Friday, November 29, 2019

CFP: Constitutionalism & the American Presidency

The Missouri Valley History Conference has issued a CFP for its next annual meeting, on the theme “Constitutionalism & the American Presidency.”  The meeting will take place on March 12-14, 2020, at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  The extended (and final) deadline for submissions is December 13, 2019.
Please join us as we launch a new era in the history of the Missouri Valley History Conference!

In 2020, we are proud to bring the conference to our beautiful metropolitan campus.  We will utilize the facilities and resources of Mammel Hall on our Scott (South) Campus for conference events and sessions, while enjoying the abundant hotel, restaurant, and entertainment opportunities in the adjacent Aksarben Village district.  See   Official lodging and block rates for the MVHC will be provided by the Marriott Courtyard and Marriott Residence Inn, both located just a short walk from Mammel Hall.  We are confident that our new venues will provide a host of conveniences, savings, and benefits to conference participants.

The 2020 conference theme is “Constitutionalism & the American Presidency,” and we encourage the submission of papers and panels that are related to the broad fields of constitutional and presidential history.  As always, however, proposals for papers and panels on topics related to all time periods and historical subfields are welcome.  We are also pleased to announce the conference keynote talk: “Andrew Jackson in the Age of Trump,” presented by Dr. Daniel Feller, Professor of History and Director/Editor, Papers of Andrew Jackson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, via the OAH Distinguished Lecturer Program.

All proposals—whether for individual papers or panels—should be digitally submitted to Dr. Mark Scherer, 2020 MVHC Coordinator at, on or before the deadline indicated above.  Proposals should adhere to the following guidelines:

For Individual papers, transmit the following items as ONE file attachment:
    Name, affiliation, and contact information, including email and phone number;
    Short CV;
    Brief abstract (no more than 300 words)

For panel submissions (papers or round table colloquia), transmit the following items as ONE file attachment:
    Name, affiliation, and contact information for each panel participant, designating one panelist as the organizer and chair;
    Short CV for each panel participant;
    Brief abstract (no more than 300 words) for each panelist’s paper;
    Brief “panel” abstract describing the panel’s scope (no more than 500 words)

The 2020 MVHC continues its partnership with Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) and the Society for Military History (SMH). For further information on registration and programming for the Phi Alpha Theta Nebraska Regional, please contact Dr. David Vail ( or see  Most MVHC sessions concerning military topics will be hosted by the SMH.  Proposals for papers and panels most directly related to military history should be submitted to George Eaton, Regional Director of the Society for Military History, at  Both MVHC and PAT award prizes for best undergraduate and graduate student papers.  SMH and the First Division Museum sponsor prizes for the best student papers in military history.   Eligibility for student awards requires conference registration and presentation.

Contact Info: Mark R. Scherer, Professor of History, Coordinator, 2020 MVHC, University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Contact Email:
--Dan Ernst