Call for Papers: 2017 ACHA Annual Meeting in Denver

The ACHA will hold its 2017 meeting in Denver.The ACHA will hold its 2017 meeting in Denver.
January 11, 2016

Submission deadline: April 15, 2016

(earlier deadlines apply for joint-sponsored panels)

The American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) is now accepting individual and panel proposals for its 2017 Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado, January 2017. Submissions concerning any aspect of Catholic history are welcome.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is April 15, 2016.


Overview

Individuals and panel members, including chairs and commentators, must be members of the ACHA at the time of submission and remain members-in-good-standing through January 2017. Registration for the Annual Meeting is also a prerequisite for participating and presenting.

Both membership fees and registration fees will be collected by the ACHA at the time of Program Committee review. If you are the panel coordinator, please advise all participants that he/she must join the ACHA to participate and that all panel participants are required to register for the ACHA Annual Meeting.

Individuals who have presented at more than two consecutive Annual Meetings in the past five years are not eligible to participate in the Denver conference. Panel coordinators, please ensure that all panelists are aware of this restriction.

The deadline for submitting an ACHA proposal to the Program Committee is April 15th. Notification of acceptance or rejection of the panel will be made by May 10th.

Please read to the bottom of this page for all information and details about the proposal rules, options, and process.


Rules and eligibility for proposals

Before sending your proposal, please review the following rules. (Don’t skip these; if your proposal does not comply, it will be rejected.)

  • You may only submit one proposal for the conference.
  • You cannot present at the 2017 conference if you have presented at both of the two previous ACHA annual conferences (that is, at Atlanta 2016 and New York 2015). Our policy is that members may present for a maximum of two years in a row, and then must wait a year before presenting again.
  • You may only serve as a chair or commentator on one panel in addition to presenting one paper.
  • You must be an ACHA member in good standing by May 1, 2016 in order to present at the conference in 2017, and you must remain a member in good standing until the conference concludes.

Submit a proposal

Individuals submitting papers and coordinators of panels and roundtables must use our online submission system to send their proposals. Please choose your submission type to access the appropriate submission system:


Information needed to submit a complete proposal

Please note that the following information must be provided for each participant:

  • Full name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • E-mail address
  • Title of panel
  • Title of paper
  • 250-word prospectus (for each paper submitted and, in the case of a panel, a 250 word abstract describing the panel itself)
  • Each participant’s c.v. (no more than two pages)

(For chairs and commentators, the prospectus/abstract and title of paper, obviously, are not required.)

Please note that participants may appear on no more than two sessions at the annual meeting. These two appearances must be in two different roles (e.g., presenting a paper in a formal session, participating in a roundtable, and chairing and/or commenting on a session).


Joint ASCH-ACHA panel submissions (Early deadline: March 15)

The American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) and the American Society of Church History (ASCH) have entered into a new collaboration concerning their annual meetings. Beginning with the Denver 2017 convention, the ACHA and the ASCH will be co-sponsoring full panels.

Please note the following details regarding co-sponsored panels with the ASCH:

  • The deadline for submitting a co-sponsored ACHA-ASCH panel is March 15th.
  • Only full panels, including a chair and commentator, are accepted for consideration.
  • The Program Committee of the American Catholic Historical Association has to approve the panel submission before it is submitted to the ASCH for consideration.
  • Regardless of acceptance or rejection by the ASCH, the joint-sponsored panel will be part of the ACHA Denver 2017 program once approved by the ACHA Program Committee.

All panel members must be members of the ACHA at the time of submission and remain members-in-good-standing through January 2017. Both membership fees and registration fees will be collected by the ACHA at the time of Program Committee review. Panelists will not be required to join the ASCH to present on a joint-sponsored panel.

All ACHA-sponsored panel members have to register for the ACHA Annual meeting. ACHA-sponsored panel members will not be required to register for the ASCH annual meeting to participate in the annual conference.

The deadline for submitting an ACHA-ASCH panel proposal to the ACHA Program Committee is March 15th. Notification of acceptance or rejection of the panel will be made by March 20th; the ASCH will notify panelists of acceptance or rejection in early April. Note well that this submission process is much earlier than the ACHA Annual Meeting panel submission deadline, which is April 15th.


Joint ACHA-AHA panel submissions (Early deadline: February 10)

For panel proposals being submitted to the AHA for consideration as a joint ACHA-AHA submission, the ACHA Program Committee must receive your proposal by February 10th for review and acceptance. By February 10th, all ACHA-AHA potential participants must be members of the ACHA in good standing.

Please note that the ACHA and AHA have different deadlines: The ACHA must be in receipt of your proposal by February 10th; after ACHA approval/acceptance (our turnaround time with be quick), the AHA must be in receipt of your proposal by February 15th. Please see the AHA’s call for papers for complete AHA requirements.

Regardless of acceptance or rejection by the AHA Program Committee, an accepted ACHA-AHA panel submission by the ACHA means that that panel will be part of the official ACHA Denver 2017 program.


Membership requirement

All presenters at the Denver 2017 annual meeting must be a member of the ACHA, and all must register for the  Annual Meeting.


Deadline

The deadline for submitting an individual paper, full panel, or roundtable for an ACHA presentation is April 15, 2016 at midnight Eastern Time (9pm Pacific Time). Please note that joint-sponsored presentations have earlier deadlines (as outlined above).


Submit a proposal

Individuals submitting papers and coordinators of panels and roundtables must use our online submission system to send their proposals. Please choose your submission type to access the appropriate submission system: