SHAFR 2022 Call for Papers

Call for Papers
2022 SHAFR Conference

Virtual Sessions Online June 10-11, 2022
In-person sessions in New Orleans, LA, June 16-18, 2021

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites proposals for its 2022 annual conference. After the tremendous success of the 2021 virtual conference under difficult circumstances, SHAFR members expressed a strong desire to include virtual days in the 2022 conference. Thus, we are delighted to bring you the best of both worlds in 2022: two dynamic days of online offerings, followed by two and a half days of an in-person meeting. The SHAFR 2022 program will use the virtual sessions to bring what works best online to the widest audience possible, while maintaining in New Orleans the best features of face-to-face conferences. The Virtual Days will include plenary events, feature roundtables, and lightning rounds with brief (5–7 minute) presentations of exciting new research. In New Orleans, we will feature traditional panels and roundtables and plenty of time for making connections with other scholars.
Proposals for the 2022 conference can take three forms:

  • Virtual: lightning-round paper proposals
  • New Orleans: panel proposals
  • New Orleans: individual paper proposals

SHAFR is dedicated to the study of the history of the United States in the world, broadly conceived. Given that the production, exercise, and understanding of U.S. power takes many forms and touches myriad subjects, the Program Committee welcomes proposals reflecting a broad range of approaches and topics.

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2021.



SHAFR is committed to inclusion and diversity, and encourages proposals including members of groups historically under-represented within the organization. We particularly encourage proposals from women, scholars of color, colleagues residing outside of the United States, junior and contingent scholars, and scholars working in other disciplines. Panel proposals must include a diversity statement that describes how the panel will advance this SHAFR commitment.
Graduate students, international scholars, and scholars whose participation might expand the organization’s breadth are encouraged to apply for SHAFR grants to subsidize the cost of attending the conference. Please see below for details.
The virtual lightning rounds will highlight exciting new research. Accordingly, we particularly encourage graduate students and junior scholars to apply for this opportunity.
The Committee is open to alternative formats for in-person panels, especially those based on discussion and engagement with the audience, which should be described briefly in the proposal. The Program Committee welcomes panels that transcend conventional chronologies, challenge received categories, or otherwise offer innovative approaches and fresh thinking. The Committee also welcomes proposals for linked series of panels that share a common theme. Please note any such links in your proposal.
Individual paper proposals for New Orleans are welcome, though complete panels with coherent themes will be favored over single papers. Those seeking to create or fill out a panel should Tweet #SHAFR2022.
Application deadline: December 1, 2021
Apply here:


All proposals and funding applications should be submitted via Applicants requiring alternative submission means should contact the Program Committee co-chairs at [email protected].
Each participant may apply to serve only once in any one capacity on the program across both the virtual and in-person components (for example as a presenter or commentator) and not more than twice (for example as a presenter and as a commentator) during the conference.
Generally, annual membership in SHAFR is required for those participating in the 2022 meeting. The president and program committee may grant some exceptions to scholars whose specializations are outside the field. Enrollment instructions will be included with notification of accepted proposals.

Divine Graduate Student Travel Grants

SHAFR will award several Robert A. and Barbara Divine Graduate Student Travel Grants to assist graduate students presenting papers in person at the 2022 conference. The following stipulations apply: 1) no award will exceed $300; 2) priority will be given to graduate students who receive no or limited funds from their home institutions; and 3) expenses will be reimbursed by the SHAFR Business Office upon submission of receipts. The Program Committee will make decisions regarding awards.
A graduate student requesting travel funds must make a request when submitting the paper/panel proposal. Applications should include: a 1-page letter from the applicant; and a  reference letter from the graduate advisor that also confirms the unavailability of departmental travel funds. The two items should be submitted via the online interface at the time the panel/paper proposal is submitted. Funding requests will have no bearing on the committee’s decisions on panels/papers, but funds will not be awarded unless the applicant’s submission is accepted by the program committee in a separate decision.
Application deadline: December 1, 2021.
Apply here:
Reference letters submitted here:

SHAFR Global Scholars and Diversity Grants

SHAFR also awards Global Scholars and Diversity Grants to help defray travel and lodging expenses for the 2022 conference. These grants are aimed at scholars whose participation in the annual meeting helps to diversity the organization. Preference will be given to those who have not previously presented at annual meetings. The awards are intended for scholars who represent groups historically under-represented at SHAFR, scholars who offer diverse and complementary intellectual approaches, and scholars from outside the United States. “Scholars” includes faculty, graduate students, and independent researchers.
To further integrate grant winners into SHAFR, awards include one-year membership that includes subscriptions to Diplomatic History and Passport. Applicants should submit a copy of their individual paper proposal along with a short CV (2-page maximum) and a 2–3 paragraph essay addressing the fellowship criteria (including data on previous SHAFR meetings  attended and funding received). Please submit your application via the on-line interface. Funding requests will have no bearing on the committee’s decisions on panels/papers, but funds will not be awarded unless the applicant’s submission is accepted by the program committee in a separate decision.
Application deadline: December 1, 2021.
Apply here:

We look forward to seeing you next June, online and in New Orleans!

SHAFR 2022 Program Committee co-chairs,
Emily Conroy-Krutz (Michigan State University) and
Daniel Immerwahr (Northwestern University)

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