Midwestern History conference 2023, trees and a road

Many Histories, One Midwest?

Thursday, May 18 - Friday, May 19, 2023

This conference continues a vibrant discussion that has grown significantly over the last eight years by placing Midwestern studies at the center of American historiography. Scholars from many different career paths and stages with original research gather at this annual meeting, striving to cultivate a rigorous historical understanding of a complex, dynamic, and often misunderstood region.

Midwestern History Conference 2023

Now accepting proposals!

Building on last year’s theme of “Many Midwests: Constructing Place, Recasting Identity,” we welcome papers relating to all aspects of the history of the American Midwest. This year’s theme of “Many Histories, One Midwest?” is intended to encourage submissions that examine and contextualize whether commonalities may be found among the diverse people and places of the Midwest. We strongly encourage the use of visual aids, digital media, and interactive elements to be incorporated into panel presentations, making them as engaging as possible for a hybrid audience.

Proposals for panel and roundtables are encouraged, with a moderator and/or chair, should be a maximum of 1,000 words.

Individual paper proposals are also welcome and should be a maximum of 300 words.

All proposals must be accompanied by short vitas of the participants and contain contact information for every presenter included in the proposal.

In an effort to promote scholarly conversation and collaboration, the MHA and the Hauenstein Center will limit participants to a single panel or event this year. Proposals should include new research or innovative interpretations and should avoid substantially repeating the contents of presentations the scholar has previously made at the Midwestern History Conference.

In addition to welcoming proposals from scholars affiliated with colleges and universities, the MHA encourages proposals from public historians, students, and independent scholars. Successful proposals should demonstrate sound historical methods and professional research. 

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2023

Submit your proposal here!

Information and registration for the Midwest History Conference 2023 will be available in the upcoming months. For now, save the dates: May 18 & 19, 2023.

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