2020 SCWH Conference Information

June 4–6, 2020, Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Raleigh, NC

Additional details will be posted as they become available.



Call for papers (pdf file)

The SCWH welcomes panel proposals or individual papers on the broadly defined Civil War era—chronologically, geographically, and topically. The goal of the conference is to promote the integration of social, cultural, military, and political history, as well as the history of memory, from the period of slavery and westward expansion to the end of Reconstruction. The conference also brings into conversation academic historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public history sites.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 16, 2019. Please complete a submission form (panel proposal: http://richardscenter.la.psu.edu/conference-papers/panel-submission-form/ or single paper proposal: http://richardscenter.la.psu.edu/conference-papers/single-paper-submission/) and upload a single PDF file.  Proposals should include a title and abstract for the papers (approximately 250-300 words) and a short curriculum vitae from each participant. Panel submissions should have an overall title and statement about the thrust of the session.

We also welcome proposals that depart from the traditional panel format and instead experiment with other forms, such as workshops, PechaKucha presentations, roundtables, or other means of engaging with the audience.

For more information, see the Society’s website at https://sites.psu.edu/scwhistorians/, or contact the Richards Center at (814) 863-0151. Final decisions on submissions will be made at the Southern Historical Association meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 7-10, 2019.

Call for Applications:  SCWH Second-Book Writers’ Workshop (pdf file)

The Society for Civil War Historians invites applications for its first-ever Second-Book Writers’ Workshop, to be held in conjunction with its next conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The workshop will take place during the afternoon of Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Inspired by our friends at SHEAR, who created a successful model for this initiative, the workshop aims to support historians who are confronting the unique challenges of mid-career status. The publication of a second book may be necessary for professional advancement—but many associate professors find themselves with less time and less guidance than they had when completing their dissertations and first books. More service obligations, and for some, new family and child-rearing pressures, can slow down progress in researching and writing. Additional questions about one’s research trajectory—about where and how to move forward intellectually—sometimes compound these challenges. This workshop is therefore designed to provide a collegial environment in which mid-career scholars can get the support they need and avoid getting “stuck.”

Participants in this workshop will meet in small groups, each led by a mentor drawn from the SCWH’s senior ranks. The mentors are:

  • Gregory Downs, University of California, Davis
  • Lesley Gordon, University of Alabama
  • Diane Miller Sommerville, Binghamton University

Each participant will pre-circulate a piece of writing related to the second book that will provide the basis for the workshop discussion. It could be a chapter draft, an application for a fellowship, or a book proposal—as long as it represents some stage of the second-book writing process.

The workshop is open to any second-book writer working in the areas of slavery, abolition, sectional conflict, Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction.

To apply, participants should submit to SCWH@psu.edu a CV and a one-page summary in pdf format that describes both the book project and the specific material that will be pre-circulated for the workshop.  Applications are due by January 10; participants will be notified of acceptance by March 15. Workshop materials should then be pre-circulated by April 27.

Questions? Contact the SCWH Program Committee Chair, Amy Murrell Taylor, at amtaylor1@uky.edu.

Program Committee: 
  • Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina

  • Angela Diaz, Utah State University

  • Susanna Michele Lee, North Carolina State University

  • Barton A. Myers, Washington and Lee University

  • Amy Murrell Taylor, University of Kentucky (chair)

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