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CFP: March 2021 Teaching History Writing Conference at the GC (proposals due 1/15)

We are writing to inform you of an upcoming virtual conference we are planning with the support of the CUNY Graduate Center on teaching history writing. The genesis for this conference came out of a desire to become more effective instructors of historical writing, and a desire to put tri-state area faculty and CUNY graduate students in conversation and collaboration with each other to workshop their writing assignments and generate ideas for new assignments. The Teaching Writing History Conference is planned for March 12, 2021.

Please see the call for proposal submissions below. Please direct all inquiries to


Kristopher B. Burrell, PhD. Associate Professor of History, Hostos Community College
Carla J. DuBose-Simons, PhD. Instructor of History, Westchester Community College

Teaching Writing History Conference

Call for Proposals

The inaugural Teaching History Writing Conference is seeking proposals for presentations and / or workshops to engage attendees in conversations around teaching writing in college history classes.

Mission / Purpose of Conference:
• To provide history faculty and graduate students with an opportunity to hear from / share with peers writing pedagogy.
• Gather and share strategies to effectively assign writing in history courses.
• Provide opportunity for faculty and CUNY graduate students to think about their own teaching and leave having thought about a particular assignment.

Presentations should be no longer than 10 – 15 minutes. Presenters will be expected to co-facilitate a workshop or have some interactive component to the session. We also encourage presenters to build in time for attendees to reflect on their own teaching and writing pedagogy.

Suggested Topics include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Disciplinary writing conventions: naming and teaching them aligning writing with learning objectives
2. Scaffolding high stakes writing assignments
3. Exploring multiples genres of history writing – blogs, opinion pieces for popular audiences, formal scholarly research
4. responding to writing in history classes – peer review, line editing, comments for a purpose, strategy
5. Relationship between reading and writing
6. What is historical writing? Unconventional history assignments.
7. Assigning writing in online classes.
8. Writing History for the broader public / using public history sources to write history / experiential history and applied learning.

Deadline: 11:59 pm January 15, 2021 EST at

Electronic submissions only. The Program Committee will send notifications to all presenters by January 31, 2021. If you are a presenter and have not heard from the Program Committee, please contact