Welcome to the EHS!

Welcome to the home of the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association. The European History Section convenes at the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, held each November. There is ordinarily a European history session in each conference time slot. Other sessions devoted to the fields of British, American, Latin American, and public history bring together recent scholarship by historians in the South.

| EHS Luncheon | Member Benefits | Call for Papers | Awards | Contact |

EHS Annual Luncheon

At the annual meeting, the European History Section hosts a luncheon during which it conducts its annual Business Meeting followed by the Mathews-Weinberg Luncheon Address. The Mathews-Weinberg Luncheon Address is held annually at the conclusion of the Business Luncheon meeting. Initially, the Joseph J. Mathews luncheon address was named after Professor Joseph J. Mathews of Emory University, a longtime and active member of the Section and a dedicated patron of the profession of history in the South. In 2003, the address was renamed for both Professors Mathews and Weinberg. Professor Gerhard Weinberg of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a longtime and active member of the Section and a dedicated patron of the profession of history in the South, is Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught for twenty-five years. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is a distinguished scholar of Nazi Germany. On the Friday evening of the Annual Meeting, the Section holds a reception. In recent years, the reception has been hosted jointly by the Section and the Southern Conference of British Studies.

EHS Membership Benefits

  • Preferred conference registration rates
  • Participation in the EHS program
  • Presence in the EHS Directory
  • Networking with colleagues in your field
  • Spring and Fall European History Newsletter Affiliate membership in the Southern Historical Association
  • Professional leadership opportunities
  • Upcoming Annual Meeting program
  • Graduate Students Support

To join the European History Section or to renew your membership, please mail a completed membership form and dues to:

Jeffery R. Hankins, EHS Treasurer
411 South Sparta St.
Ruston, Louisiana 71270

Call For Papers


The European History Section of the Southern Historical Association invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels for presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Louisville, Kentucky, November 7-10, 2019.

Papers on any aspect and any period of European history or European history in global context are welcome. The program committee especially encourages full-panel proposals comparing Europe to other regions or exploring connections between Europe and other regions.

Panels should consist of two or three papers, a commentator, and a chair. Doctoral students, as well as faculty members and independent scholars, are welcome to submit individual papers or panels, although a panel should not consist exclusively of graduate students.

Individual paper submissions must include an abstract of approximately 250 words and a 1-2-page CV. Submissions for full panels should include a 250-word abstract for each paper, a short CV for each participant, and a 250-500-word description of the overarching topic or theme of the panel with a working panel title. Please provide the full name, affiliation, and email address of each participant and indicate who is serving as panel organizer.

(Note that we cannot accommodate special scheduling requests. Participants must be available to present whenever their session is scheduled.)

Proposals should be sent electronically to Alison Clark Efford, Program Chair, at alison.efford@marquette.edu.

Proposals must be received by September 15, 2018 to be considered for the 2019 Program.

Panelists must be current members of the EHS at the time of the 2019 Conference.

The EHS Newsletter

The European History Newsletter is published twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. Issues contain reports of annual meetings, descriptions of European history sessions at annual meetings, committee news, announcements, special interest columns, and news of historical interest.

EHS Awards


THE MAX KELE AWARD

The award is named for Professor Max Kele (1936-1996) of Bradley University, a longtime and active member of the Section and a dedicated patron of the profession of history in the South. Professor Kele earned the Ph.D. from Tulane University and taught at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Bradley University. The award offers a one-year Section and affiliate membership to superior graduate students.

Eligible students include M.A. students, Ph.D. candidates, new Ph.D.s, and post-doctoral fellows nominated by members of the Section or faculty members of Southern colleges and universities. Up to three candidates may be nominated from one university. The Secretary-Treasurer approves the nominations in the limits of available monies. Nominations are sought from graduate studies directors through the European History Section Newsletter and by the Membership Committee. Graduate directors may contact the chair of the Membership Committee to recommend eligible students no later than April 30.

