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Welcome to Unwritten Historyies’ collection of Call for Papers – where you will find all current call for papers in Canadian history and related topics. If you would like to add a CFP, please contact Stephanie Pettigrew via Twitter (@steph_pettigrew), email (stephanie [dot] pettigrew [at], or filling out the contact form below.


Canada, The United States, and Indigenous Peoples: Sovereignty, Sustainability, and Reconciliation

Location: Mauna Lani Bay, Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii

Conference Date: March 7-10 2018

Paper Proposals due by: October 31 2017

Themes: Sovereignty, self governance, truth and reconciliation, sustainable development,  environmentalism, indigenous rights, health and human wellness, food security, traditional resource management, traditional forms of knowledge and culture, indigenous peoples in multicultural societies, and indigenous peoples in the international system.

Requirements: Proposal not exceeding 500 words with author CV

Contact: mhawes (at); kirkeycj (at); konan (at); and gchun711 (at)


Exploring Canada: Exploits & Encounters – Nordic Association for Canadian Studies

Location: Akureyi, Iceland

Conference Dates: August 8-11 2018

Paper Proposals due by: October 31 2017

Themes: interdisciplinary, see link below for a comprehensive list of themes.

Requirements: An abstract of no more than 150 words with a brief CV in word format.

Contact: nacs2018 (at) gmail (dot) com


An International Workshop on Post-Orientalism

Location: L. R. Wilson Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Conference Date: September 21-22 2018

Paper Proposals due by: November 1 2017

Themes: The transnational critique of against Orientalism; a reflection upon the origins of Orientalism and the relations to decolonization.

Requirements: Proposals of no more than 250 words and a one page author CV.

Contact: Questions should be directed at Maurice Jr Labelle, conference organizer, at maurice (dot) jr (dot) labelle (at), while submissions should be sent to wilsonch (at)


2018 CHA Annual Meeting/Réunion annuelle de la SHC

Location: University of Regina, Saskatchewan (Congress 2018)

Conference Date: May 28-30 2018

Paper Proposals due by: November 1 2017

Themes: “Gathering Diversities”

Requirements: Proposals are accepted English and French from scholars working in any discipline, field, or era that addresses the conference theme. Proposals should be no more than 250 words and include a one page author CV.

Contact: chashc.2018 (at)


Feminist Geographies in/during Troubled Times: Dialogues, Interventions and Praxis 

Location: Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

Conference Date: August 4-6 2018

Paper Proposals due by: Sesssions and panel proposals are due by October 31 2017; individual papers by November 30 2017

Themes: Various themes possible, including “How do feminist geographers understand and address troubled times at all scaled from the body to the globe and in contexts such as the home, workplace, and public spaces?”; “Place and space for/by feminist and other critical geographers in/during troubled times”; etc. See link below for further details.

Requirements: Name of the session/panel/paper, name and contact information of the presenter and/or all participants, and an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Contact: femgeogconference (at) gmail (dot) com


Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 10th Annual Meeting

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Conference Date: May 17-19 2018

Proposals Due by: November 1 2017

Themes: Any proposal covering Native American & Indigenous scholarship will be considered.

Requirements: To submit a proposal, you’ll have to create an account with NAISA. See the link below for details.



2018 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference

Location: Acadia University, Wolfville NS

Conference Date: May 4-6 2018

Paper proposal due by: November 10 2017

Themes: Interdisciplinary (English, Theatre, Social Sciences, History, Politics, Sociology); Atlantic Canada’s place in the world, including indigenous narratives, naming and claiming space, linguistics, cultural expression, the arts, immigration, outmigration, politics, gender, and other themes. Please see the link below for more details.

Requirements: A proposal of no less than 250 words, along with a brief CV or biography. 

Contact: Stephen Henderson, Department of History & Classics, Acadia University. Email: stephen (dot) henderson (at)


Historical Materialism Montreal 2018: The Great Transition – Setting the Stage for a Post-Capitalist Society

Location: Université de Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC

Conference Date: May 17-18 2018

Paper Proposals due by: November 15 2017

Themes:  Critiques of capitalism, anti-capitalist transition strategies, post-capitalist models.

Requirements: Proposals must be submitted through the planning committee’s google forms site, which can be accessed here:

Contact: info (at)


African American Intellectual History Society’s 3rd Annual Conference

Location: Brandeis University

Conference Date: March 30-31 2018

Paper Proposal due by: November 15 2017

Themes: “Black Thoughts Matter”: Race & political thought, women’s studies, queer studies, slavery and freedom, sexuality, resistance movements, performance and embodied practice, surveillance studies, Black internationalism, popular culture, religion. See the link below for a more comprehensive list.

Requirements: An abstract no more than 250 words and a short author CV. Preference will be given to complete panel submissions. NOTE: there is a website dedicated to helping write conference proposals which can be found here.

Contact: aaihs10 (at)


Canadian Society for the History of Medicine

Location: University of Regina, Saskatchewan (Congress)

Conference Date: May 26-28 2018

Paper Proposal due by: November 20 2017

Theme: “Gathering Diversities”/”Rassembler les diversités”

Requirements: One page CV and a proposal not exceeding 350 words. If submitting a panel proposal, these proposals should be in groups of three; each individual proposal should not exceed 350 words and include a panel proposal which is also a maximum of 350 words.

Contact: Esyllt Jones, email esyllt (dot) jones (at)


BGEAH & BrANCH Joint Postgraduate and Early Career Conference 

Location: Institute of Historical Research, London, UK

Conference Date: 23 March 2018

Paper Proposals due by: November 24 2017

Themes: Catering specifically to postgraduates and early career historians, this conference’s focus is on practical and vocational skills such as writing, publication, research, job, and post-doc applications, etc. It will also include workshops. The broad focus is North American history, despite the location.

