Application Instructions

There are THREE WAYS to participate in the 2020 ACH Conference.

PAPER:  You can apply to present an individual paper.  These applications are reviewed by the Executive Committee by theme and composed into panels.  This requires:

  • A paper/poster proposal form; check that you are applying as a paper (click here for a paper/poster proposal form)
  • An abstract of no more than 250 words (translated in English, Spanish, AND French).
  • A brief CV or resume (no more than 2 pages).

PANEL:  You can also apply as part of a panel of 3 or 4 papers.  This requires:

  • A panel proposal form (click here for a panel proposal form)
  • An abstract of no more than 250 words (translated in English, Spanish, AND French) for each paper presentation.
  • A brief CV or resume (no more than 2 pages) for each presenter.
  • Please note that while panel organizers may propose a chair, final assignment of chairs is the prerogative of the Executive Committee. Chairs should be experts in the panel field.

POSTER:  You can apply to participate in our poster session.  This is intended as a fast-paced, fun session for newer scholars or for those embarking on a new project.  This requires:

  • A paper/poster proposal form; this is the same as the paper proposal form—just check that you are applying to offer a poster (click here for a paper/poster proposal form)
  • An abstract of no more than 250 words (translated in English, Spanish, AND French).
  • A brief CV or resume (no more than two pages, please) for each presenter.

While cover forms and CVs can be submitted in one language, it is very important that abstracts be translated into all three languages at the time of submission as the committee reviewing proposals is multi-lingual.  Applications that do not include abstracts in English, Spanish, and French will not be considered, and all materials, including translations, are due by the application deadline of October 15, 2019.

A few more important notes:

  • In order to ensure that graduate student applicants are at an advanced stage of their research, they are also required to provide a letter of support from their academic advisors attesting to the research strength and progress of their proposed papers.
  • All participants must be current members of the ACH by the time they present.
  • ACH presentations include both a pre-circulated paper and a brief presentation at the conference. Papers can be written in English, French or Spanish, and can be no longer than 25 typed, double-spaced pages using 12-point font.  This includes notes and references.  Presentations are intended to introduce the highlights of this written work, and so are strictly limited to 10 minutes.
  • Poster presentations include both a shorter pre-circulated paper summarizing research to date (no more than 10 typed, doubled-spaced pages using 12-point font, including notes and references).  Presentations at the conference will be limited to no more than 5 minutes and 10 PowerPoint slides.
  • Papers for both panels and for poster presentations will be made available online at the ACH website in advance of the conference and can be accessed only by those who pre-register and pay their registration.
  • To allow time to format and post material, presenters should email or mail papers on CD (as a Microsoft Word file) NO LATER THAN March 15, 2019 to: Gelien Matthews, ACH Conference Coordinator, at achconference@gmail.com

If, after your proposal has been accepted, you find you are unable to attend, please inform the ACH Conference Coordinator as soon as possible in order to allow us to adjust the programme.  All proposals for the 2020 ACH Conference, with translated abstracts and CVs combined into one Microsoft Word file, should be sent by email to:
Gelien Matthews, Conference Coordinator, Association of Caribbean Historians:achconference@gmail.com.

The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2019.  We look forward to your submissions.
PLEASE NOTE: While the ACH tries to include as much good scholarship as possible, the cost of simultaneous translation of all sessions into English, Spanish and French restricts us to one panel at a time.  Because we can accommodate only a limited number of speakers each year, proposals from those who did not present in the immediate year prior will be given priority.

Tara Inniss, Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians: achsecretary@gmail.com.