Guidelines for Submitting a Conference Session Suggestion

Local History Conference | Upper Peninsula History Conference | State History Conference | Workshops

After you have reviewed the submission guidelines for the conference of your choice, you may submit your session idea using this online form.

Session Suggestions for Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference (March)

Each year, the Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference Planning Committee begins preparing for the conference during the summer prior to the event. The committee reviews more than 50-60+ session ideas and chooses about 20 to 24 sessions to include in the conference.

This conference includes sessions on many aspects of southeast Michigan history, as well as statewide history, genealogy, oral history, archival issues, women’s history, local historical societies, and other topics. For examples of what’s been featured in the past, we encourage you to review the titles and descriptions of the sessions at our past conferences. Download the most recent brochure here.

Please note that this is not an academic conference. Our conference-goers are generally a mix of professionals and enthusiasts, so we do not accept presentations that are based solely on the reading of a paper or research project. Rather, each session should be aimed at an educated lay audience and include visuals when possible.

The planning committee accepts session ideas for each conference through August 30 each year. Session ideas are reviewed in September and content is locked in shortly thereafter.

To propose a session for consideration by the conference’s planning committee, please submit the following by August 30 for the following year’s conference (held each year in March).

  • A working title
  • Presenter name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • One to two paragraphs describing what the session will cover
  • List/overview of where you have presented to groups in the past, including HSM conferences if you have presented in the past

We recommend proposing only one session idea at a time. To ensure that a wide variety of voices and perspectives are represented at our conferences, we try avoid repeating speakers who have presented at the Local History Conference in the past two years.

Session Suggestions for the Upper Peninsula History Conference (June)

Each year, the Upper Peninsula History Conference Committee begins preparing for the conference during the fall prior to the event. The committee reviews a wide variety of session ideas and chooses about 12 to 14 sessions to include in the conference.

This conference includes sessions on many aspects of Upper Peninsula. A significant focus is put on—but not exclusive to—the region where the conference is held. For examples of what’s been featured in the past, we encourage you to review the titles and descriptions of the sessions at our past conferences. Download the most recent brochure here.

Please note that this is not an academic conference. Our conference-goers are generally a mix of professionals and enthusiasts, so we do not accept presentations that are based solely on the reading of a paper or research project. Rather, each session should be aimed at an educated lay audience and include visuals when possible.

The planning committee accepts session ideas for each conference through September 30 each year. Session ideas are reviewed in the fall and content is locked in shortly thereafter.

To propose a session for consideration by the conference’s planning committee, please submit the following by September 30 for the following year’s conference (held each year in June).

  • A working title
  • Presenter name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • One to two paragraphs describing what the session will cover
  • List/overview of where you have presented to groups in the past, including HSM conferences if you have presented in the past

We recommend proposing only one session idea at a time. To ensure that a wide variety of voices and perspectives are represented at our conferences, we try avoid repeating speakers who have presented at the Upper Peninsula History Conference in the past two years.

Session Suggestions for the State History Conference (September/October)

Each year, the State History Conference Committee begins preparing for the conference during the fall prior to the event. The committee reviews a variety of session ideas and chooses about 14 sessions to include in the conference.

This conference includes sessions on many aspects of Michigan’s history. For examples of what’s been featured in the past, we encourage you to review the titles and descriptions of the sessions at our past conferences. Download the most recent brochure here.

Please note that this is not an academic conference. Our conference-goers are generally a mix of professionals and enthusiasts, so we do not accept presentations that are based solely on the reading of a paper or research project. Rather, each session should be aimed at an educated lay audience and include visuals when possible.

The planning committee accepts session ideas for each conference through September 30 each year. Session ideas are reviewed in the fall and content is locked in shortly thereafter.

To propose a session for consideration by the conference’s planning committee, please submit the following by September 30 for the following year’s conference (held each year in September).

  • A working title
  • Presenter name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • One to two paragraphs describing what the session will cover
  • List/overview of where you have presented to groups in the past, including HSM conferences if you have presented in the past

We recommend proposing only one session idea at a time. To ensure that a wide variety of voices and perspectives are represented at our conferences, we try avoid repeating speakers who have presented at the State History Conference in the past two years.

Workshop Suggestions

HSM hosts an extensive schedule of three hour workshops throughout the year in our education center in Lansing and occasionally in other locations.  Workshops are also embedded in two of our three conferences – the UP History Conference and the State History Conference – which each feature a three hour pre-conference workshop as well as a “training track” of sessions throughout the conference.

To propose a workshop for consideration, please submit the following:

  • A working title
  • Presenter name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • One to two paragraphs describing what the workshop will cover
  • Has the proposed speaker taught this particular workshop before and, if so, where
  • List/overview of where the speaker has presented to groups in the past, including HSM conferences if you have presented in the past

We recommend proposing only one workshop idea at a time.

 

 

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