Proposals for 2016 Annual Meeting of American historians are due January 23

BLOOMINGTON—The Program Committee for the 2016 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting invites submitted proposals on the topic of leadership for its four-day 2016 program, which will be held April 7-10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.

Proposals are welcome from all historians, including those who work in arts and cultural institutions, museums, nonprofit organizations, state and federal government, higher education, and other public-private settings.

"The committee seeks proposals exploring any aspect of leadership in American history, from early human settlement through modern times," noted Katherine M. Finley, OAH executive director.

Proposals reflecting broad fields of American historical work—especially those which are multicultural—as they relate to leadership are encouraged.

Submissions for paper sessions, debates, film screenings, panel discussions, exhibit posters, roundtables, state-of-the-field sessions, and workshops will be considered.

Examples of concepts that could be explored are:

  • Conventional and unconventional aspects of leadership based on cultural, economic, social, or geographic boundaries
  • How individual and collective leaders are shaped by groups and the environments that created them
  • Traditional and nontraditional forms of leadership, including that which is homegrown, imported, virtual, imagined, or invented
  • The origin, character, practice, and longevity of leadership
  • Successes and failures of leaders in times of crisis and prosperity

Leadership subject areas to consider include:

  • Agriculture, conservation, and the environment
  • Art, literature, music, sports, or entertainment
  • Foreign relations and international affairs
  • Military forces, war, and peace
  • Politics, economics, society, religion, or education
  • Race, gender, sexuality, and class
  • Reform and resistance movements, both grassroots, national, or global
  • Technologies for business, communication, health care, and manufacturing
  • Urban or rural development

Attended by more than 2,000 top scholars and historians from around the world, the OAH Annual Meeting is the world's largest gathering of American history specialists.

The 2016 Program Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Ann Fabian (Rutgers University) and Dr. Eric Rauchway (University of California, Davis).

Proposals must be received by January 23, 2015. For complete details, including submission procedures, suggested paper lengths, and more, go to or call 812.855.7311.

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Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. With more than 7,800 members from the U.S. and abroad, OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, encouraging wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of history practitioners. It publishes the quarterly Journal of American History, the leading scholarly publication and journal of record in the field of American history for more than nine decades. It also publishes The American Historian magazine. Formerly known as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA), the association became the OAH in 1965 to reflect a broader scope focusing on national studies of American history. The OAH national headquarters are located in the historic Raintree House on Indiana University's Bloomington campus. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For information, visit, e-mail, or call 812.855.7311.

Posted: August 1, 2015
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