Queer History Conference 2019

In 2019, the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History will sponsor the inaugural Queer History Conference. The conference will be held at San Francisco State University from June 16 to 18, 2019. Please refer to the Queer History Conference 2019 page for more information, including the Call for Papers.

For more information about QHC19—including program and registration information–please click here.

AHA Conference 2020

With #AHA19 complete, we are now soliciting submissions for next year’s meeting of the American Historical Association in New York City, January 3-6, 2020.

The AHA has designated no theme for the 2020 AHA, but instead – as stated in the general AHA CFP – seeks submissions on all kinds of places, periods, people, topics, sources, methods, and theories and uses of history. Reflecting this, the CLGBTH welcomes sessions focused on any aspect of LGBTQ history. We especially encourage sessions addressing areas outside of the United States; periods before the twentieth century; histories of LGBTQ people of color; and the place of LGBTQ history in broader historical scholarship and/or public life. In addition to panels, we welcome poster sessions to be considered for CLGBTH sponsorship.

The AHA proposal deadline is February 15. To seek CLGBTH sponsorship for #AHA20, please submit your panel or poster session to us by February 1, 2019. This deadline allows us time to review and approve proposals for CLGBTH sponsorship in the main program, and to offer advice that might strengthen submissions. If a proposal is not accepted by the AHA, we can consider including it in our affiliated program, which is submitted after we know the results of the AHA program committee’s deliberations. Note that all people accepted into CLGBTH sessions are required to be or become current paid members of the CLGBTH.

We encourage those organizing panels to be attentive to diversity in the composition of your group, including by gender and gender expression, race and ethnicity, and professional status (e.g., tenured and tenure-track faculty, adjunct or independent, and graduate students). We also encourage you to review the AHA guidelines for submitting a proposal. To assure substantial time for interaction between speakers and audience, AHA panels are typically limited to a maximum of four participants in addition to a chair.

The AHA Program Committee does not accept single paper proposals. We encourage those without full panels to reach out to us before February 1 for suggestions for forming a panel. We also encourage you to use the CLGBTH listserve to solicit panel participants. Anyone can post to the listserve by emailing clgbth-list@clgbthistory.org

In order to submit a PANEL proposal, please provide the following to us by the end of working hours February 1, 2019:

  • Session title (of no more than 20 words)
  • Session abstract (up to 500 words)
  • Paper or presentation titles (if any)
  • Abstract or description for each presentation (up to 300 words). Descriptions should be included for both roundtables and formal sessions.
  • For each participant:

o  Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)
o  Correct e-mail address
o  Affiliation, city, state, and country
o  Professional Twitter handle (optional); Website (optional)

  • Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session
  • Audiovisual needs, if any

In order to submit a POSTER proposal, please provide the following:

  • Poster title
  • Abstract of poster (up to 500 words)
  • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)

Note that the AHA will also require short session abstracts (up to 50 words), and short presentation/poster abstracts (up to 50 words) for the meeting app. We do not require this to consider your submission for CLGBTH sponsorship, however, you should be prepared to create these short abstracts for your final AHA submission.

Please send all proposals and communications 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 promptly to emails we or the AHA may send regarding your submission.

A final note: the AHA’s Committee on LGBTQ Status in the Profession operates separately from and independent of the CLGBTH, and may organize panels on issues such as the job market or anti-discrimination. We communicate with this Committee to coordinate our shared interests.

For more information about QHC19—including program and registration information–please click here.

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 CLGBTH supports and similarly adopts the American Historical Association’s Sexual Harassment Policy (2018).