Wednesday, July 5, 2017


The 40th annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) has been scheduled for July 19-22, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. The meeting will be headquartered at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. The program committee invites proposals for sessions and papers exploring all aspects of and approaches to the history and culture of the early American republic, c. 1776-1861. Particularly encouraged are submissions that
• reflect the diversity of the past, but also address the most pressing issues of the present;
• fill gaps in the historical narrative and/or historiography;
• focus on pedagogy, public history, digital humanities, and other alternative methodologies;
• foster audience participation, feature pre-circulated papers, or assess the state of a given field.
Individual proposals will be considered, but the program committee gives priority to proposals for complete panels that include a chair and commentator. Attention should be given to forming panels with gendered, racial, institutional, and interpretive diversity, representing as well different professional ranks and careers. Individuals interested in serving as chairs or commentators should submit a one-page curriculum vitae. The committee co-chairs are Lorri Glover, St. Louis University, and Ami Pflugrad-Jackisch, University of Toledo.
     All submissions should be filed as one document (Word doc preferred), labeled with the first initial and surname of the contact person (e.g., “SmithJ2018”). All proposals must include
• Panel title and one-paragraph description of panel’s topic
• Email addresses and institutional affiliations for designated contact person and each participant •
A title and description in no more than 100 words for each paper
• A single-page curriculum vitae for each participant, including chairs and commentators
• Indication of any needs for ADA accommodation or requirement
• Indication of any audio-visual requests (please request only if A/V is essential to a presentation) 
Proposals should be submitted via email at with “SHEAR2018” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2017.
   [Note: the CFP will soon appear on the SHEAR website, but it can currently be found on page 78 of the 2017 meeting brochure.]