THE JOHN L. SNELL MEMORIAL PRIZE

The John L. Snell memorial Prize is named for Professor John L. Snell (1923-1972) who was a distinguished scholar and diplomatic historian and the founder of the European History Section. A bomber pilot during World War II, he taught at Tulane University, University of Pennsylvania, and UNC Chapel Hill, where he received the Ph.D. in 1950. It is given annually to the graduate student with the best seminar paper in European history. “European” is defined as encompassing the entire continent, including Russia, from pre-history to the present.

The prize carries a certificate, a cash value of $250, and a one-year complimentary membership in the Section. The competition is open to graduate students of any member of the Section or of a program at a Southern college or university. Eligible individuals and/or their advisers may contact the chair of the Snell Prize Committee no later than August 1.

THE PARKER-SCHIMITT AWARD

The Parker Schmitt Award was created in 2005 and is named for two outstanding scholars in European History, Professor Harold Parker and Professor Hans Schmitt. Professor Harold Parker (1908-2002) was a specialist of 19th century European History who taught at Duke University from 1939 until his retirement in 1980. Professor Hans A. Schmitt (1921-2006), a founding father of the European History Section, and 20th century German History specialist, taught at the University of Oklahoma, Tulane University, New York University, and the University of Virginia.

The award is given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best Ph.D. Dissertation in European history nominated by a member of the Section or a faculty member at a Southern college or university. The award is given in even years and carries a cash value of $250. Doctoral theses defended between August 1 of the year the award was previously given and July 31 of the year the award is to be given are eligible for consideration. Criteria for selection include quality and originality of research, new and stimulating interpretations and insights, and literary quality. Eligible theses may be recommended to the chair of the Parker-Schmitt-Simpson Committee. The person making the recommendation is responsible for ensuring that each committee member receives a copy no later than June 1 of the year the award is given.

THE SIMPSON AWARD

The Simpson Award is named for Professor Amos E. Simpson, who was the Frank A. Godchaux Professor of History at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he taught and was an administrator from 1956 until his retirement in 1995. The award is given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best paper read at the European sessions of the annual SHA meeting. “European” is defined as encompassing the entire continent, including Russia, from pre-history to the present. The award is given in odd years and carries a cash value of $250. Papers read at the two annual meetings preceding the year the award is given are eligible for consideration. The papers are gathered by the chair of the Parker-Schmitt-Simpson Committee from past EHS panel chairs and sent to members of the Award Committee who read all submissions and choose the winning paper. Criteria for selection include quality and originality of research, new and stimulating interpretations and insights, and literary quality. Eligible panelists may contact the chair of the Parker-Schmitt-Simpson Committee. The person making the recommendation is responsible for ensuring that each committee member receives a copy by June 1 of the year the award is given.

THE BAKER-BURTON AWARD

The Baker-Burton Award was created in 2005 and is named for two distinguished scholars, Professor Vaughan Baker Simpson of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, and University of Akron Professor Emerita June K. Burton. The award is given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best first book in European history by a member of the Section or a graduate student or a faculty member of a Southern college or university. “European” is defined as encompassing the entire continent, including Russia, from pre-history to the present.

The award is given in odd years and carries a cash value of $250. Books published between August 1 of the year the award was previously given and July 31 of the year the award is to be given are eligible for consideration. Criteria for selection include quality and originality of research, new and stimulating interpretations and insights, and literary quality. Eligible books may be recommended to the chair of the Baker-Burton-Smith Committee by their authors or by any member of the Section. The person making the recommendation is responsible for ensuring that each committee member receives a copy no later than August 1 of the year the award is given.

THE SMITH AWARD

The Smith Award, named for Professor Charles E. Smith (1906-1959), who taught ancient, medieval, English History, and Renaissance and Reformation at Louisiana State University and served as Dean from 1934 until his untimely death in 1959. The Award is given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best book published in European history by a member of the Section or a faculty member of a Southern college or university, or by a Southern press. “European” is defined as encompassing the entire continent, including Russia, from pre-history to the present.

