27 September 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: SHAFR 2014 Annual Conference (Lexington, June 19-21 2014)

WhatThe Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) 2014 Annual Conference
WhereHyatt Regency Lexington - Lexington, Kentucky
When: June 19-21 2014

Deadline: December 1, 2013 

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites proposals for panels and individual papers at its 2014 Annual Conference, to be held June 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky. 
Proposals must be submitted via the on-line interface by December 1, 2013 in order to be considered. 
SHAFR is dedicated to the scholarly study of the history of the U.S. in the world. This includes diplomacy, statecraft, and strategy, but it also includes other approaches pertaining to America's relations with the widerworld, including (but not limited to) global governance, transnational movements, religion, human rights, race, gender, trade and economics, immigration, borderlands, the environment, and empire. 
SHAFR welcomes those who study any time period of American foreign relations, from the colonial era to the present.
The 2014 meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, will feature a plenary session on Thursday evening, titled "The Fall of the Wall: A 25th Anniversary Reassessment," featuring Jeffrey Engel (Southern Methodist University), Melvyn Leffler (University of Virginia), Mary Sarotte (University of Southern California), Tom Zeiler (University of Colorado), and Philip D. Zelikow (University of Virginia).
The keynote address at the Saturday luncheon will be delivered by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, National Editor of The Washington Post and author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone and Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

SHAFR is committed to holding as inclusive and diverse a conference as possible, and we encourage proposals from international scholars, women and minorities, and scholars from other disciplines (such as political science,anthropology, or American studies) or other subfields of history.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as part of a panel rather than as an individual. A complete panel usually involves either three papers plus chair and commentator (with the possibility of one person fulfilling the latter two roles) or a roundtable discussion with a chair and three to five participants. The Committee is open to alternative formats, which should be described briefly in the proposal. 
Each participant can only serve once in each capacity. For example, you can only serve once as a chair, once as a commentator, and once as a panelist.
Since proposals for complete panels with a coherent theme will be favored over individual paper proposals, those seeking to create or fill out a panel should consult the "panelists seeking panelists" link on the SHAFR 2014 Annual Meeting web page or tweet #SHAFR2014.
Graduate students, international scholars, and those participants who expand the diversity of SHAFR are eligible to apply for fellowships to subsidize the cost of attending the conference. Please visit the Conference Online Application Gateway for details and the online application form.

The application deadline for these fellowships is December 1, 2013.

All proposals and funding applications should be submitted via the Conference Online Application Gateway at
Applicants requiring alternative means to submit the proposal should contact the program co-chairs via email at

To help better prepare our graduate student membership for the job market, SHAFR will host a hands-on job search workshop during the 2014 conference. Students will have the opportunity to receive individualized feedback on their cover letters and cvs. Anyone submitting a paper or panel proposal for the conference will have the opportunity to indicate their interest in the Job Workshop by checking a box on the online submission form. However, you do not have to be a panelist to participate in the Workshop. The Job Workshop is open to all current graduate students and newly minted Ph.D.s. 
Priority will be given to first-time participants.
For more details about the conference hotel, the panelists seeking panelists forum, travel funding opportunities, and the Job Workshop, please visit the conference website at

SHAFR 2014 Program Committee Andrew Preston and Sarah B. Snyder, co-chairs

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