UPDATED – 2020 Call for Papers

Amy Barry Annual Conference


The Utah State Historical Society invites proposals for papers, sessions, and panels for its 68th annual conference to be held on September 25, 2020.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference will be held virtually. Speakers should be willing to prerecord their presentations or to participate via live teleconferencing. We are considering a combination of broadcast types: live, pre-recorded, and recorded plus live interaction. This will occur on the day of the conference as well as throughout the month of September. The deadline for proposals is extended to May 8, 2020.

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 offerings compatible with a virtual conference, including podcast recordings, short videos, or slideshow presentations. We encourage full session or panel submissions, although we will make every effort to match single paper proposals with other panels and papers.

For more information and to submit proposals, visit history.utah.gov/ushs-conference. The deadline for proposals is extended to May 8, 2020. Queries may be directed to Jedediah Rogers or Holly George, 2020 program co-chairs, at uhq@utah.gov.