Call for Papers: AHA 2022 Annual Meeting

We are now soliciting submissions for next year’s meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans, January 6-9, 2022. The AHA seeks submissions on all “places, periods, people, and topics; on the uses of diverse sources and methods, including digital history; and on theory and the uses of history itself in a wide variety of venues.” 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; trans history; teaching LGBTQ history; and the place of LGBTQ history in public life. In addition to panels and roundtables, we welcome poster sessions to be considered for CLGBTH sponsorship. 

The AHA proposal deadline is February 15 (midnight PST). To seek CLGBTH sponsorship for #AHA22, please submit your panel or poster session to us by February 1, 2021 (midnight PST). 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 strongly 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, or to the CLGBTH listerve, for suggestions for forming a panel or to seek fellow participants. Anyone can post to the listserve by emailing

In order to submit a SESSION proposal, please provide the following to us by the end of the day February 1, 2021 (midnight PST):

  • 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: 
    • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 word)
    • Correct e-mail address
    • Affiliation, including city, state, and country
    • Professional Twitter handle (optional); Website (optional)
  • Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the sessions
  • 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 Chelsea Del Rio & Eric Gonzaba at their joint co-chair email: . 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.

To those who submitted successful proposals accepted for AHA 2020 but were unable to present their panels: The AHA will allow participants to resubmit their same proposals. Do note, however, that proposals will go through the regular review process with the 2022 AHA Program Committee. Acceptance is not guaranteed. The CLGBTH will happily re-review all resubmitted proposals as well. Please send resubmitted proposals to the CLGBTH for review by the same February 1st deadline for sponsorship.  

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. If you would like to help organize a panel co-sponsored between this committee and the CLGBTH, please let us know before February 1.

Thank you so very much for your contributions to LGBTQ history. We look forward to receiving your submissions by February 1!