CFP: 41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

November 17-20, 2016, The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

Call for papers

Interdisciplinary historical studies have changed dramatically in the forty year history of the Social Science History Association. Twenty-first century research crosses disciplinary boundaries with an ease that was unthinkable in 1976, bringing new insights into how people lived in the past, what they experienced and thought, and how they were creative.

In recognition of the opportunities we have to expand our knowledge and understanding of socio-historical phenomena in ways that that integrate information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and theories from the physical and biological sciences, literature, the arts, technology, and medicine, the 2016 Program Committee seeks panel and paper proposals with the broadest possible perspectives on the past. These papers and panels may consider the myriad ways that history, culture, law, economy, demography, education, knowledge production, geography, migration, religion, sexuality, and politics engage with phenomena known to the sciences, medicine, literature and the arts, broadly conceived.

The 2016 Program Committee also welcomes, as always, individual papers and panels on all aspects of social science history (see the list of network organizers for the range of topics regularly engaged by conference panels).

Starting on December 1, 2015, proposals for individual papers and complete sessions will be accepted at, which provides instructions for submission. The deadline is February 20, 2016. We prefer the submission of complete sessions. If you plan to organize a session, we recommend that you first contact a network representative. Network representatives, who are open to all possibilities, screen all papers and panels in their areas. (Current networks, with their representatives’ email and web addresses, are listed on the SSHA website.) If you are not certain which network your paper proposal best fits, just ask the representative of the networks closest to your interests.

SSHA will continue to make competitive grants for graduate student travel.


Deadline: February 20, 2016

Posted: January 25, 2016