CFP: Third Annual Midwestern History Conference

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Third Annual Midwestern History Conference

The Midwestern History Association and the Hauenstein Center at Grand
Valley State University invite proposals for papers to be delivered at
the Third Annual Midwestern History Conference to be held on June 7,
2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This conference continues a discussion
commenced during the last two years during collaborative conferences
at the Hauenstein Center designed to spark the revival of Midwestern

We welcome papers of all kinds relating to all aspects of the
history of the American Midwest. Given that this year's conference
will be held in collaboration with the Agricultural History Society,
we are particularly interested in proposals that relate to the
agricultural and rural history of the American Midwest and some of
those proposals could become part of hybrid panels organized by the
Midwestern History Association, the Hauenstein Center, and the
Agricultural History Society and held during a special collaborative
session on June 8, 2016. We encourage participants in the Midwestern
history conference to also attend the Agricultural History Society
annual meeting, which will be held immediately following the
Midwestern history conference on the campus of Grand Valley State
University from June 8-10.

Individual proposals should be a maximum of 300 words and describe the
topic to be addressed.  Panel proposals are also welcome and should be
a maximum of 1,000 words.  All proposals should be accompanied by the
short vitas of the participants.  Proposals should be sent to Scott
St. Louis of Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center at  There is no registration fee for attending the
Midwestern history conference but there will be a request to RSVP
online in coming months.

The Midwestern History Association, created in the fall of 2014, is
dedicated to rebuilding the field of Midwestern history, which has
suffered from decades of neglect and inattention.  The MHA advocates
for greater attention to Midwestern history among professional
historians, seeks to rebuild the infrastructure necessary for the
study of the American Midwest, promotes greater academic discourse
relating to Midwestern history, and offers prizes to scholars who
excel in the study of the Midwest.  To become a member of the
Midwestern History Association, please contact MHA Secretary Ted
Frantz at

Inspired by Ralph Hauenstein's life of leadership and service and
housed at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the
Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is dedicated to raising a
community of ethical, effective leaders for the twenty-first century.
The Center's Common Ground Initiative engages thought leaders to
confront the political and cultural challenges our diverse communities
face. By challenging humanities scholars, culture commentators, and
political leaders from the left and right to explore the possible
common ground between their respective camps, the Hauenstein Center
promotes common ground for the common good.
Proposals are due by January 1, 2017.

Per Jon Lauck: This is a reminder that conference proposals for the Third Annual Midwestern History Conference are due January 1, 2017.

Check out the original CFP posted on H-Midwest on August 9: