2021 Proposal Submission

All submissions are due by September 28, 2020.

NCHE Call for Proposals
Place and Time

April 8-10, 2021

Time and place are the coordinates of all historical developments and events. Some are natural, like the geological formation of Utah’s Salt Lake between 10 and 4 million years ago. Others are human and social, like the fall of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 or the collapse of the Berlin Wall exactly two-hundred years later. Geography and history serve as a matrix of time and place and as a context for events.
Attention to change over time is, in fact, one of the pillars of the historical discipline. Those of us who research and teach history are particularly attentive to continuity and change: continuities like 230 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in the United States or changes like the gradual and compensated abolition of slavery in the British West Indies or its sudden, uncompensated demise in Haiti. As we seek to help our students make sense of the complex flows of history, we ask them to investigate the simultaneity of continuity and change, to examine chronology and periodization, to consider the complexity of progress and decline, and to identify turning points in history. 
The coordinate of place (i.e. geography) is equally important for proper historical understanding and encourages students to ask the question, “Where and why there?” It explains, for example, why Europeans established trading posts like El Mina in coastal West Africa while they developed colonial cities in places such as Mexico City and Philadelphia. It is the interplay between history and geography that allows students to critically analyze John Gast’s painting, “American Progress” to explain the causes and consequences of westward migration. It helps explain why Brigham Young and his followers chose the basin of the Great Salt Lake as a secluded area to practice the Latter-day Saints’ religion away from violence and persecution.

Perhaps better than anyone else, French Annales historian Fernand Braudel recognized the connection between time, place, and historical change as he forged the idea of a “total history” and the longue durée, masterfully displayed in his classic study, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II.
It is in a Braudelian spirit that the National Council for History Education invites proposals that investigate questions related to the theme of “Place and Time” for its 2021 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their intellectual content, their ability to engage the audience, and their overall contribution to the teaching of history. 

Criteria for Program Selection:
  • Demonstrates substantial connections to specific historical events and raises questions that are significant and appropriate to historical inquiry.

  • Offers prospect of substantial audience engagement.

  • Makes meaningful contributions to the teaching of history by demonstrating innovative pedagogical approaches and/or by providing extensive materials for classroom use.

Breakout Sessions:
These teacher workshops are typically interactive "how to" sessions designed for the K-12 educator and are 50-minutes in length.
Mini Sessions:
Mini Session topics range from teaching ideas to research reports.  Presenters have 15 minutes to present information and answer questions.  Each mini session typically includes three separate 15 minute presentations in the same room within a 50-minute time period.

Poster Sessions:
Poster Session topics range from teaching ideas to research reports.  Poster presenters display their information visually on a 4x6 foot display board (provided) and interact with interested attendees during the 45-minute session. Presenters remain with their posters.  The poster session period may include 10-20 simultaneous presenters.  


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