Welcome to the homepage of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, an affiliated society of the American Historical Association. The Committee on Lesbian and Gay History was founded in 1979 to promote the study of homosexuality in the past and present by facilitating communication among scholars in a variety of disciplines working on a variety of cultures. The name of the committee was changed to Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in January 2009. Since 1982, the Committee has been officially recognized as an affiliate of the American Historical Association and meets annually in conjunction with the AHA conference, where we sponsor sessions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history. One need not be a member of the AHA to join the Committee.


Join the CLGBTH! If you are a scholar of LGBT/queer history, we need your support. Become part of our community and join our collective endeavor to enrich the historical profession with LGBT perspectives, voices and histories. Together we can ensure that LGBT and queer histories remain powerfully and visibly present in our field, in our educational institutions, and in our society at large.

Membership is available on an annual or lifetime basis.  Members receive our twice-yearly newsletters, which include book reviews, conference updates, a co-chairs’ column, and other information about the vibrant field of LGBT history. Membership also grants access to our email list-serv. Membership dues support our status as an affiliate organization of the American Historical Association, whose annual meetings host our own slate of over a dozen queer-themed sessions. Your support also enables us to offer cash prizes for outstanding books and articles in the field. Finally, if you are committed to our mission, and want to get involved as a member of our governing board, we would love to hear from you. And if you are a former member whose membership has lapsed, we invite you to update now.

Your membership ensures that queer history remains a vibrant part of the broader historical community. Join the CLGBTH NOW!

The Committee on LGBT History is soliciting submissions for next year’s meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, January 3-6, 2019. We welcome scholarship focused on any region and period, and especially encourage those working on areas outside of the United States and periods before the twentieth century.

2019 brings the 40th anniversary of the CLGBTH. To mark this, we welcome proposals for panels and roundtables that address the history of CLGBTH and the field of LGBTQ history, as well as panels and roundtables that engage with issues of professional development and of the place of LGBTQ history in public life (e.g., reaching broader publics through media, issues relating to teaching, publishing, the job market, mentoring, etc.).

The CLGBTH will also organize a special track of sessions to coincide with this year’s AHA theme, “Loyalties.” We are calling this track “Queer Loyalties.” To strengthen the inclusion in the AHA conference, we hope proposed panels or roundtables will engage the conference theme by exploring how concepts of loyalty or disloyalty have shaped LGBTQ/queer identities, communities, politics, and sexual and gendered practices. We view “Queer Loyalties” as speaking to problems of citizenship and subversion, as marked by the Lavender Scare in the United States, and multiple other modes of nationalism outside the US and the nation-state; community fractures and allegiances, including those shaped by race, ethnicity, gender, class, and ability; and normativity or anti-normativity, including questions of respectability, sexual politics, and public versus private lives. As part of the CLGBTH’s continued efforts to grow the representation of transnational and global research, we especially encourage panels that address histories outside the United States, although US histories are certainly still welcome.

The CLGBTH deadline for submission of panels and papers is February 1, 2018. This deadline allows us to review panels and papers in advance of the general AHA deadline, and to approve possible panels for sponsorship in the main program.

While we strongly prefer assembled sessions, we will also help to build sessions from individual paper submissions as needed. We encourage those submitting panels to be attentive to diversity in the composition of your group, including as reflected by gender and gender expression, race and ethnicity, and professional status (e.g., tenured and tenure-track faculty, adjunct or independent scholars, and graduate students).

In order to submit a panel, please provide the following:

  • Session title (of no more than 20 words)
  • Session abstract (up to 500 words)
  • Paper or presentation titles
  • Abstract or description for each presentation (up to 300 words)
  • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words) for each participant
  • Correct e-mail address for each participant
  • Affiliation, city, state, and country for each participant
  • Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session
  • Audiovisual needs, if any
  • Twitter handle or website for participants (optional)

In order to submit an individual paper, please provide the following:

  • Paper or presentation title
  • Abstract or description for presentation (up to 300 words)
  • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)
  • Correct e-mail address
  • Affiliation, city, state, and country
  • Audiovisual needs, if any
  • Twitter handle or website (optional)

All proposals and communications should go to CLGBTH Co-Chairs Julio Capó, Jr. (capo@history.umass.edu) and Emily Hobson (ehobson@unr.edu). Given that timing is of the essence, we ask that all those submitting proposals please attend to emails we or the AHA may send regarding your submission.

All people accepted into CLGBTH programs are required to be current paid members of our organization. You can sign up for or renew membership here.

The final AHA Program Committee deadline is February 15. For details about AHA submissions, see the AHA submission page.

If, for one reason or another, some sessions are not accepted, we will consider including them in our affiliated program, which is submitted after we know the results of the program committee’s deliberations.

Julio and Emily

Co-Chairs, Committee on LGBT History

capo@history.umass.edu and ehobson@unr.edu


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