Pacific Northwest History Conference Call for Papers

January 5, 2024
Hilton Portland Downtown 921 SW 6th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97204

Propose a session for the 2024 Pacific Northwest History Conference: History Everywhere, All at Once! Confluence is on the program committee.

Events of the past few years have truly been historic, leading to a flood of new scholarship and public attention to events related to public health, racial injustice, climate disruption, and the fragility of democratic institutions. The work of historical research, analysis, public engagement, and education has felt unusually relevant — in ways that have been both exhausting and energizing. Media outlets, public audiences, and students are regularly looking to historians and other scholars to help us all make sense of how we reached this collective present.

The 2024 Pacific Northwest History Conference offers space for sharing the ways you are using regional history to make meaning of, or to escape from, the present — and to imagine the future. How has historical work made you feel more connected to other people? How has it helped you understand current events? How has it inspired you to envision a hopeful future? How has it given you insights about challenges, solutions, and resilience? How has it made you joyful? The program committee seeks proposals in the format of panel discussions or roundtables, academic presentations, or workshops for educators or other practitioners.

Proposals should be connected to the history of the Pacific Northwest, from British Columbia to Idaho to northern California and all points in between, and can be strictly about the past or about practices related to the work of understanding and educating about the past. Academics, graduate students, educators, community knowledge-holders, and public history practitioners of all kinds are encouraged to submit presentation proposals and to plan to attend the conference, which will include special sessions for K–12 educators.

Submit your proposal using the form below; proposals are due by January 5, 2024