ACHA 102nd ANNUAL MEETING  •  January 6-8, 2022
New Orleans 2022

Call for Papers

The American Catholic Historical Association invites submissions on any topic relevant to the study of Catholicism for its annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, January 6-8, 2022.

Update: We’ve extended the submission period by one week. The new submission deadline is March 23, 2021.

Submission deadline: March 23, 2021
Joint panels with AHA: February 15, 2021


Given the historical, religious, and cultural significance of the city of New Orleans, we especially encourage individual paper and panel submissions that address the following:

  • African American Catholicism
  • Race and Catholicism
  • Catholicism and Southern History
  • Popular Devotions
  • The Atlantic World and Catholicism
  • Transnational Catholicism
  • Music, Popular Culture, and Catholicism
  • Catholicism and Empire
  • Communities Traditionally Marginalized in the Field of Catholic History
  • Pre-modern Catholicism

Presentation formats

We welcome panel proposals that depart from the traditional paper session format, including roundtables, book discussions, and site visits. Please also consider submissions that demonstrate disciplinary and/or methodological diversity, including panels comprised of scholars outside the field of history who understand history as relevant to their discipline. Finally, we strongly encourage panels that reflect both generational diversity and diversity of professional appointment (including graduate students, contingent faculty, independent scholars, and those employed outside the traditional academy).

Papers accepted for the 2021 conference

Please note that due to the cancellation of last year’s conference in Seattle, if your paper was accepted for that conference, it will be given preference by this year’s Program Committee. However, you will need to resubmit the paper proposal by this year’s submission deadline for consideration.

Some travel grant funding is available for the conference. For more details see our Travel Grants page.

Submission guidelines

To submit an ACHA panel, follow the appropriate link below. No membership or registration is necessary to submit a proposal. For each paper proposal, submit a 200-word prospectus and one-page CV. For panels, include a 500-word prospectus in addition to a 200-word prospectus and one-page CV for each paper. For roundtables, book discussions, or other session formats, include a 500-word prospectus and list of participants.

Submission deadline for paper and panel proposals for ACHA, New Orleans, 2022:
March 23, 2021.

Joint panels

Every year, we encourage members to submit joint panels with the American Historical Association (AHA). The deadline for such panels was February 15, 2021 and submissions are no longer being accepted. Directions for submitting an AHA panel can be found on the AHA’s website. If you are proposing a joint panel, please submit your proposal to the AHA as well as to the ACHA. You may also wish to explore a joint panel with one of the AHA affiliated societies.

All those appearing on the ACHA program must be members of the ACHA, although membership is not required to submit a proposal. In addition, all presenters must be registered for the AHA annual conference.

In order to enhance conference experience of attendees, the ACHA does not allow presentation by Skype, Zoom, or videoconferencing. We do allow presentations in absentia.

Questions about proposals should be addressed to Professor Anthony B. Smith, Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton, at

Submit a proposal

Submission deadline: March 23, 2021
Joint panels with AHA: February 15, 2021