Requirements: Proposals are to be sent as an email attachment with the subject line “BGEAH & BrANCH 2018. File names should include the submitter’s name as well as the conference name and be between 250-350 words.

Contact: Gareth Davis, email gareth (dot) davis (dot) 14 (at) ucl (dot) ac (dot) uk


43rd Annual Conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS)

Location: Senate House, London, UK

Conference Date: April 19-21 2018

Paper Proposals due by: November 30 2017

Themes: “2018 – A Century Later: Memory, Remembrance and Change” – the centenary of the end of the first world war, the impact of the war on Canada and Canada’s place in the wider world.

Requirements: An abstract not exceeding 250 words, accompanied by a one page CV. Panel proposals should be accompanied by a 100 word panel summary.

Contact: Bart Zielinkski, BACS2018conference (at) gmail (dot) com


Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR)

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Conference Date: July 18-22 2018

Paper Proposals due by: December 1 2018

Themes: All aspects of an approaches to the history and culture of the early American republic (see link below for further details).

Requirements: A single word document which includes a panel title with one-paragraph description of panel topic, email addresses and institutional affiliation of all participants, a title and description not exceeding 100 words for each individual paper, a single page CV for each participant, and an indication of any individual needs.

Contact: shear2018 (at)


Violence and the Mind: McGill-Queens Grad Conference 2018

Location: McGill University, Montréal QC

Conference Date: March 1-3 2018

Paper Proposals due by: December 8 2017

Themes: The historiographical, theoretical, and comparative approaches to the role played by violence in forging and re-shaping human society (comprehensive list of themes found at link below).

Requirements: Abstract not exceeding 400 words with a brief author bio.

Contact: mcgillqueens2018 (at)


Transnational Challenges to Canadian Culture, Society and the Environment, 20-22 September 2018

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Conference Date: September 20-22, 2018

Paper Proposals due by: December 15, 2017

Themes: The Transnational nature of Canadian identity (interdisciplinary; see link below for more details.)

Requirements: Author CV and paper abstract of no more than 250 words

Contact: ceacs2018 (at) gmail (dot) com


4th Black Canadian Studies Association Conference

Location: University of Regina, SK

Conference Dates: May 26-June 1, 2018 (Congress)

Paper Proposals due by: December 24 2017

Themes: “Reparations Start with a Formal Apology for Slavery & Antiblackracism” (see link below for further details).

Requirements: An abstract of no more than 250 words

Contact: blackcanadastudies (at) gmail (dot) com


Rising Up: A Graduate Student Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research

Location: University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

Conference Dates: March 9-10 2018

Paper Proposals due by: December 29 2017

Themes: Interdisciplinary and international, open to a wide range of topics.

Requirements: Online submission of a 250 word abstract, with key words, university affiliation, and other relevant information (see link below).


Jews and Strangers

Location: Leo Baeck College, London, UK

Conference Date: July 3 2018

Paper Proposals due by: December 31 2017

Themes: How does the stranger transport Jews back to their past as strangers? In which ways do strangers participate in shaping Jewish Identity? How did Jews help strangers (adoption, shelter)? For a comprehensive list of themes, see link below.

Requirements: Abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography.

Contact: Dr. Catherine Bartlett, jewsandstrangers2018 (at) gmail (dot) com


Comparative Perspectives on Regulating Age of Consent and Child-Marriage in the British Empire, 1880 to 1930

Location: University of London, UK

Conference Date: June 15, 2018

Paper Proposals due by: January 8 2018

Themes: The debates that led to the reform of age of consent laws around the British Empire from 1880 to 1930. The conference is interdisciplinary as well as transnational.

Requirements: An abstract of no more than 300 words with a short bio.

Contact: ageofconsentsoas (at) gmail (dot) com


1968 in the Americas: Impact, Legacies and Memory

Location: Institute of the Americas, London, UK

Conference Date: June 21-22 2018

Paper Proposals due by: January 12 2018

Themes: An analysis of the lasting impacts of the dramatic events of 1968; from militant student activism in Mexico City, Montreal, and New York, protests against the Vietnam war and racial discrimination, second wave feminism, Quebec separatism, the Cultural Congress in Havana, the conference seeks to understand how global events were refracted locally in the Americas.

Requirements: An abstract of no more than 300 words and a short bio of no more than 150 words.

Contact: Kate Quinn, katherine (dot) Quinn (at)


Borders and Border Walls, A New Era? (In)security, Symbolism, Vulnerabilities

Location: Université de Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC

Conference Date: September 27-28 2018

Paper Proposals due by: March 31 2018

Themes: Various historical and contemporary questions regarding border walls and border lands; see link below for complete list.

Requirements: Abstracts of no more than 300 words which include the subject, empirical frame, analytical approach, and the theme. Authors must include their names, contact information, and the title of their paper.

Contact: Andréanne Bissonnette, BordersandWalls (at) gmail (dot) com



Modern America Series – Call for Book Proposals

Date: Not specified.

Themes: The culture, politics, and history of the Americas from the nineteenth century to present day.

Requirements: Proposals for monographs and edited volumes from scholars in all disciplines. Editors will also consider translated works that originally appeared in Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

Contact: Dr. Claire Linddsay, email claire (dot) lindsay (at); Dr. Tony McCulloch, email tony (dot) mcculloch (at)



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