European History Section



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.

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Deadline Extended CFP: Southern Historical Association, Baltimore, November 2022

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 Baltimore, Maryland, November 10–13, 2022. 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. The committee
encourages diversity and inclusion with respect to the composition of panels and topics
considered. 

We also invite pedagogical submissions, especially those that present and discuss how
members coped with the challenges of teaching European history during the wholesale shift to
online teaching and remote learning. These could include presentations on teaching methods,
sources, assignments, and other remote-learning components with regard to the teaching of
European History. 

Individual paper submissions must include an abstract of approximately 250 words and a 1–2-
page CV. Panels should consist of two or three—ideally three—papers, a commentator, and a
chair.  Graduate 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. Graduate students are encouraged to reach out to the Program Chair with
questions about the submission process.

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 Molly Johnson, Program Chair, at
[email protected]

Proposal deadline extended to October 8, 2021. Panelists must be current members of
the EHS at the time of the 2022 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 Newsletter, Spring 2021

EHS Newsletter, Fall 2020

EHS Newsletter, Spring 2020

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

5234 Indigo Street

Houston, Texas 77096

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.

Recipients

2018 – James Chappel

Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2018.

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.

Officers of the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association

 Executive Committee

Chair

Rebecca Boehling

University of Maryland—Baltimore County

USHMM

[email protected]

Vice Chair

Sharon Kawolsky

Texas A&M Commerce

[email protected]

Past Chair

Lois Huneycutt

University of Missouri

[email protected]

 Treasurer

Jeffery Hankins

Wharton County Junior College

[email protected]

Secretary

David Cameron

Southeast Missouri State University

[email protected]

 SHA Representative (2021)

Maura Hametz

James Madison University

[email protected]

SHA Representative (2022-2023)

Karl Trybus

Limestone College

[email protected]

Managing Editor, Newsletter

David Redles

Cuyahoga Community College

[email protected]

Section Historian

Alice-Catherine Carls

University of Tennessee at Martin

[email protected]

Committee Chairs

2021 Program (New Orleans)

Andre Fleche

Castleton University

[email protected]

2022 Program (Baltimore)

Molly Johnson

University of Alabama—Huntsville

[email protected]

2023 Program (Charlotte)

Nathan Orgill

Georgia Gwinnett College

[email protected]

2024 Program (Kansas City)

Heather Perry

University of North Carolina—Charlotte

[email protected]

 2021 Nominating (Chair)

Joanne Rao Sanchez

St. Edwards University

[email protected]

2022 Nominating


Wayne Bowen

University of Central Florida

[email protected]

2023 Nominating

Tiffany Ziegler

Midwestern State University

[email protected] 

2021 Membership (Chair)

Brian Feltman

Georgia Southern University

[email protected]

2022 Membership

Alex d’Erizans

Borough of Manhattan Community College

[email protected]

 2023 Membership

Lois Huneycutt

University of Missouri

[email protected]

2021 Parker-Schmitt-Simpson (Chair)

Emily Greble

Vanderbilt University

[email protected]

2022 Parker-Schmitt-Simpson

Wendy Koenig

Long Beach City College

[email protected]

2023 Parker-Schmitt-Simpson

Michele Strong

University of South Alabama

[email protected]

 2021 Baker-Burton-Smith (Chair)

John Frymire

University of Missouri

[email protected]

2022 Baker-Burton-Smith

Adam R. Seipp

Texas A&M University

[email protected]

 2023 Baker-Burton-Smith

Erin Hochman

Southern Methodist University

[email protected]

 2021 Snell (Chair)

Bryan Banks

Columbus State University

[email protected]

2022 Snell

Stephen Stillwell

Retired, Independent Scholar

[email protected]

 2023 Snell

Dr. Lee Farrow

Professor of History

Auburn University at Montgomery

[email protected]