2017 CFP Guidelines


Call for Proposals  

We invite proposals for panels, individual papers, seminars, and workshops that explore topics particular to contemporary classrooms, such as:

  • Using digital platforms (such as social media and digitized archives) as curricular tools
  • Overcoming the digital divide in our classrooms
  • Assessing what it means to be a digital native, and how to effectively teach digital native students
  • How historians can communicate and engage with public audiences today
  • Applying historical thinking skills beyond the classroom and the academy (e.g. the relationship between sourcing skills and current conversations about fake news)
  • How current issues shape both our curriculum and our student body (e.g. climate change, Black Lives Matter, the 2016 presidential election, globalization, migration)

Although this conference will be particularly focused on twenty-first century issues, we welcome all proposals related to teaching history. We also strongly encourage submissions from classroom teachers, graduate students, and instructors of history and social science pedagogy, in addition to research scholars. 


2017 Session Descriptions and Submission Requirements

Panels consist of a panel chair and a maximum of three paper presentations related to a central theme. The chair will briefly introduce presenters and discreetly monitor time. Individual paper presentations are strictly limited to 20 minutes each, and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience, moderated by the chair. (If desired, the chair may also serve as commentator, providing 5-10 minutes of summative remarks after the paper presentations while still leaving ample time still provided for audience Q&A.) Alternatively, panels may consist of shorter and more informal remarks from a group of three panelists and a chair in a roundtable conversation, rather than three formal papers. Regardless of its format, the total time for a panel will be 90 minutes. NOTE: In addition to complete panels (composed of three papers and a chair), the committee will also consider submissions of individual papers, to be configured into panels at the committee’s discretion.

Seminars center on an interactive conversation among the presenter(s) and audience members. The seminar presenter(s) will provide materials in advance (such as an article) that relate to the topic they wish to discuss during their session. Audience members should become familiar with these materials prior to attending the session, and plan to participate in the group conversation. Conference organizers will ensure timely access to, and dissemination of, the necessary materials through the conference website. The total time for a seminar is 50 minutes.

Workshops allow for extensive audience participation through hands-on activities. In a workshop, the presenter(s) will begin by briefly introducing the workshop topic and objectives, and then move on to hands-on practice and modeling with the audience. We encourage planning a few minutes at the end of the session to allow participants to ask questions or reflect upon the workshop. Workshop presenter(s) may elect to post materials on the conference website before or after the conference. The total time for a workshop is 50 minutes.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, you will need to prepare the following information:

  • Title of panel, seminar, workshop, or individual paper
  • Brief abstract for panel, seminar, or workshop (250-500 words) or individual paper (max 250 words)
  • If submitting a panel, brief abstracts for each paper (max 250 words)
  • Audiovisual / technology needs for your session
  • Information about all session participants: name, title, institution, email address, and professional bio
  • Which presenter will be the group’s designated contact person

When you are ready to submit your proposal, click here to access the submission form.