Call for papers

Call for papers

Historians make choices about the scale of their inquiry. They set parameters for their projects – temporal, geographical, social, archival – which shape their research strategies, their potential audiences, and their interpretations and arguments.

We engage with scale in a variety of ways, including: big history, microhistory, global history, local history, deep history, planetary history, biography, emotions, digital history and big data, and document analysis.

Do you write history on a grand or intimate scale? Or both?

Join us at the 2018 AHA conference in Canberra to ponder these questions and more! We welcome paper and panel proposals on any geographical area, time period, or field of history, especially those relating to the theme of scale.

Reflecting the location of the conference in Canberra, we also invite papers on the theme History and the National Cultural Collections which promote engagement between historians and professionals in the GLAMs sector (galleries, libraries, archives, museums).

As is customary, AHA members and affiliated societies will organise various specialised streams. Details will be added to this call for papers as they become available.



EXTENDED DEADLINE: Submissions close Monday 12 March 2018 at midnight.

You will first need to register on the abstract submission website (Currinda) and include contact details in your profile.

Full submission and presentation guidelines are under 'terms and conditions' in the abstract submission process. In summary:

  • Each presenter will have 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion time.
  • Conference registration is open to everyone, but all presenters must be members of the AHA.
  • Delegates can present only one paper across the AHA and affiliate conference streams but they may participate in a roundtable as well.
  • Papers as part of panels (three papers grouped in a single session) should be submitted by each individual presenter – you will be asked for some additional information so that we can identify your other panel presenters.
  • Proposals for roundtables should be emailed direct to the conference convenor.
  • We ask for an organisation/affiliation in your profile – if you are an independent scholar please state this.


The Australian Historical Association (AHA) is committed to inclusivity with regard to race, class, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender expression and identity, sexual orientation, and physical abilities in terms of participation and topics discussed at its conferences, and all other AHA activities. The AHA Executive expects all members and participants in AHA events to respect and adhere to these principles of diversity and inclusion.


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