Call for Papers

American University and The George Washington University are pleased to announce that they will be co-hosting the Sixty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23, 2017. Lisa Moses Leff (AU) and Katrin Schultheiss (GWU) will serve as co-Presidents of the Society for 2017 and will organize the conference.

The Program Committee welcomes panel proposals on all subjects of the history of France, the French Empire, and other Francophone countries, as well as France within a global or transnational framework. We strongly encourage you to organize complete panels, though individual submissions are also permitted and in those cases, we will do our best to arrange them into coherent panels. The traditional format for panels is three 15-20 minute papers, with a chair and a commentator.

We also encourage submissions for panels in other formats, such as roundtables, lightning sessions, pedagogy panels, and panels dealing with the digital humanities. Descriptions of these formats can be found here.

If you are proposing a non-traditional format, please explain how the session time of 1.75 hours will be used.

All sessions will be held at the conference hotel, the Washington Court (525 NewJersey Avenue N.W.) which is located right next to Union Station (Washington’s train station; also a Metro station) and walking distance from the Capitol, the Library of Congress and the National Mall. The SFHS has secured a special conference room rate of $179 per night.

Proposals in English or French must be submitted electronically by October 10, 2016. For questions, please contact the conference organizers at