2020 Call for Papers

Amy Barry Annual Conference

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS ARE TRANSITIONING THE 68TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO A VIRTUAL FORMAT. WE CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE SESSION, PANEL, AND INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT SPEAKERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN A DIGITAL FORMAT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.  

The Utah State Historical Society invites proposals for papers, sessions, and panels for its 68th annual conference to be held on September 25, 2020, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

In 1920, with the passage of the nineteenth amendment, women throughout the United States won the right to vote. In recognition of that event, the 2020 conference will focus on the question of rights and responsibility in Utah history. Those who have sought legal, political, and social equality have often had to disentangle ideologies, legal doctrines, and established opinion. The push for women’s suffrage is a prime example of this process.

We invite the public, scholars, students, policymakers, and organizations to submit proposals on this theme. We encourage proposals that explore such topics as women’s rights, Native voting rights, religious and secular liberty, disability rights, LGBTQ rights, questions of family law, desegregation, free speech, property rights, equal access to education, conscientious objection, and protection of labor. We welcome other interpretations of rights and responsibility, as they pertain to Utah history, to encourage a broad understanding of the topic.

Submissions on other aspects of Utah history will also be considered. We welcome a range of formats, from the traditional panels and sessions to more innovative formats. We encourage full session or panel submissions, although we will make every effort to match single paper proposals with other panels and papers.

Proposals should be submitted to Individual Submission and Session or Panel Submission. The deadline for proposals is extended to Friday, May 1, 2020.

The 2020 Call for Papers is also available as a PDF to be shared with your colleagues.

Queries may be directed to Jedediah Rogers or Holly George, 2020 program co-chairs, at uhq@utah.gov.

Additional conference information will be posted shortly.