The 2024 HOTCUS annual conference will be hosted by the University of Southampton, between the 19-21 June 2024. The plenary speaker will be The plenary speaker will be Randall J. Stephens, Professor of American and British Studies at the University of Oslo. As in previous years, the plenary speaker will host the PGR/ECR workshop on the first day of the conference where PhD students and Early Careers Scholars can present and receive feedback on chapters, articles, or detailed research proposals.
For this Annual Conference, organizers are hoping to continue improving our offering for attendants by encouraging scholars to propose sessions other than the traditional panel with 20 minute individual papers and questions. At the Northumbria 2023 Annual Conference, we were able to deliver well-received alternative formats, including several book presentations, themed roundtables, and active workshops. We hope to continue introducing more varied sessions this year, and will be prioritizing selecting from scholars who propose alternative formats for presenting their research this year.
The Call for Papers is now live, and full details regarding submissions can be consulted below. Paper and panel proposals should be submitted to the following email address – [email protected] – by midnight, UK time on March 1, 2024. Interested scholars can use the HOTCUS 2024 Panel Finder to indicate their interest in forming a panel with other potential attendants around a particular format or theme.
HOTCUS 2024 Annual Conference: Call for Papers
Conference dates: 19-21 June, 2024
Location: University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Keynote address: Professor Randall Stephens (University of Oslo), “tbc”
Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) is delighted to invite paper and panel proposals for our 2024 annual conference. The conference format will be fully in-person, at the University of Southampton.
Call for Papers
We welcome panel, roundtable and paper proposals on all topics concerning the history of the United States – broadly conceived – from 1890 to the present. We especially welcome proposals from underrepresented scholars and on underrepresented topics. These include, but are not limited to, work on and/or by Indigenous and Latin American communities, Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities, women, LGBTQI+ people, and disabled people.
We particularly encourage fully formed panel proposals or roundtable discussions, and encourage those seeking fellow panelists to use our online Panel Finder document. Research panels are traditionally confined to a maximum of 90 minutes, and composed of three speakers, although we strongly encourage innovative and alternative formats, which can be outlined in your panel proposal or discussed in advance with the HOTCUS Events Secretary, Dr Megan Hunt ([email protected]).
We also welcome panels and roundtables focused less directly on particular research topics, which might address, for example, the use of archives and other primary sources, specific texts, themes, events and anniversaries, pedagogy or other issues relating to academic culture and careers, or contemporary political and social questions salient to the study of modern American history.
We will also accept individual paper proposals, where possible, with resulting panels assembled by the conference committee.
Please note that HOTCUS will give preference to panels that reflect the diversity of our field in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and institutional affiliation. We will also give preference to panels that include a mix of participants from across the career spectrum (i.e., from postgraduate to professor). Historically, women have been disproportionately underrepresented on panels and HOTCUS is taking positive action, as permitted under s.158 Equality Act 2010, to enable and encourage the participation of women. For this reason, all-male panel proposals will not be accepted. HOTCUS may constitute an all-male panel or other presentation where absolutely necessary (but any such consideration will be other than via the call for papers procedure).
If submitting an individual paper, please send a brief CV (no more than two pages), plus a title and 200-300-word abstract for the proposed paper to [email protected]. Please place both the abstract and CV in a single document, with your surname as the file name.
Panel proposals should contain a 200-300 word abstract for the panel as a whole, a 200-300-word abstract for each paper, and a brief CV (no more than two pages) for each participant. Please place these in a single document and email to [email protected]. Panel chairs can be specified in the proposal or can be added by the conference organisers. Paper and panel proposals should be submitted to the following email address – [email protected] – by midnight, UK time on March 1, 2024.