CFP: Pandemic Methodologies Twitter Conference



June 24-25, 2021 Sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association (CHA)

In the past year, archives and libraries have closed (either permanently or periodically), non-essential international travel has been heavily discouraged or impossible, and anyone who can has been encouraged to work from home. In these circumstances, historians have had to adapt how they do research, perhaps relying more heavily on digital methods or developing more collaborative projects. Because so many of these strategic decisions have been made in the midst of crisis and, at times, as temporary emergency measures, there has been little discussion of what the historian-at-work looks like right now. How have personal experiences of lockdown, ill health, family caretaking, and working from home influenced how we write history? How is research being shaped by contemporary constraints and creative solutions? How does it feel to do historical research in our historical moment?

Conference Goals:

  • Encourage conversations around how contemporary crises influence the production of history;
  • Share experiences of remote, digital, and adapted historical research methodologies and approaches;
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to showcase their work through a digital forum;
  • Highlight the experiences of grad students and early career scholars;
  • Foster a greater sense of community among Canadian scholars.

Topics may include:

  • Mental health, well-being, grief
  • Slow scholarship
  • Medical history
  • History of emotions, affect theory
  • Disability studies
  • Digital history, digital methods
  • Histories of higher education
  • Infrastructure and technology for remote research
  • Funding or professional support challenges
  • Life-work balance, caretaking responsibilities

We invite abstract submissions for 15-minute presentations (a 10-12 tweet thread). For more information on participating in a twitter conference and for presentation guidelines, please see the Presenters Guide.

Abstracts should consist of no more than 200 words and should be submitted by May 7, 2021 to [email protected].

Any questions can be directed to Letitia Johnson or Erin Gallagher-Cohoon at [email protected].