The award is given in even years and carries a cash value of $250. Books published between August 1 of the year the award was previously given and July 31 of the year the award is to be given are eligible for consideration. Criteria for selection include quality and originality of research, new and stimulating interpretations and insights, and literary quality. Eligible books may be recommended to the chair of the Baker-Burton-Smith Committee by their authors or publishers or by any member of the Section. The person making the recommendation is responsible for ensuring that each committee member receives a copy by August 1 of the year the award is given.

THE ENNO E. KRAEHE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

This special service award was created in 1985 and carries a handsome wall plaque presented at the annual European History Section luncheon. The award may not be given in some years because it recognizes a lifetime of service to the organization. The Executive Committee of the Section places names in nomination where they remain for at least one year, and perhaps for several years, until the year a subsequent committee votes to make the timely award.

The first recipient was Professor Enno E. Kraehe (1921-2008). Professor Kraehe held the Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and taught at the University of Kentucky (1946-1964), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1964-1968), and the University of Virginia (1968-1991), where he was Commonwealth Professor and William W. Corcoran Professor and Professor Emeritus. A diplomatic historian and a specialist of Metternich, Professor Kraehe was a longtime and active member of the Section and a dedicated patron of the profession of history in the South. European History Section members may submit nominations for the Kraehe award to the Executive Committee prior to the annual meeting.

EHS Contacts

Section Officers and Committees

Chair
Jeff Burson
Georgia Southern University
Email: jburson@georgiasouthern.edu

Vice-Chair
Lois Huneycutt
University of Missouri
Email: huneycuttl@missouri.edu

Treasurer
Jeffery Hankins
Louisiana Tech University
Email: jhankins@latech.edu

Secretary
David Cameron
Southeast Missouri State University
Email: jdcameron@semo.edu

Immediate Past Chair
Maura Hametz
Old Dominion University
Email: mhametz@odu.edu

SHA Representative
Elisabeth Cawthon
University of Texas at Arlington
Email: cawthon2@uta.edu

Newsletter Editor
David Redles
Cuyahoga Community College
Email: david.redles@tri-c.edu

Section Historian
Alice-Catherine Carls
University of Tennessee at Martin
Email: accarls@utm.edu

Program Committee

Howard Miller, 2018 Chair
Lipscomb University
Email: howard.miller@lipscomb.edu

Alison Efford, 2019 Chair
Marquette University
Email: alison.efford@marquette.edu

Emily Gioielli, 2020 Chair
University of Cincinnati
Email: emily.gioielli@gmail.com

Andre Fleche, 2021 Chair
Castleton University
Email: andre.fleche@castleton.edu

Membership Committee

Karl J. Trybus, 2018 Chair
Limestone College
Email: ktrybus@limestone.edu

Brett Bebber
Old Dominion University
Email: bbebber@odu.edu

Brian Feltman
Georgia Southern University
Email: bfeltman@georgiasouthern.edu

Nominating Committee

Jose E. Alvarez, 2018 Chair
University of Houston–Downtown
Email: alvarezj@uhd.edu

John Cox
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Email: jcox73@uncc.edu

Joanne Rao Sanchez
St. Edwards University
Email: joannes@stedwards.eduUniversity of Tennessee at Martin

Baker-Burton-Smith Award Committee

Andrew Holt, 2018 Chair
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Email: andrew.holt@fscj.edu

Steven Soper
University of Georgia
Email: ssoper@uga.edu

Dean Kostantaras
Northwestern State University
Email: kostantarasd@nsula.edu

Parker-Schmitt-Simpson Award Committee

Samuel Pierce, 2018 Chair
University of South Carolina Aiken
Email: Samuel.Pierce@usca.edu

Dominique Reill
University of Miami
Email: d.reill@miami.edu

Patricia Kollander
Florida Atlantic University
Email: kollande@fau.edu

Snell Memorial Prize Committee

Christopher J. Ward, 2018 Chair
Clayton State University
Email: ChristopherWard@clayton.edu

Thomas McSweeney
College of William and Mary
Email: tjmcsweeney@wm.edu

Erica Johnson
Francis Marion University
Email: ejohnson@fmarion.edu