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Event Details

Deadline: Jul 8 2013
Event Date: Mar 12 2014 – Mar 16 2014
Event Website: Event Webpage
City: San Francisco
Country: USA
Primary Contact Name: Lisa Mighetto
Contact Email:

The ASEH invites proposals for its 2014 conference that will convene 12-16 March in San Francisco, California.

Ever since its founding as a Spanish port in 1776, San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area have served both as a crossroads for Asian, European, Latin American, and African immigration, bringing together diverse cultures across continental and oceanic divides, and as a site for spectacular disasters, from mercury pollution and violence against indigenous peoples during the gold rush to the earthquake of 1906. The U.N. Charter was signed here in 1945 “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” and since the 1960s it’s been an international leader for the organic food movement, sustainable urban design, transnational trade, the anti-war, environmental, and gay-rights movements, iconic bridges and digital innovation.

The program theme, “Crossing Divides,” calls attention to new scholarship in environmental history that bridges geographical and disciplinary differences. We seek panel and roundtable proposals that engage with this theme in creative ways: studies in environmental history from comparative regional and cultural perspectives; investigations in such topics as food culture, urban and rural sustainability, labor and migration, bodies and toxicity, and the past and future of political ecology. The program committee seeks to further discussions that cross disciplinary or conceptual divides in new ways. We especially invite proposals that span gender, generational, and geographic differences among presenters as well as topics. We see the location of the conference in San Francisco as a special opportunity to encourage panels that study the wider Pacific world, and we welcome proposals that involve non-historians with shared interests.

Submission Guidelines

The program committee invites panel, roundtable, individual paper, and poster proposals for the conference. We strongly prefer to receive complete session proposals but will endeavor to construct some sessions from proposals for individual presentations. Roundtables are designed for discussion focused on a single topic or issue.
Sessions will be scheduled for 1.5 hours. Please note that it is ASEH policy to allow at least 30 minutes for discussion in every session. No single presentation should exceed 15 minutes, and each roundtable presentation should be significantly shorter than that, as roundtables are designed to maximize discussion among the speakers and with the audience. Commentators are allowed but not required.

The committee invites proposals in formats beyond the typical paper session where presenters offer something other than verbatim recitals of written papers. To maximize participation, we encourage session proposals with participants giving shorter presentations (10-12 minutes each). Panels can include 3-4 speakers plus a chair and commentator; roundtables can include up to 4 speakers plus a moderator. Please note that individuals can be a primary presenter in only one panel, roundtable, or other session proposal, but can also serve as chair or commentator in a second session proposal.

To submit a proposal, see:

When you click the link above, you will be asked to create an account and login – you can then submit a proposal for a panel, roundtable, individual paper, or poster. Please note that all session participants must create an account on this system before the session organizer can submit a session proposal. You will be asked to submit abstracts of 300 words or less for each session, but cvs and bios are not required.

This system also allows you to edit your proposal (before July 8, 2013).

Deadline for submissions: July 8, 2013 [extended]
All presenters and other participants are required to register for the conference. The online registration system will be posted on this website in the fall of 2013, after the sessions have been selected. If you have any questions, please contact: David Biggs, UC-Riverside, program committee chair, or Lisa Mighetto, ASEH director,

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