Friday, September 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Washington , District Of Columbia

O.A. Westad on The Cold War: A World History

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 9:00am




From left to right: Andrew Preston, Carla Konta, Mike Graziano, Betsy Beasley, Nate Moir, Elizabeth Ingleson, Aileen Teague, Malcolm Craig, Jayita Sarkar, Evan McCormick, Stephen Wertheim, David Allen, James Bradford, Gaetano Di Tommaso, Mario Del Pero.

The term “national security” is everywhere. It permeates virtually every aspect of U.S. foreign relations and defines much of the federal government’s structure for foreign and military policies. It is no exaggeration to say that America’s relationship with the rest of the world is to a large extent based upon the requirements of national security, and how they are defined, represented, and narrated to the public. At its heart, and in an instinctual way, “national security” connotes safety: its goal is the defense of the nation against foreign threats. Though the pursuit of national security often leads to difficult and controversial wars, it is essentially based on a defensive and fearful mindset. It is also so expansive as to be virtually limitless. For the last several decades, threats to America’s national security have been found everywhere, from the beaches of Cuba and the jungles of Indochina to the deserts of Arabia and the mountains of Central Asia—even in the towns and cities of the United States itself. Under the aegis of national security, America has a defensive perimeter that is now both global and holistic. Few of its interests are peripheral.

But where does such a worldview come from? How do Americans conceive of threat and danger in the world? What constitutes the boundaries, legally, politically, geographically, and morally, of self-defense? Have Americans always thought of national security in these terms? We will also delve into questions about the influence national security has had on shaping the government’s capacity to project power. If war made the state and the state made war in Europe, was it also the case for the modern United States? How have perspectives on national security led to the augmentation of executive war powers? Have security concerns led to the establishment of a national security state or a military-industrial complex which, in turn, shaped America’s engagement with the wider world?

The cultures of American national security and insecurity will be at the heart of the 10th annual Summer Institute of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, which will take place July 3-7, 2017 at Clare College, Cambridge University. Designed for advanced graduate students and early-career faculty members in history and related fields, the program will feature seminar-style discussions and meetings with leading scholars. The Summer Institute will also provide a forum for participants to present their research and participate in workshops on professional development, teaching, and publishing. Each participant will be reimbursed for return travel to Britain, will be provided with free accommodation and most meals in Cambridge, and will receive a modest honorarium.

The deadline for applications is January 20, 2017. Applicants should submit a c.v.; a brief letter detailing how participation in this year’s Summer Institute would benefit their scholarship and careers; a short (300 word) abstract about the research project they will present at the Institute; and a letter of recommendation, ideally from their dissertation adviser. Please send this material electronically (in Word or PDF) to both of the Institute’s organizers, Andrew Preston, Cambridge University <[email protected]> and Mario Del Pero, Sciences Po-Paris <[email protected]>; references should be sent directly by the referee. Please direct all questions to the Institute organizers.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:00am
Arlington , Virginia

50 for 50

SHAFR is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the annual meeting. There can be no better demonstration of SHAFR’s vitality than the sheer intellectual energy, enthusiasm, and collegiality at the conference. You are invited to consider making a financial “thank-you” to SHAFR in honor of this anniversary and to support our continued success. Though the slogan “50 for 50” suggests a $50 gift, any amount (such as $5 from a strudent or a more generous contribution) will be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax-deductible.

The SHAFR 2017 Annual Meeting will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, Arlington, VA (Washington, DC Area) from June 22, 23, 24, 2017.

The 2017 Presidential Address by SHAFR President Mary Dudziak 

Meeting Rooms Floor Plan (PDF)

Renaissance Hotel exterior

Presenter Guidelines

Friday Night Dinner -- This year's social event will be a seafood feast on the gorgeous East Pier at National Harbor catered by Foster's Clambake. Friday, June 23, 6:30-9:30pm. (Vegetarian and vegan options available.) Round-trip bus tickets are available for $10 at registration.

Not taking the shuttle to the Friday night dinner? No problem! A map with a link to driving directions can be found at The Mariner Garage at the corner of Waterfront Street & Mariner Passage is the closest to the venue.

Coming by taxi or ride share? Ask to be dropped off at 155 National Plaza in front of the Redstone American Grill.

Once you arrive, will find the East Pier tent by walking towards the Capital Wheel, a very obvious visible icon.

Roommate Seeking Roomate: The Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) offers support for finding a roommate. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact the CCWH-SHAFR Liaison Ilaria Scaglia at [email protected] (subject line: SHAFR roommate).

Information for Parents with Children: Parents with children are welcome at the 2017 SHAFR conference. The Washington, DC area abounds with family friendly activities and field trip opportunities that might appeal to children.  SHAFR does not have funds to provide/subsidize child care or to organize specific activities for children. Local child care options are provided for your information only. They are not endorsed by SHAFR.

ASAP Sitters


P&E Babysitting

The Educated Babysitter

New this year: A hospitality suite for parents of babies and small children will be available throughout the conference. This room is spacious, has access to handwashing facilities, and includes refrigerated storage. Please ask for the room’s location at the Conference Registration Desk.

Accommodations: Registrants who need accommodations (large print programs or other materials, priority seating, etc.) to facilitate their full participation in the annual meeting should contact SHAFR Conference Coordinator Julie Laut at 513-544-2682 or [email protected]. If a need arises on-site at the annual conference, we encourage you to stop by registration for assistance.

Audio and Video Recording: SHAFR and the media occasionally record conference sessions for use in broadcast and electronic media. Presenters who do not wish for their session to be recorded may opt out when submitting a proposal to the Program Committee. An audience member who wishes to audiotape or videotape must obtain written permission of panelists. SHAFR is not responsible for unauthorized recording. SHAFR reserves the right to revoke the registration of anyone who records sessions without appropriate permissions.

If you have any questions about conference logistics, please contact Julie Laut, Conference Coordinator, at [email protected]. If you have questions about the conference program, please contact the 2017 program committee co-chairs, Robert Brigham and Adriane Lentz-Smith, at [email protected].

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 8:00am