Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Join us at the DC Historical Studies Conference


Washington, D.C., November 14-17, 2013
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2013

"Marching on Washington"

We invite you to take part in the 40th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies. Submit your proposals for individual papers, panels, viewings of new films, walking tours, author talks on new books, and practical workshops on research or material preservation. All topics related to the history of metropolitan Washington, D.C., including nearby Maryland and Virginia, as well as the federal government, are welcome. Don't miss this opportunity to reach the conference audience of scholars, students, and interested members of the public eager for this lively consideration of all things D.C.

The theme for the 40th Annual Conference is "Marching on Washington," covering a diverse range of anniversaries: the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, 1973 initiation of modern Home Rule, the centennial of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession, and the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Conference themes are not exclusive; the presentation of all new historical research about D.C. is welcome. Past presentations have considered art, archaeology, architecture, biography, D.C. governance, demography, geography, law, military, music, neighborhoods, race relations, schools, as well as oral history techniques and archival collection reviews.

The conference opens with the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture and reception, honoring the memory of this pioneering scholar of African American history. Kate Masur, an associate professor of history at Northwestern University and author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, D.C., is the speaker.

You are also invited to take part in the Friday lunch-hour History Network, a forum where history-related organizations and vendors display materials explaining their activities and services.

For a flavor of past conferences, see the following programs from previous years; click:

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2013. Please email proposals to the conference committee at

Submit a 200-word abstract of your paper, including your professional title and institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information (email), and audio-visual/IT equipment needs (please indicate PC or Mac and software versions).

Submit a brief description of the session with role of each panelist, professional titles and institutional affiliations (if applicable), a 200-word
abstract for each paper presenter, contact information for the panel organizer/primary contact, and audio-visual/IT equipment needs (please indicate PC or Mac and software versions).

Submit a brief description of your film including topic, running time, ages of audiences for which it is suitable, whether it is a finished piece or work in progress, and whether you would like additional time for audience feedback and discussion.

Walking Tour
Submit a description of your tour's length (running time), location, start and stop points, and ages of audiences.

Author Talk
Submit a description of your published book including publication date and indicate whether you are able to sell books on site. Authors selling books are asked to supply a volunteer to handle transactions without assistance of conference staff.

Practical Workshop
Submit a description of your workshop including all IT/audio-visual requirements (please indicate PC or Mac and software versions) as well as
requirements for tables or other display areas.

The History Network marketplace of ideas takes place on Friday, November 15th. Reserve your space now via email:

About the Conference
The 40th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies is co-sponsored by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Cultural Tourism DC, Friends of Washingtoniana Division, H-DC, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Rainbow History Project, and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library.

The organizing committee (Matthew Gilmore, chair; Brett Abrams, Johanna Bockman, Jeffrey Donahoe, Mark Greek, Stephen Hansen, Ida Jones, Chris Klemek, Jennifer Krafchik, Jane Freundel, Levey, Adam Lewis, Jenny Masur, John Muller, John Richardson, Gary Scott, Kimberly Springle, Mary Ternes, Ruth Trocolli, and Kim Zablud) welcomes the assistance of other volunteers on any of three subcommittees: program, logistics, or publicity. In addition, volunteers are always needed to help run the conference. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact: Matthew Gilmore at

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