2015 Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 5:15pm

Annual Meeting
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Ave
22202 Arlington , VA
See map: Google Maps


The 2015 SHAFR Annual Meeting was held from June 25-27 in Arlington, Virginia.


Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Registration fees for the 2015 conference are $85 standard or $35 student, K-12 teacher, or adjunct faculty until June 1. On June 1 registration fees increase to $105 standard or $50 student, K-12 teacher, or adjunct faculty.

Please note a new policy for 2015: all participants on the program must be current SHAFR members. If you need to renew your membership or you are not yet a member, please click here.

Registrants who are not participants on this year's program are not required to be SHAFR members, but we encourage you to check us out anyway!

If you wish to pay by check or money order, you can download and print a registration form here.

Online registration closed on June 15. Registration will be available on site, payable by cash, check, or charge.

Call for Papers Deadline - 1 December 2014

Travel Funding Deadline - 1 December 2014

Panelists - Seeking - Panelists Forum - use this site to find other scholars to join your panel proposal!

Job Workshop -- deadline was 15 April 2015.

Presenter Guidelines

Social Event: SOLD OUT

SHAFR and the media occasionally record conference sessions for use in broadcast and electronic media. Presenters who do not wish for their session to be recorded may opt out when submitting a proposal to the Program Committee. An audience member who wishes to audiotape or videotape must obtain written permission of panelists. SHAFR is not responsible for unauthorized recording. SHAFR reserves the right to revoke the registration of anyone who records sessions without appropriate permissions.

If you have any questions about conference logistics, please contact Jennifer Walton, the Conference Coordinator, at [email protected](link sends e-mail). If you have questions about the conference program, please contact the 2015 program committee co-chairs, Brooke Blower and Jason Colby, at [email protected](link sends e-mail).

Conference ProgramSHAFR 2015 program

Venue and Hotel Information:

The 2015 SHAFR meeting will be held from June 25-27 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia. The LEED-certified Capital View is located at 2800 South Potomac Avenue, two miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code DCA). There is complimentary hotel shuttle service every 20 minutes between 7 am and 11 pm to DCA and the Crystal City Metro (Blue and Yellow Metro lines). In the lobby, SOCCi Urban Italian Kitchen and Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while Espressamente illy Coffee House serves coffee and light fare during the day. A 24-hour fitness center and heated indoor pool are also available on site, and there is complimentary wi-fi access in the lobby. SHAFR hotel guests will receive complimentary Internet access in their sleeping rooms. Conference room rates are $159/night, single or double occupancy, plus tax. The tax rate is currently 10%. The deadline for receiving the conference rate is May 27, 2015. Please note that the hotel is required to honor the reduced rate until this date OR until all the rooms in the SHAFR block have been booked. Once the block is fully booked, the hotel will offer rooms at its usual rate, if any are available, or may even be completely full. Please make your reservation as early as you can. Book online here.

The Renaissance Arlington Capital View conference block is now full for several of the nights during the conference. We have set up an overflow block at the Courtyard Marriott Crystal City/Reagan National Airport, across the street, at the same conference rate of $159/night plus tax. Again, the hotel is required to honor this reduced rate until May 27, 2015, OR until all the rooms in the SHAFR block have been booked, whichever comes first. You may book online here.

If the Courtyard Marriott is full, please consult this list of nearby hotels, provided as a courtesy.

Travel and Parking:

The hotel is located at 2800 South Potomac Avenue in Arlington (point-to-point driving directions).

Parking at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View for SHAFR registrants is discounted to $18/day self parking or $20/day valet.

Reagan National Airport is just two miles from the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, and the hotel provides a complimentary airport shuttle.

The Crystal Gateway Marriott operates the airport shuttle for the Renaissance Arlington Capital View. Look for a gray van with white logo and lettering.

Shuttles operate 7 days a week. Shuttles pick up AT the airport beginning at 5:00 AM, departing at 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 AM, then every 20 minutes throughout the day until 9:00 PM. From 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM, shuttles run every 20 minutes but are on-call. Guests will automatically be picked up at the airport, but guests at the hotel who need to go to the airport must call the shuttle for service. See the reservations desk for assistance. Click here for a map of shuttle pick up locations at Reagan National airport.

