Submit a Proposal
The 86th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association will take place at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee on November 19-22, 2020. The 2020 Program Committee -- Kendra Field, Tufts University; Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University; and Randy Sparks, Tulane University -- invite proposals on all topics related to the history of the American South from its pre-colonial era to today.
The SHA accepts proposals for single papers, traditional sessions, and roundtables. If you have a compelling case, you may also propose content in an alternative format. Please ensure that all proposals adhere to the following rules:
The SHA values diversity. Ideal panels will represent a diversity of age, sex, rank, race, affiliation, etc. Ideally no two people from the same institution should be part of the same session, nor should partners or mentors/mentees be on the same session, unless they are co-authors who are co-presenting and sharing both the responsibility and the credit.
The SHA has a one-year off rule for commenters and chairs and a two year off rule for presenters. In practical terms, someone cannot give a paper or participate in a roundtable if they gave a paper or participated in a roundtable in the two previous years or participated as a commenter or chair in the previous year. Further, someone cannot participate as a commenter or chair if they gave a paper or participated in a roundtable in the two previous years or participated as a commenter or chair in the previous year.
Traditional sessions involve three papers and two commenters. The session chair may serve as one of the commenters.
Roundtables typically involve three or four scholars and a chair.
Scholars who are accepted are not required to become SHA members (though this is encouraged), but they are required to register for the conference.
The SHA would like to accommodate those who truly need a/v to make an effective presentation. These individuals must comply with all of SHA's rules and guidelines, which will be outlined at the time of acceptance. Thank you for participating in the Association! We greatly value your input and ideas.
Submission deadline is September 15, 2019.
To submit a single paper proposal, click here.
To submit a traditional session proposal, click here.
To submit a roundtable proposal, click here.
To propose something for the program in a format other than those described above, click here.