Sunday, January 27, 2013

SSHA Call for Papers

Macrohistorical Dynamics Network
38th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association
Chicago, IL 21-24 November 2013
Submission Deadline: 15 February 2013

"Organizing Powers"

We invite you to take part in Macrohistorical Dynamics (MHD) panels of the 38th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, November 21-24, 2013 in Chicago.  For more information on the meeting as well as the call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website:

The deadline for paper and/or panel submissions is February 15, 2013.

The members of the Social Science History Association share a common interest in interdisciplinary and systematic approaches to historical research, and many of us find the SSHA one of the most stimulating conferences that we attend.

The thematic topic of the 2013 annual meeting is “Organizing Powers” – a theme that works very well with the research interests of many of the scholars involved in the Macrohistorical Dynamics network.

Macrohistorical Dynamics (MHD) is an interdisciplinary social science research field that focuses on problems of large-scale, comparative historical inquiry.  Contributors to the field have brought perspective on a wide variety of problem areas, including macro- and historical sociology; comparative histories; world history; world-system analysis; comparative study of civilizations; philosophy of history; and studies of long-term socio-ecological, technological, demographic, cultural, and political trends and transformations.  The Macrohistorical Dynamics network brings a rigorous perspective to bear on questions having to do with “large” history.

Possible topics that illustrate some of the general themes of Macrohistorical Dynamics include …

•    Comparative Methods in Macrohistory
•    Large-scale historical causes: climate, population, geography
•    Cultural and National Identities in Large-scale Historical Change
•    Theory in Macro-history: Are There Successful Macrosociological Theories?
•    Macro-, Meso-, Micro- in Historical Explanations
•    Empires and Peoples
•    Globalization and World Cities
•    Social Evolution and Systemic Transformations in World History

The list of MHD panel themes for 2013 is open, and we encourage you to submit proposals for paper topics or panel themes.

The MHD network will be able to host at least six panels in 2013 and will also be able to place additional papers through co-sponsorship with other networks (for example, with History/Methods, Politics, Culture, State-Society, Historical Geography, etc.).

SSHA requests that submissions be made by means of its web conference management system. Paper title, brief abstract, and contact information should be submitted on the site, where the general SSHA 2013 call for papers is also available.  (If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process.)  Here is the direct link for submissions:

The online system is now accepting submissions. If you have any questions, please contact either of the MHD co-chairs (Peter Perdue, James Lee, Dan Little).

NOTE: There is an SSHA rule concerning book sessions.  For a book session to proceed, the author (or at least one of multiple authors) MUST be present.  Proposals for book sessions should only be submitted if there is high confidence that the author will be able to travel to Chicago November 21-24, 2013.

SSHA has set up a mechanism for networks to share papers, so even if you have a solo paper, send the idea along.  It is possible and useful to identify a paper not only by the MHD network, but also by some other co-sponsoring networks--for example, Theory/Methods, Historical Geography, Politics, Culture, Economics, etc.  Co-sponsored panels and papers are encouraged by the SSHA Program Committee as a means of broadening the visibility of the various networks.

Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Prof. Daniel Little
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Office of the Chancellor
Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1491

Prof. Peter Perdue
Department of History
Yale University
New Haven CT

Prof. James Lee
School of Humanities and Social Science
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong

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