Terminal A: From Terminal A Baggage Claim (street level), proceed outside and cross the center median. All hotel shuttle services pick up and drop off in this area.

Terminal B (Door 5): From Terminal B Baggage Claim (lower level), proceed just outside of Door #5. The shuttle service picks up and drops off guests in this designated area.

Terminal C (Door 9): From Terminal C Baggage Claim (lower level), proceed just outside of Door #5 or Door #9 (whichever is closer). The shuttle service picks up and drops off in this designated area.

Dulles International Airport is approximately 28 miles from the Renaissance Arlington Capital View. The hotel does NOT provide shuttle service to/from Dulles. Super Shuttle (reservations required) fare is estimated at $30 one way. Taxi fare is estimated at $50 one way. You can also take the Washington Flyer Silver Line Express from the Arrivals Level Door 4 of the Main Terminal Building to the Wiehle Avenue/Reston East Metro Station. Fare is $5 one way and the trip is about 10 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Then transfer to the Metro (additional fare applies), take it inbound to Rosslyn and transfer to the Blue line toward Franconia/Springfield. Exit at Crystal City and follow the directions for the hotel Metro shuttle below. The Metro trip may take up to 1 hour.

Arriving by Metro? Take the Yellow or Blue line to Crystal City. Exit the station and pick up the complimentary hotel shuttle outside where the city buses stop. Click here for an illustration (pdf) of the pick up site. It is a gray van with the red Residence Inn and Renaissance Arlington logos on the side. Check out the Live Shuttle Tracker! Metro shuttle service begins at 7 AM, departing from the hotel, and runs every 20 minutes throughout the day until 11 PM.

Event Program:

SHAFR is excited to launch a new conference schedule this year! We will still have the usual eight sessions, but each will be shortened by fifteen minutes. This will allow us to accommodate two plenary sessions and finish a bit earlier each evening! Click on Event Program Link, below, to access a downloadable and printable pdf of the entire program.

Thursday June 25

Session I, 11:45-1:30

Session II, 2:00-3:45

Plenary, 4:15-6:00: Immigration and Foreign Relations: 50 Years since the Hart-Celler Act

Welcome Reception, 6:00-7:30

Friday June 26

Session III, 8:00-9:45

Session IV, 10:15-12:00

Presidential Luncheon, 12:00-2:00, with speaker Thomas "Tim" Borstelmann, E.N. and Katherine Thompson Professor of Modern World History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and SHAFR President

Inside Every Foreigner: How Americans Understand Others

Session V, 2:00-3:45

Plenary, 4:15-6:00: New Frontiers: Environmental History and Foreign Relations

Evening Social Event, 7:00-10:00 pm: Dinner and mingling at Top of the Town in Alexandria

Saturday June 27

Job Search Workshop, 8:00-9:15

Session VI, 9:30-11:15

Keynote Luncheon, 11:15-1:15, with speaker Brian DeLay, Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley

Dambreaking: Guns, Capitalism, and the Independence of the Americas

Session VII, 1:15-3:00

Session VIII, 3:30-5:15

Venue Link: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Directory and Map of Nearby Restaurants, Bars, Shops, and Hotels (pdf)

Exhibit Info:

The Book Exhibit will be open Thursday, June 25 from 10 AM - 5:30 PM, Friday, June 26 from 8 AM - 4:30 PM, and Saturday, June 27 from 8 AM - 4:30 PM. We are pleased to welcome Association Book Exhibit, Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press, DBM Press, Harvard University Press, the Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, the University Press of Kentucky, University of North Carolina Press, and Vanderbilt University Press. See the link below for more details!

A/V Information:

Requests for A/V equipment MUST be made with your proposal submission. We cannot accommodate requests made after 1 December 2014. Rental laptops are available on a very limited basis. Please bring your own laptop to use. If your panel requires a projector, we strongly recommend that you use a single laptop and have each presenter put their presentation on a flash drive or have it available online. There will be complimentary wifi access in the meeting area.