Call for Papers
The 2019 Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
June 20-22, 2019
The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites proposals for its 2019 annual conference, to be held in Arlington, Virginia, June 20-22, 2019. The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2018.
SHAFR is dedicated to the study of the history of the United States in the world, broadly conceived. The production, exercise, and understanding of American power takes many forms and touches myriad subjects, from exploring questions of diplomacy and statecraft to unpacking definitions and illuminating the practice of U.S. power. It considers the many political, global, social, and cultural processes that inform foreign relations, including global governance, strategy, transnational movements, religion, human rights, race, gender, activism, trade and economics, immigration, borderlands, warfare, the environment, and empire. SHAFR welcomes those who study any period from the colonial era to the present.
The 2019 program will also host SHAFR’s seventh annual Job Search Workshop to help prepare graduate student members for the job market. Students will have the opportunity to receive individualized feedback on their cover letters and CVs from experienced faculty members. Those interested in participating can indicate this on the online conference submission form (although it is not necessary to be a panelist to participate). The Job Workshop is open to all current graduate students and newly minted Ph.D.’s. Priority will be given to first-time participants.
The program will also inaugurate SHAFR’s first Syllabus Workshop, sponsored by the Teaching Committee. Graduate students and new Ph.D.’s will have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty on their syllabi. Those interested in participating can indicate this on the online conference submission form (although it is not necessary to be a panelist to participate). The Syllabus Workshop is open to all current graduate students and recent Ph.D.’s.
SHAFR is committed to inclusion and diversity, and encourages proposals including members of groups historically under-represented within the organization. We particularly encourage proposals from women, scholars of color, colleagues residing outside of the United States, and scholars working in other disciplines. As part of your proposal, we ask you to describe how your proposed panel reflects this SHAFR commitment.
Graduate students, international scholars, and scholars whose participation might expand the organization’s breadth are encouraged to apply for SHAFR grants to subsidize the cost of attending the conference. Please see below for details.
Panel sessions for the 2019 meeting will run one hour and forty-five minutes. A complete panel typically includes three papers plus chair and commentator (with the possibility of one person fulfilling the latter two roles) or a conceptually more expansive roundtable discussion with a chair and three or four participants. Papers should be no longer than twenty minutes and must be shorter in situations where there are more than three paper presentations.
The Committee is open to alternative formats, especially those based on discussion and engagement with the audience, which should be described briefly in the proposal. The Program Committee welcomes panels that transcend conventional chronologies, challenge received categories, or otherwise offer innovative approaches and fresh thinking.
Individual paper proposals are also welcome, though complete panels with coherent themes will be favored over single papers. Those seeking to create or fill out a panel should consult the Panelists Seeking Panelists Forum (not yet available) or Tweet #SHAFR2019.
All proposals and funding applications should be submitted via shafr.org. Applicants requiring alternative submission means should contact the program co-chairs at [email protected].
Each participant may serve only once in any capacity on the program (for example as a presenter or commentator) and not more than twice during the conference.
AV requests, along with a brief explanation of how the equipment is essential to the presentation, must be made at the time of application. AV access is limited.
Any special scheduling requests (e.g., that a panel not take place on a particular day) must be made at the time of application.
Generally, annual membership in SHAFR is required for those participating in the 2019 meeting. The president and program committee may grant some exceptions to scholars whose specializations, broadly conceived, are outside the field. Enrollment instructions will be included with notification of accepted proposals.
For more details about the conference please visit the main conference website.
We look forward to seeing you next June in Arlington!
2019 Program Committee co-chairs, Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia) and Jay Sexton (Kinder Institute, Missouri)
SHAFR will award several Robert A. and Barbara Divine Graduate Student Travel Grants to assist graduate students presenting papers at the 2019 conference. The following stipulations apply: 1) no award will exceed $300; 2) priority will be given to graduate students who receive no or limited funds from their home institutions; and 3) expenses will be reimbursed by the SHAFR Business Office upon submission of receipts. The Program Committee will make decisions regarding awards. A graduate student requesting travel funds must make a request when submitting the paper/panel proposal. Applications should include: a 1-page letter from the applicant; reference letter from the graduate advisor that also confirms the unavailability of departmental travel funds. The two items should be submitted via the on-line interface at the time the panel/paper proposal is submitted. Funding requests will have no bearing on the committee’s decisions on panels/papers, but funds will not be awarded unless the applicant’s submission is accepted by the program committee in a separate decision. Application deadline: December 1, 2018.
SHAFR also awards Global Scholars and Diversity Grants to help defray travel and lodging expenses for the 2019 conference. These grants are aimed at scholars whose participation in the annual meeting helps to diversity the organization. Preference will be given to those who have not previously presented at annual meetings. The awards are intended for scholars who represent groups historically under-represented at SHAFR, scholars who offer diverse and complementary intellectual approaches, scholars from outside the United States. “Scholars” includes faculty, graduate students, and independent researchers. To further integrate grant winners into SHAFR, awards include one-year membership that includes subscriptions to Diplomatic History and Passport. Applicants should submit a copy of their individual paper proposal along with a short cv (2-page maximum) and a 2-3 paragraph essay addressing the fellowship criteria (including data on previous SHAFR meetings attended and funding received). Please submit your application via the on-line interface. Funding requests will have no bearing on the committee’s decisions on panels/papers, but funds will not be awarded unless the applicant’s submission is accepted by the program committee in a separate decision. Application deadline: December 1, 2018.