Annual Meetings

“Gulfs, Seas, Oceans, Empires” | Westin New Orleans Canal Place
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 12:00pm
New Orleans , Louisiana
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:00am
Arlington , Virginia

The 2019 SHAFR Annual Meeting will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View hotel in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. area) from 20-22 June 2019.


     Rates increase after June 1

Conference Program (6 May 2019)

Participants are also invited to register to participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop on Historians and Public Engagement, which will be held at Georgetown University on June 18-19.  [Registration required by May 15]


Call for Papers [Deadline: 1 December 2018]


Looking forward to SHAFR 2019?  You can go ahead and book your room online now at the SHAFR Conference special rate of $175/night.  Rooms must be reserved by May 30, 2019, and in past years our rooms have sold out well ahead of that date.

A hospitality suite has been reserved for participants with infants and young children to access throughout the conference.

If you are seeking a roommate to share the cost of lodging, please contact [email protected].

Social Event:

The social event for the 2019 conference will be on Friday, June 21st at the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Arlington (picture below), a short walk from the Renaissance Arlington Hotel.  Please plan to join us.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 9:00am

Online Registration is open.

The conference program and errata are now available online. 

Update on Proposed Counterinsurgency Roundtable (13 June 2018)

Our Sheraton Society Hill bloc is now sold out. We have arranged for an additional bloc of rooms at the nearby Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel (401 Chestnut Street) for a nightly rate of $239. To reserve one of these rooms, call 1-800-468-3571 or 215-925-0000 and request the SHAFR Conference room rate.

Information for Parents with Children: A hospitality suite for parents of babies and small children will be available throughout the conference. Please see Mark at the registration desk for access.

Childcare: Sheraton Society Hill refers guests looking for childcare options to Your Other Hands (215)790-0990. This is provided for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation or endorsement.

Power, Publics, and the United States in the World
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:00am
Arlington , Virginia

50 for 50

SHAFR is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the annual meeting. There can be no better demonstration of SHAFR’s vitality than the sheer intellectual energy, enthusiasm, and collegiality at the conference. You are invited to consider making a financial “thank-you” to SHAFR in honor of this anniversary and to support our continued success. Though the slogan “50 for 50” suggests a $50 gift, any amount (such as $5 from a strudent or a more generous contribution) will be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax-deductible.

The SHAFR 2017 Annual Meeting will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, Arlington, VA (Washington, DC Area) from June 22, 23, 24, 2017.

The 2017 Presidential Address by SHAFR President Mary Dudziak 

Meeting Rooms Floor Plan (PDF)

Renaissance Hotel exterior

Presenter Guidelines

Friday Night Dinner -- This year's social event will be a seafood feast on the gorgeous East Pier at National Harbor catered by Foster's Clambake. Friday, June 23, 6:30-9:30pm. (Vegetarian and vegan options available.) Round-trip bus tickets are available for $10 at registration.

Not taking the shuttle to the Friday night dinner? No problem! A map with a link to driving directions can be found at The Mariner Garage at the corner of Waterfront Street & Mariner Passage is the closest to the venue.

Coming by taxi or ride share? Ask to be dropped off at 155 National Plaza in front of the Redstone American Grill.

Once you arrive, will find the East Pier tent by walking towards the Capital Wheel, a very obvious visible icon.

Roommate Seeking Roomate: The Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) offers support for finding a roommate. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact the CCWH-SHAFR Liaison Ilaria Scaglia at [email protected] (subject line: SHAFR roommate).

Information for Parents with Children: Parents with children are welcome at the 2017 SHAFR conference. The Washington, DC area abounds with family friendly activities and field trip opportunities that might appeal to children.  SHAFR does not have funds to provide/subsidize child care or to organize specific activities for children. Local child care options are provided for your information only. They are not endorsed by SHAFR.

ASAP Sitters


P&E Babysitting

The Educated Babysitter

New this year: A hospitality suite for parents of babies and small children will be available throughout the conference. This room is spacious, has access to handwashing facilities, and includes refrigerated storage. Please ask for the room’s location at the Conference Registration Desk.

Accommodations: Registrants who need accommodations (large print programs or other materials, priority seating, etc.) to facilitate their full participation in the annual meeting should contact SHAFR Conference Coordinator Julie Laut at 513-544-2682 or [email protected]. If a need arises on-site at the annual conference, we encourage you to stop by registration for assistance.

Audio and Video Recording: SHAFR and the media occasionally record conference sessions for use in broadcast and electronic media. Presenters who do not wish for their session to be recorded may opt out when submitting a proposal to the Program Committee. An audience member who wishes to audiotape or videotape must obtain written permission of panelists. SHAFR is not responsible for unauthorized recording. SHAFR reserves the right to revoke the registration of anyone who records sessions without appropriate permissions.

If you have any questions about conference logistics, please contact Julie Laut, Conference Coordinator, at [email protected]. If you have questions about the conference program, please contact the 2017 program committee co-chairs, Robert Brigham and Adriane Lentz-Smith, at [email protected].