Urban History Association Conference

The Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association
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The Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association

“Cities at the Crossroads”

Columbia, SC
October 18-21, 2018 


The Urban History Association invites submissions for sessions and papers on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan history. We welcome proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers.

The conference theme, “Cities at the Crossroads,” reflects the growing interdisciplinarity of the field of urban history, the role of cities as meeting places, and the contemporary challenges of urban political isolation and tension over issues such as climate change, immigration, segregation, and inequality.

We encourage submissions that explore the diversity of the study of cities, including contributions from other disciplines and from historians who interpret notions of “urban” broadly and synthetically, whether politically, geographically, socially, or culturally. The program committee welcomes proposals for innovative workshops or non-traditional sessions. Successful panel and paper proposals need not adhere strictly to the conference theme, and the program committee will pay special attention to panels marking the anniversaries of events in or profoundly affecting cities, such as the Kerner Commission Report, the Fair Housing Act, or the 1968 Paris uprising.

Each proposal should have the following format:

Individual paper submissions should include an abstract up to 150 words with up to four keywords, along with a one-page CV, including address and email. These should be submitted as a single PDF file.

Panel submissions should include a cover page indicating the lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names of the session Chair and Commentator; a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, plus a description of the format (eg panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address and e-mail, all submitted as a combined, single PDF file.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2018. Scholars who are unable to submit their proposals by the 15th should contact the Program Committee Co-Chairs via email to request more time. The program committee also plans for a graduate student workshop and a poster session, which will have a separate proposal deadline of May 1, 2018, with details forthcoming.

Please direct inquiries to Program Committee co-chairs LaDale Winling at Virginia Tech and Elaine Lewinnek at California State University-Fullerton (Columbia2018UHA@gmail.com). 

Download a PDF copy of this CFP here

The proposal deadline has passed. Thank you for your interest in the conference and please check back for more information and a release of the program this summer.

Student Poster Sessions on Urban History

Call for Proposals

The Urban History Association will be holding its biennial conference in Columbia, South Carolina October 18-21, 2018. The conference will feature a public session of posters that present original research by students. This session will be an opportunity for students at the graduate and advanced undergraduate level to present their work in a forum attended by hundreds of scholars from all over the United States.

Students interested in participating should submit to Columbia2018UHA@gmail.com, by June 1, 2018, a single document containing the following:

- A one-page abstract, clearly marked with your name and contact information,

summarizing the research. It should include the title, central research question(s), a brief statement of significance, sources consulted, and major conclusions. Works in progress, such as Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations, that do not yet have firm conclusions, are also encouraged.

- A one-page resume or curriculum vitae, including (at a minimum) your contact information, university, major or concentration, expected degree, and expected date of graduation.

Please have your advisor or a faculty member closely familiar with the project email a

short letter of endorsement to Columbia2018UHA@gmail.com explaining the significance of the work and confirming that the faculty member expects it will be ready to present by October. This email is also due by June 1, 2018.

Presenters are expected to provide their own poster of up to 36” x 42”. UHA will provide foamcore backing boards, easels, and clips.

A special graduate student fee is available to make conference participation accessible to graduate students.

Questions can be addressed to LaDale Winling, Program Committee Co-Chair, Columbia2018UHA@gmail.com

UHA is an organization founded for the purpose of stimulating interest and forwarding research and study in the history of the city in all periods and geographical areas.  The UHA supports a variety of activities to enhance the visibility of the study of the history of the city.

For further information please consult http://www.urbanhistory.org/columbia2018

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