The theme for the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting will be “Crossing Borders.” The history of the United States is a product of migrations – internal and international. Along with people, goods and ideas crossed these borders, reshaping the composition and character of the American people. Sometimes the borders and boundaries were physical, as when international migrants crossed oceans and continents, or when large numbers of individuals migrated from one region of the country to another, or when the lure of wealth and influence led to foreign invasions and conquests. Those on the move were accompanied by bacteria or viruses, microorganisms whose migration across borders also shaped human experience. Borders were also framed by culture – racial, ethnic, class, and gender differences that perennially redefined our population and social order. The theme for the 2014 conference seeks to examine, in all their complexity, a broad array of border crossings and “encounters” in US history, highlighting the contributions and challenges presented by those who transcended borders to redefine their lives or flee the constraints of their pasts.
The 2014 OAH Program Committee seeks a broad, wide-ranging program that treats the rich expanse of the American experience, from the pre-Columbian era to the twenty-first century, and the thematic breadth that defines the work of contemporary historians on the page and in their classrooms. The committee enthusiastically encourages proposals from those teaching at universities, colleges, community colleges, and secondary schools, as well as public historians and independent scholars.
Submissions will be accepted starting January 1, 2013; the submission deadline is February 15. More details are available here.In pursuit of inclusivity and diversity, the program committee invites the submission of panels and presentations that deal with the themes of the conference, but also other important themes and issues in American history. We welcome teaching sessions, particularly those involving the audience as active participants or those that reflect collaborative partnerships among teachers, historians, and history educators at all levels. Professional development sessions are always welcome.