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Call for Papers

The 109th annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch, Uncharted Terrain: The Challenge of Re–Imagining Traveling to the Past, August 04th through August 06th 2016, Waikoloa Beach, Hawai‘i.

The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Program Committee invites proposals for sessions on the expansive configuration of approaches and challenges to investigating, writing, and learning from the uncharted terrain and travels of history.

We welcome proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers, and alternative session formats that make for wide audience participation in the proceedings. The Program Committee is delighted to share that the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Waikoloa Beach, Hawai‘i will serve as the local host for this year’s meeting, which will be held on August 4–6, 2016.

The meeting theme of re–imagining how we approach our investigation and writing of history across a diversity of contexts and destinations, as well as the accessibility and urgency of learning from history in our contemporary moment, captures our investment in sharing an inclusive, productive meeting with the widest audience possible. We therefore encourage submissions that interrogate and examine the expanse, research methodologies, travels, and futurity of generative approaches to re–envisioning how we investigate, write, and learn from history.

Presentations of research in all fields of historical inquiry are welcome. The program committee especially seeks panels that honor the multiple anniversaries of our era: the Watts uprising in Los Angeles, the election of Indira Gandhi as prime minister of India, the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the beginning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the Supreme Court’s Miranda decision, the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self–Defense, the independence of a number of former colonies, the Immigration Act of 1965, and more events that point to the invaluable potential of learning from our diverse approaches to commemorate impactful historical moments.

Our program committee invites panels that center on the dynamically hemispheric interactions and relationships that bring together and shed insight on the under-examined trajectories and consequences of histories that stretch across Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. As part of the meeting, our program committee also will organize workshops for undergraduate and graduate students striving to make academic and professional strides in our field of inquiry, and highly encourages research presentations by these students.

We welcome complete panel proposals, and will consider individual papers. One panel participant for each proposed panel is expected to serve as a contact for the complete panel.

  • Panel proposals should include: a brief description of the panel, a one–page abstract for each paper presentation, and a one page c.v. for each panel participant.
  • Roundtable proposals should also provide: a contact person and submit a brief description of the roundtable and a one page c.v. for each participant.
  • Proposals that include an alternative format should include: a description of the session and its format and goals, as well as a one page c.v. for each participant.
  • All those submitting individual papers should include: a one–page paper abstract and a one page c.v. for the individual.

Please email submissions by December 4, 2015 to both:

Submissions should be included as Word or PDF documents. Submitters will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2016.

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