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Deadline: Dec 10, 2021 – 2022 AASLH Call for Proposals

December 10

Please read information below before submitting a session proposal.

Started in 2021, AASLH offers a dual format conference: two meetings, one in-person and one online, joined by a single theme. The theme for 2022 is Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place.

What is the AASLH Annual Meeting?
The AASLH Annual Meeting is an in-person experience that engages and connects history professionals and volunteers and inspires them in their work. We encourage every attendee’s full participation in the sessions, workshops, tours, and discussions. Each session type is categorized so that attendees can see the level of participation it involves. Before you propose a session, think carefully about how it will engage your audience.

We hope the Annual Meeting becomes a transformative moment for all, a chance to go deep, to reenergize, to build professional relationships, and to focus on a sense of place and history in the host city. In formal and informal spaces, participants will work through challenging discussions and learn new practices. While there will be an emphasis on communal events to build shared experience, we will offer multiple opportunities for personalized learning, in tours, workshops, and sessions., Consider these goals when creating your session

What is the AASLH Virtual Conference?

Scheduled for November 1-4, the virtual conference is designed to be an inspirational and informative experience, with flexibility for incorporating emerging issues and broad reach for bringing in more voices. The online conference is more accessible for many people because of its platform and lower financial and time cost, which makes it possible to include a larger percentage of our members and nonmembers around the country. We can also be more responsive to crucial topics that emerge for the field in the months and weeks beforehand. The online meeting will focus on sessions that require less audience interaction outside of the chat box. Participants will be encouraged in multiple ways to connect with each, build their networks, and to continue discussions through live and pre-recorded sessions, happy hours, and discussion groups.

Should I Propose an Online or In-Person Session?
This is an important question as you consider the best format for delivering your content. AASLH designed the dual conference format to offer different ways of engaging our membership. Most session formats can be adapted for in-person or online, but the tools you use, and end product will be different. In-person sessions will benefit from having everyone in the same room, while online sessions have the ability to engage attendees right where they are. Does your session require attendees to be up and moving around? Are you hoping to incorporate the meeting location into your session? The in-person format would be more appropriate. Are you comfortable engaging attendees using Zoom and could your session be easily delivered on that platform? Do you have presenters you would like to bring on that might not be able to travel to the in-person meeting? Or would you like to demonstrate a virtual program? The online format might be a better fit for your session. Be sure to consider the takeaways for attendees for your session and choose the format and conference type that is the best for delivering that information.

Presenter Information: AASLH requires that the Session Chair serve as the session organizer responsible for logistics, requests for materials and equipment, communication with participants and AASLH staff, and leading the session itself. Session chairs must be affiliated with an institutional member or hold an individual membership in AASLH. In order to involve as many people as possible in the meeting, no one can chair more than one session or participate in more than two. The committee also strongly discourages sessions where all presenters are from the same site. It is also suggested that you include an end-user as part of your session. If you need assistance finding presenters that bring diversity in institution, geography, or race, please contact the AASLH staff or the 2022 Program Chair. Note: You will need to create a username and password for the Submittable site. This is separate from your membership login at aaslh.org.


December 10