CFP- SHAFR 2019 and 2020 Summer Institutes

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 4:30pm



The SHAFR Summer Institute Oversight Committee welcomes proposals to host the 2019 or 2020 SHAFR Summer Institute. 

The Institute is intended to provide advanced graduate students and junior faculty with the chance to engage in intense discussion with senior scholars on topics and methodologies related to the study of foreign policy and/or international history. It also serves as an opportunity for all participants, senior scholars included, to test ideas and themes related to their own research. 

To underwrite the Institute, SHAFR will provide $10,000 to provide a stipend for the organizers and assistance for participants’ travel to and accommodations at the institute. Organizers are encouraged to seek additional funding, either by subsidies or in-kind support, from their home institutions. 

Prior institutes and their themes have been “War and Foreign Policy: America’s Conflicts in Vietnam and Iraq in Historical Perspective”; “Turning Points in the Cold War”; “Decisions and History”; “Freedom and Free Markets: The Histories of Globalization and Human Rights”; “Does Culture Matter? The Emotions, the Senses, and Other New Approaches to the History of US Foreign/International Relations”; “The International History of Nuclear Weapons”; “Wilsonianism and the Legacies of the First World War”; “’The Tocqueville Oscillation’: The Intersection of Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy”; “Culture, Propaganda, and Intelligence in Foreign Relations”; and “Security and the State: Cultures of National Security and Insecurity in American Foreign Relations.”

The institute should take place immediately preceding or following the annual SHAFR conference in June 2019, which will be held in Washington DC, or in June 2020, which likely will be held in New Orleans. The Institute can be held at the conference hotel or in an adjacent location. The Summer Institute Oversight Committee will work with the organizers of successful proposal to promote the goals of the Summer Institute.

Those interested in applying to host in 2019 or 2020 should prepare a proposal including

• the title of the institute they wish to conduct;

• a description (no more than three pages) of the themes to be pursued during the institute and how it will be organized as well as any connection to the conference site and/or theme; 

• the preferred audience (graduate students, junior faculty, or both); 

• a description of how the substance of the proposed institute (its conveners, its 

• presenters, and its readings) and recruitment of participants will contribute to SHAFR’s commitment to diversity and internationalization; 

• a statement on funding secured from home institutions; 

• contact information and concise c.v.s of the organizers; and

• a draft “syllabus” and schedule.

Proposals should be sent to [email protected] by December 15, 2018; questions can be directed to the same email address.