Teaching History Conference: Call for Proposals

Call for Proposal Details

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2021 conference has passed.  

Conference Theme

The 2021 conference, “Challenges of Teaching and Learning History: Issues of Pedagogy and Content” furthers this collaborative dialogue by focusing on “teaching hard history” and asking the question: How can conversations across the K–16 continuum and beyond help us more effectively address pedagogical challenges and contested or controversial histories?  We are seeking proposals that respond to this theme and question. 

Proposal Selection

In an effort to advance the Teaching History Conference’s mission of offering a space for a cross-sectional conversation on history education, the selection committee will give priority to proposals that demonstrate an engagement with one or more of three broad categories: historical literacy, collaboration and partnerships, pedagogical training and development. Read more about these categories here

Further, the committee encourages applicants to develop proposals that can model collaboration or intermingling between history practitioners from different locations of the profession. For example, we encourage a panel that features both high school and college teachers, or roundtables that include both history professors and education researchers. 

Presentation Types

The categorization of session types—workshop, roundtable, seminar, and panel—is meant to facilitate the work of bridging professional spaces that tend to divide the history education landscape. Fundamentally, we aspire to host a combination of sessions that are accessible and familiar to all participants and attendees, regardless of professional home. Each of the sessions, regardless of type, will be 90 minutes in length. Read more about the presentation types here.

Seeking Co-Presenters across the K-16 Continuum

If you are an individual looking to join a presentation in one of the above formats, or a group seeking an additional presenter, please use this Presenter Finder spreadsheet, or tweet out your request using the hashtag #TH21Collab. (If you tag @TeachHistConf in your tweet, we can also amplify your request!).

Submitting Your Proposal

All proposals MUST be submitted using the submission form below; proposals will not be accepted via email.

For your conference proposal, you will need to prepare the following:

  • Title of seminar, workshop, panel, or roundtable 
  • Abstract of panel, seminar, or workshop (250–500 words) 
  • Brief description of your session for use in the program (50 words max)
  • If submitting a panel or roundtable, brief abstracts for each presentation/commentary (250 words max)
  • Audiovisual/technology needs for your session
  • Information about all session participants: name, title, affiliation, email address, & short professional bio
  • If submitting a proposal with more than one participant, a designated contact person responsible for receiving and sharing email communications with the group
  • Consider whether you want to deliver your session live or pre-record your session for participants to view asynchronously

Selection decisions will be emailed to designated contacts.

Deadline to Submit Your Proposal was October 31, 2020.

Download the Conference Flyer or the full Call for Proposals Questions? Email: teaching.history.conference@gmail.com