44th Annual Conference on D.C. History

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44th Conference on D.C. History, November 2-5, 2017
Hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 9, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

The Conference Committee of the 44th Annual Conference on D.C. History cordially invites presentations on all topics relating to the history of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the federal government.

About the Annual Conference on D.C. History:

The Conference began as a collaborative effort by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the D.C. Public Library, and The George Washington University. Its mission has remained constant: to provide a friendly and rigorous forum for discussing and promoting original research in the history of local Washington, D.C., and its metropolitan area.

Each year, two sessions bring together the community of D.C. historians: the Letitia Wood Brown Memorial Lecture, honoring the memory of this pioneering scholar of D.C. history; and the plenary session addressing the state of D.C. historical studies, which in recent years has included conversation with journalists, authors, archivists, and teachers.

Call for Submissions:

For the 2017 Conference, we are looking ahead towards the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1968. We suggest, but do not require, submissions that touch on 1968 and its unrest as a pivotal moment in the history of D.C., the history of activism in the D.C. area, or the intersection of race, politics, governance, and history in the D.C. area. How does 1968 resonate today? We specifically seek submissions from cultural historians and community members as well as academics, and encourage the participation of students at all education levels in the Conference.


Panels are one hour and 15 minutes, consisting of three or four individual papers which may be submitted as a single proposal (preferred) or as individual papers. Panels may adopt innovative formats and may focus on academic or cultural studies. Panels may also take the form of “community conversations,” facilitated, audience-participation conversations with at least two lead speakers or moderators. The moderators of these conversations will engage audience members to elicit memories, interactions, and views on current events that are affecting their neighborhoods.

To submit a proposal in this category:

Research Panel or Community Conversation

Submit a 150-word description of the session complete with panel title and titles of each presentation. Include the role of each panelist, professional titles and institutional affiliations (if applicable), name of moderator, and an additional 150-word abstract for each presentation. Supply contact information for the panel organizer and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.

Individual Paper

Submit your paper title and a 150-word abstract along with a CV or resume, professional title and institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact info, and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.

Learning Experience or Creative Commons

Submit a 150-word proposal for a workshop designed to engage participants in an interactive experience exploring a critical issue to D.C. history or contemporary issues in the city.


In the evenings and on the Sunday of the conference weekend, we provide films, tours, and longer workshops for conference goers and members of the public. Producers of new films (completed or in process) are invited to present to the conference, as are proposals for guided walking and bus tours and for practical workshops on research methods or the preservation of historical materials.

To submit a proposal in this category:

Film (one hour or less running time)

Submit a brief description of your completed film including topic, running time, audience age restrictions if any, project status, and interest in a follow-up Q&A. Please note: all films will be reviewed before acceptance.

Walking or Bus Tour

Submit a description of tour topic, location, length (running time and distance), start and stop points, ticket price, ages of audiences, and guide’s professional and contact information.

Practical Workshop or Unconference

Submit a description of your two- to four-hour workshop or unconference including all IT/audio-visual requirements as well as requirements for tables or other display areas and contact information.

All submissions are evaluated for suitability and scholarship by the Conference Committee. The submission deadline is Friday, June 9, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Researchers will be notified in July if their proposal was accepted

To see panels and information about past conferences, visit http://www.DCHistory.org/conference/


The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 9, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Submissions should be submitted online at: http://cdchs.submittable.com/submit


The 44th Annual Conference on D.C. History is presented by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., the DC Historic Preservation Office, the District of Columbia Office of Public Records, The George Washington University, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Special Collections Division of the DC Public Library, and the University of the District of Columbia.

Visit http://www.DCHistory.org/conference