Call for Papers -- Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) -- June 2021 conference

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Call for Papers
November 5, 2020 to December 1, 2020
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Humanities, Political Science, Social Sciences

Call for Papers

2021 Hybrid Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

Arlington, VA, June 17-20, 2021

"Variations on a Theme"

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites proposals for its first-ever "hybrid" annual conference.  The program committee will organize the meeting around themed sessions.  Each session will include traditional panels as well as a signature roundtable and a networking exercise that brings graduate students and junior scholars into dialogue with senior and mid-career scholars.  The objective will be to bring onsite and online participants into a sustained, multidirectional conversation about topics of shared importance among U.S. foreign relations historians.  Throughout, we hope to apply the best practices from remote and hybrid learning to next year's conference.

The 2021 meeting will highlight themes drawn from recent conference programs.  Each theme will explore U.S. foreign and/or international relations through a different prism:

  • Borders,
  • Capitalism,
  • Decolonization,
  • Development,
  • Domestic Politics,
  • Empire,
  • Environment,
  • Gender & Sexuality,
  • Ideas,
  • Immigration,
  • Law,
  • Race,
  • Religion,
  • Rights,
  • Science & Technology,
  • Security,
  • Strategy, and
  • War & the Military.

In addition to inviting proposals that speak to these core themes, the program committee welcomes proposals with other emphases as well.  We hope that the "hybrid" format will celebrate SHAFR in all its diversity and showcase a broad range of methodological, temporal, and geographic approaches.  

Please see the full call on the SHAFR website for more information as well as travel grants:

Contact Info: 

Amy Sayward

Executive Director, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

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