Organization of American Historians

Registration and Membership Requirements

All participants are required to register for the Annual Meeting. Participants who specialize in American history and support themselves as American historians are also required to be members of the OAH. Participants representing other disciplines are not required to be members of the OAH.

Repeat Participation

OAH policy prohibits individuals from participating in two consecutive annual meetings in the same role and limits individuals to appearing only once on the program in a given year. If you have questions about this policy, e-mail the OAH meetings department


The conference takes place from Thursday through Saturday*. Though OAH committee and affiliate conflicts will be taken into consideration during the scheduling process, you must be available to present during this three day period.

*The 2018 Annual Meeting will conclude on the evening of Saturday, April 14.

Submission Procedure

Complete session proposals include a chair, participants, and, if applicable, a commentator (chairs may double as commentators, and commentators may be omitted if the audience is to serve in that role). The Program Committee encourages alternative formats that maximize audience participation, such as sessions with no formal comment.

All proposals must include the following information:

  • • a complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation for each participant
  • • an abstract of no more than 500 words for the session as a whole
  • • a prospectus of no more than 250 words for each paper presentation - this only applies to paper sessions
  • • a biography of no more than 500 words for each participant