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37th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies extends CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS, due August 25th

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on August 10, 2010

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The 37th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies, being held November 5-6, 2010 at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (17th & M St. NW), is seeking submissions. The extended due date is Wednesday, August 25th

Organizers of the popular D.C. Historical Studies Conference are now accepting proposals for single papers and panels. Interested presenters are also encouraged to submit new films, walking tours, author talks, and practical advice on research and preservation. 

The conference serves as a forum to consider the latest scholarship on the history of Washington, complete with lively presentations of oral history, walking tours, films, new publications, and the History Network. All topics related to local D.C. history are welcome, as are subjects involving the history of the federal government and the surrounding Washington metropolitan area. Past conference program schedules can be found online at the website of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.,

Individual presenters should submit an abstract of your paper, title and affiliation, contact information, and audio-visual equipment needs. Panel proposals should submit a brief description of the session, the contact information, titles and affiliations of each panelist (please designate a principle contact), and a suggestion for a non-presenting moderator. 

H/T to John Kelly for last Tuesday’s mention.. 

What if you threw a history conference and nobody came? That’s not exactly what the organizers of this year’s Washington Historical Studies Conference are worried about. The conference isn’t until November, but they are sweating it a little bit. That’s because by the time the May 28 deadline rolled around to submit panel proposals for the conference, only 10 had come in. 

“We’re used to having 30 to 40 submissions and getting to pick and choose,” said Mark Greek, the head of the conference committee and a photo archivist at the D.C. Public Library. With 12 slots to fill over the two-day conference, 10 just won’t cut it. 

This will be 37th annual conference. I try to attend every year because it’s a great way to meet people who peer into obscure corners of Washington’s history, suburbs included. (“The story of Washington cannot be told without its suburbs,” Greek said.) 

Organizing a presentation is a great way for beginning academics to get their start, but the conference committee also welcomes amateurs. 

Proposals should be sent to Mark Greek at (preferred)  

may otherwise be mailed to: 

2010 D.C. Historical Studies Conference
Attn: Mark Greek
DCPL Washingtoniana Division
901 G Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20001


The 37th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies is co-sponsored by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants, the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Cultural Tourism D.C., Friends of Washingtoniana Division, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Rainbow History Project, and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library.

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