CFP: American Society for Ethnohistory Virtual Event Workshops and Graduate Student Digital Ethnohistory Projects

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Call for proposals: American Society for Ethnohistory Virtual Event Workshops


Due to COVID-19, the American Society for Ethnohistory chose to host a virtual event from November 4-8, 2020. We do not envision this virtual event as the annual conference, but instead as an event that will allow us to engage in some focused communications around particular issues and among people who often cannot make it to an in-person ethnohistory conference. Registration for the 2020 virtual event is free of charge, but all participants must register through the portal on the ASE conference website (we will be adding a registration portal in September). All participants must be members of ASE or members of an Indigenous tribe or nation.


We are not cancelling the conference that had originally been planned, but rather postponing it. It will be held in the Fall of 2021 in the same hotel in Durham, North Carolina, and the appointed theme, Intimacy and Interaction, will also remain the same. Please see the conference website,, for more information on the 2021 conference.


For this year’s virtual event, the program committee is putting together a program in which we will host a daily plenary session, along with one or two member-proposed workshops each day. The plenaries will include:


  1. A keynote plenary session with indigenous leaders discussing contemporary concerns of indigenous communities
  2. A plenary on collaborative research involving ethnohistorians working directly with indigenous communities.
  3. A plenary on debates regarding authority and representation in the writing of indigenous histories around the globe.
  4. A plenary with graduate students, who will present digital ethnohistory projects (see the graduate student call for proposals below).


We invite ASE members to propose workshops that may relate in some manner to any one of these plenaries. We are leaving the definition of a workshop relatively open. Examples could include a proposal that involves a group of scholars and activists working on a specific issue (e.g.-the Dakota Access Pipeline) or with a particular community. Or it could be a group of scholars and indigenous people working on a specific text (e.g.-the Florentine Codex). We ask you to submit a proposal of no more than 250 words in addition to a list of a maximum of 8 participants to by 5:00 PM on September 15, 2020. If you have any questions about the workshops, please email us and we would be happy to provide you with advice.


The workshops will be no more than 2 hours, and will take place live on Zoom. We plan to limit the audience for each workshop to 20 people, though workshop organizers can request a larger audience if they so desire. We will take care of the technology and provide a technology moderator who will be charged with admitting workshop participants, dealing with any technological problems, and fielding questions that come through the chat bar. The technology moderator can keep track of the order in which questions were asked in the chat bar, and unmute those members of the audience as the workshop moderator so indicates.


Please note that we will only be able to choose a maximum of five workshops to be held at the event. Please also note that we will not consider individual paper submissions for the 2020 event.

If we do not choose your workshop proposal, we will give you the option of having the proposal considered for the 2021 conference.




Call for proposals: American Society for Ethnohistory Virtual Event Graduate Student Digital Ethnohistory Projects


Because of COVID-19, The American Society for Ethnohistory, instead of its annual conference, has decided to produce a digital ethnohistorical event in November of 2020. We will have a plenary session each day, over four days, with one of the days reserved for the presentation of graduate student digital ethnohistory projects. Given the turn to Digital Humanities and the need for more virtual history projects in a time of social distancing, we ask graduate students to think about what ethnohistorians can do best in terms of public projects on digital platforms.


These projects should be of public interest, and they can be based on primary or secondary source research, pedagogy, or other creative sources and ideas. They can be presented in any format that you wish. Links to the projects should be submitted to, and are due on October 7, 2021. Late projects will not be accepted.


The project links will be sent to the awards committee, who will vote on the best projects. Those projects will receive cash awards ($300 for first place; $200 for second place; $100 for third place), and the winners will be asked to present their projects at the plenary. If the creators of the winning projects so desire, the projects will also be made publicly available through the ASE website. While we will only have space on the plenary for the presentation of the three award winning projects, other projects may be accepted by the awards committee to be made publicly available through the ASE website as well. Please address any questions to Anderson Hagler, or Pete Sigal,