Please note that we have extended the proposal deadline through March 15, 2024.

“Identity and Politics in the Mid-Atlantic”

Individual and group identity has long played an important role in the region’s political culture.  In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, notable for its prohibition of discrimination based on specific types of identities, the Program Committee encourages proposals dealing with the broad topics of identity and politics. We invite topics that engage with this theme within a wide range of contexts, including queer and disability history, ethnic, race, class, and gender history, religious and political identities, etc. The Program Committee particularly invites sessions that highlight the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as discussion of past and current attempts at historical counter-revisionism in public spaces, K-12 schools, and higher education.

In addition to the annual theme, we invite submissions on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history. Submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds, including but not limited to history, economic and community development, public policy, sociology, visual culture, and political science are welcomed. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. The PHA also supports student engagement with a research session featuring posters and multi-media projects on all aspects of mid-Atlantic history.

Full session proposals are preferred, but individual papers will be considered. All program participants must be members of the PHA at the time of the annual meeting. Submit proposals by the extended deadline, March 15, 2024 at the button links below.

For more information, please contact Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, Professor of History and Director of The Graduate School, Shippensburg University ajdieterichward@ship.edu