and information about past conferences, visit http://www.DCHistory.org/conference/

Call for Submissions can be accessed or downloaded in PDF format. 

All submissions should be sent using Submittable: https://cdchs.submittable.com/submit

Submission Categories

Panel: Submit a 150-word description of the session complete with panel title and titles of each presentation. Include role of each panelist, professional titles and institutional affiliations (if applicable), name of moderator, and a 150-word abstract for each presentation. Supply contact information for the panel organizer and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.

Individual Paper: Submit your paper title and a 150-word abstract along with a CV or resume, professional title and institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact info, and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.

Learning Experience or Creative Commons: Submit a 150-word proposal for a workshop designed to engage participants in an interactive experience exploring a critical issue to D.C. history or contemporary issues in the city.

Film or Performance Experience (one hour or less running time): Submit a brief description of your film including topic, running time, audience age restrictions if any, project status (finished piece or work in progress), and interest in a Q & A.

Walking or Bus Tour: Submit a description of tour topic, location, length (running time and distance), start and stop points, ticket price, ages of audiences, and guide’s professional and contact information.

Author Talk: Submit contact information and description of published book, including publication date. Authors selling books on site must supply a volunteer to handle sales independently.

Practical Workshop or Unconference Session: Submit a description of your workshop including all IT/audio-visual requirements as well as requirements for tables or other display areas and contact information.

History Network, Nov. 3: To participate in the History Network marketplace of ideas, in addition to contact info., please indicate whether you need an entire six-foot display table, or can share with another presenter.

All submissions are evaluated for suitability and scholarship by the Conference Committee. The submission deadline is Friday, June 9, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Researchers will be notified in July if their proposal is accepted. All submissions should be sent using Submittable: https://cdchs.submittable.com/submit

Conference Format

Moderated panels take place on Friday and Saturday and last one hour and 15 minutes. Typically three speakers each take 20 minutes to present their research, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion with audience participation. The reading of papers is strongly discouraged.

The conference opens on Thursday evening, November 2, with the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture honoring the memory of this pioneering scholar of African American history. lecture. Friday morning begins with a Plenary Session on the status of D.C. Historical Studies.

Click here for information on past conferences.


PLEASE NOTE: Participants are encouraged to incorporate a PowerPoint slide show or other audio or video complement. You will be required to transfer any files/media two weeks in advance. Projectors will be supplied. Specific details will be provided upon acceptance.

Please address any inquiries to the Conference Committee Co-Chairs Izetta Autumn Mobley and John O’Brien at dchistoricalstudies@gmail.com.


Contact Info: 

Please address any inquiries to the Conference Committee Co-Chairs Izetta Autumn Mobley and John O’Brien at dchistoricalstudies@gmail.com.