Call for Submissions   •  ACHA 105th ANNUAL MEETING
New York 2025

IMPORTANT UPDATE – MARCH 27, 2024, 6:15 PM ET: Due to a technical issue, we have temporarily taken our submission system offline. We expect to restore it within 24 hours. 

Even as we approach our submission deadline, we will make every accommodation to ensure we receive your submission. If you have a proposal in hand now, rest assured: We will accept it.

If you have any concerns, or to check on the status of your submission, please e-mail [email protected]. 

Call for Submissions
Submission deadlines:
  • Regular ACHA papers and panels: extended to April 1, 2024
  • Joint AHA-ACHA panels: February 15, 2024

The American Catholic Historical Association invites submissions on any topic relevant to the study of Catholicism for its annual meeting in New York City, taking place Friday, January 3 through Sunday, January 5, 2025.

Returning to the city that never sleeps, we take New York’s history as a springboard for exploring how Catholicism has shaped and been shaped by diverse practices, institution building, local and global politics, geographic mobility, and new forms of media.

The history of New York’s five boroughs urges us to consider the diversity of Catholic communities and Catholic thought. For the 2025 annual meeting, we especially encourage individual paper and panel submissions that address the following:

  • Global Catholicisms and communities traditionally marginalized in the study of Catholic history
  • Space, place, and urban Catholicism 
  • Catholicism and cinema, media, and popular culture
  • Protest, dissent, and Catholic politics
  • Antiquity, Medieval, and pre-modern Catholicism
  • New directions in archives, material culture, and the “tangible things” of Catholic practice 

We invite proposals that depart from the traditional paper session format, including roundtables, book discussions, and site visits. Submissions that demonstrate disciplinary and/or methodological diversity—including panels composed of scholars outside the field of history who understand history as relevant to their discipline—are especially welcome. 

We strongly seek out panels that include diverse participants and reflect generational diversity, as well as participants in various career paths and of various ranks (including graduate students, contingent faculty, public historians, curators, librarians and archivists, independent scholars, and those employed outside the traditional academy).

New for 2025: Find collaborators on 'Panel Connections' Google Sheet

To encourage making connections before the proposal deadlines, we have created a Google Sheet where you can share information about your paper or panel with others interested in the ACHA conference.

The program committee will monitor the spreadsheet and encourages contact between members and sharing of ideas to build out panel proposals.

Please keep in mind
  • To ensure the broadest possible participation in the ACHA annual meeting, we ask that participants limit themselves to taking a role in any capacity in no more than two proposed sessions during the conference.
  • All those appearing on the ACHA program must be members of the ACHA at the time of the meeting. Membership is not required to submit a proposal. If the proposal is accepted, one must be a member to present.
  • In addition, all presenters must be registered for the AHA annual conference.
Joint AHA-ACHA Panels

Please consider submitting a joint panel with the American Historical Association (AHA). The deadline for joint AHA-ACHA panels is February 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Please note that the AHA’s deadline is considerably earlier than the ACHA’s submission deadline.

Directions for submitting an AHA panel can be found on the AHA 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.