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Network Representatives:

The Historical Geography Network of the Social Science History Association invites you to take part in the 40th annual meeting of the SSHA, November 12-15, 2015 in Baltimore Maryland.

We are seeking complete panels as well as individual papers.

The Historical Geography Network has an active membership of scholars who utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and other spatial tools to tackle a wide range of historical problems. We encourage papers and panels that utilize spatial methods to ask new historical questions as well as to revisit old ones.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Racial Spaces and Segregation
  • Urban Immigration
  • Migrations
  • Spatial Demography
  • Qualitative Applications of GIS / Humanities GIS
  • Political Networks and Diffusion
  • GIS for World History
  • GIS and Texts
  • Urban Social Networks
  • Industrial Heritage
  • Environmental Histories
  • Advanced Spatial Statistics and Modeling
  • Historical Gazetteers
  • Teaching Historical GIS and Spatial History
  • Documenting, Archiving, and Publishing Historical Geospatial Data

NEW THIS YEAR: To complement our traditional paper sessions, the Historical Geography Network is hosting the inaugural Interactive Paper Session at the 2015 conference. An interactive paper is a short (5-7 minute) oral summary of the problems, data, methods, and results of primarily digitally-born projects.  This session is perfect for demonstrating online portals, a WebGIS, online repository, or new spatial tools to the community of scholars at the SSHA.  The presentations will be followed by a small group discussion with interested audience members and fellow presenters.  6 to 8 papers will be included in each session.

For more information on the meeting as well as the call for papers, please refer to the SSHA website: www.ssha.org.  The theme for this year’s conference is "Pluralism and Community: Social Science History Perspectives", however, all papers and panel submissions will be considered.  We also encourage cross-network sponsorship of panels.

The deadline for papers and/or panel submissions is February 14, 2015.

The SSHA requests that submissions be made by means of its web conference management system. Paper title, brief abstract and contact information should be submitted to: http://conference.ssha.org/ Panel proposals should include an organizer, discussant, and at least 3 paper presenters.

If you have any questions or need assistance putting together a panel please contact one of the network co-chairs, Don Lafreniere ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), George Vascik ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), John Clark ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!