D.C. Historical Studies Conference

39th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies
October 18-21, 2012

Call for Papers 

A PDF Version may be downloaded: 2012 Call for Papers

Submit your individual paper and panel proposal(s) now for the D.C. Historical Studies Conference. The conference also welcomes proposals of:

  • producer talks/viewings of new films
  • walking tours
  • author talks on new books
  • practical workshops on research or material preservation.

The D.C. Historical Studies Conference brings together scholars, students, and interested members of the public for a lively consideration of all things D.C. All topics related to the history of metropolitan Washington, D.C., including nearby Maryland and Virginia, as well as the federal government, are welcome.

Past presentations have considered art, archaeology, architecture, biography, demography, geography, law, military, music, race relations, as well as oral history techniques and archival collection reviews. Important conference themes this year will be on a diverse range of anniversaries: the sesquicentennial of DC’s Compensated emancipation, 160 years of African American education in DC, and the centennial of the Japanese flowering cherry trees.

Conference themes are always suggestive not exclusive and if you have DC history research ready to present, we want to consider it for inclusion in the conference. For a flavor of past conferences, please review the Conference Archives.

Submission Instructions

Deadline: May 1, 2012

 Submit an abstract of your paper, including your professional title and institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information (email), and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.

Panel: Submit a brief description of the session with role/topic of each panelist, professional titles and institutional affiliations (if applicable), contact information for the panel organizer/primary contact, and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.

Please email proposals to the conference committee at dchistoricalstudies@gmail.com 

History Network

The Friday lunch-hour History Network is a forum where related organizations and vendors display materials explaining their activities and services. Reserve your space now by email, dchistoricalstudies@gmail.com


The opening reception and Letitia Woods Brown Memorial lecture will take place on the evening of Thursday, October 18 at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K Street NW.

The conference sessions will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library,  901 G Street NW.


More information on conference registration will be provided soon. Please check back here for updates.

The 39th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies is co-sponsored by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants, the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Cultural Tourism D.C., Friends of Washingtoniana Division, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center of Howard University, the Rainbow History Project, and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library.

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