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The AHA is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for its annual conference at the University of Newcastle. This year’s theme is ‘Entangled Histories’ in reference to the growing use of ‘entanglements’ as a key theoretical term in the humanities and social sciences. It reflects the increasing move away from narrowly defined ‘national’ histories towards an understanding of History as an interlinked whole where identities and places are the products of mobilities and connections. The conference theme will explore the ways in which peoples, ideas and goods circulated across the boundaries of empires and nations. ‘Entangled History’ views all cultures and societies as connected. We welcome papers that consider the value of entangled frameworks for historical analysis from all historical periods, themes and research areas. We especially encourage proposals for panel sessions of three papers.

Conference Themes

  • Indigenous Histories
  • Histories of Violence
  • Migration and Refugee Histories
  • Mobilities, Transnational Spaces and Borders in History
  • Histories of Sexuality
  • Digital Histories
  • Histories of Health, Illness and Disability
  • Intimate Histories of Families and Localities
  • Public Histories and Cultural Heritage

If your abstract does not fit into any of the above themes, please submit to the General Conference Program theme.

Affiliated Conferences and Special Strands

The conference will include a number of strands:

1. The Australian Women’s History Network Symposium, "Symbiotic Histories"
For at least forty years, feminist historians in Australia and elsewhere have documented intimate histories, guided by a belief in the personal as political, a desire to challenge grand narratives, traditions and borders, and a commitment to acknowledging the dynamics of intersectionality. Feminist historian Mrinalini Sinha has emphasised the importance of contextualising intimate histories, noting how gendered discourses have a “symbiotic” relationship to local and global histories of dispossession, colonisation and nation building. We see this conference as an opportunity to build on her analysis. If historians are asked to consider how gender has been historically articulated in the local and the transnational – as well as the national – then, much like “entanglements,” we might uncover the underlying connections, contradictions, and interdependencies between and among our subjects. For this symposium we invite speakers – individually or on panels – to contribute papers that speak to symbiotic histories of women and gender. We especially invite papers that explore the potential for symbiotic histories of women and gender. For more information contact the conveners: Dr Chelsea Barnett, Isobelle Barrett Meyering, James Keating and Sophie Robinson ( or click here for further information.

2. Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network, “Green Stream”
We invite submissions of papers and panels in what has become a broad interdisciplinary field since Roderick Nash coined the term in 1972. We welcome papers across a wide range of research topics as well as in environmental historiography. We are especially interested in looking at the intersection of histories of technology and the environment. For inquiries contact: Dr Nancy Cushing ( or click here for further information.

3. Religious History Association Conference
The RHA invites papers and panel proposals that address religious history from any time period and geographical location. In addition to this broad call, we would like to invite papers or panel proposals in three specific areas: critical engagement with missionary activity; Moravian missions; and papers which engage questions of sexuality and/or marriage and religion. For further information and inquiries contact: Dr Christina Petterson ( or Dr Laura Rademaker ( or click here for further information.

4. Oral History Australia and the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ), “Working with Memories”
This strand will bring together presenters and papers that explore the opportunities and challenges of working with memories as sources for historical research and production. Presenters in this strand will be invited to submit their papers to the Oral History Australia Journal. For inquiries contact: Professor Alistair Thomson ( or Dr Nepia Mahuika ( or click here for further information.

Submission and Presentation Guidelines
Each presenter will have 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion time. Delegates can present only one paper across the AHA and affiliate conference streams. Conference registration is open to everyone, but all presenters must be members of the AHA or its affiliate organizations.

Each author may only submit ONE abstract.

Abstracts must be submitted by the 31st March 2017.

Presentation Types
You may submit one of two presentation types:
1. Single paper proposal
2. Panel paper proposals

Guidelines for Submissions

1. Single paper proposal must follow the guidelines below:

Title: Maximum of 10 words

Biography: No more than 2 sentences (approximately 50 words)

Summary of Abstract: Maximum of 30 words. This will be the only description of your paper in the conference program, so please choose your words carefully.

Abstract: No more than 250 words. This abstract will be posted on the conference website in a PDF file with all other abstracts, but will not be published in the conference program

2. Panel paper proposals must follow the guidelines below:

The panel chair or one of the panellists must submit each paper individually in the name of the author of each paper.

Within the submission process please indicate the following:

– The name of the panel chair
– The email of the panel chair
– The title of the panel session
– Affiliated conferences strand (if relevant)  

Please note the above details must be the same for each paper on the panel.

The following must be included for each paper:

Title: Maximum of 10 words

Biography: No more than 2 sentences (approximately 50 words)

Summary of Abstract: Maximum of 30 words. This will be the only description of your paper in the conference program, so please choose your words carefully.

Prof Philip Dwyer
Tel. +61 (0)439 426 218

We look forward to receiving your proposals.