Submit a Proposal

This proposal window for the 87th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association is now open. The meeting will take place at the Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans from November 3 through 6, 2021. The 2021 Program Committee invites university affiliated historians, public historians, and independent scholars to submit proposals on all topics related to the history of the American South from its pre-colonial era to today. Submissions for single papers are accepted and we encourage session proposals that include three papers, as well as two commentators and a chair. In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, we especially welcome panels that bring scholars together who are not typically in conversation with one another, whether by reason of subfield of history, sex, race, or institution. We want to showcase the diversity of both the association and the region.

Please remember that the SHA Executive Council revised the rules for eligibility. In the past, the Association has followed a strict “two-year off” rule: participants to a program, whether chairs, commentators, roundtable panelists, or paper presenters, were required to sit out two programs before they could participate again. This remains true for roundtable panelists and paper presenters, but chairs and commentators are now only required to sit out one year. 

If you are having trouble finding or forming a diverse panel, please email the SHA office ([email protected]) or the program co-chairs and we will help you. All proposals for the 2021 program must be submitted online at Submissions have been extended to October 20, 2020.

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.