SSHA 2014 Call for Papers

Macrohistorical Dynamics Network
39th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association Toronto, Ontario 6-9 November 2014 Submission Deadline: 14 February 2014
“Inequalities: Politics, Policy, and the Past”

We invite you to take part in Macrohistorical Dynamics (MHD) panels of the 39th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, November 6-9, 2014 in Toronto.  For more information on the meeting as well as the call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website at

The deadline for paper and/or panel submissions is February 14, 2014.

The members of the Social Science History Association share a common interest in interdisciplinary and systematic approaches to historical research, and many of us find the SSHA one of the most stimulating conferences that we attend.

The theme of the 2014 annual meeting is “Inequalities: Politics, Policy, and the Past”.

Macrohistorical Dynamics (MHD) is an interdisciplinary social science research field that focuses on problems of large-scale, comparative historical inquiry.  Contributors to the field have brought perspective on a wide variety of problem areas, including macro-historical sociology; comparative histories; Eurasian history; world history; world-system analysis; philosophy of history; and studies of long-term socio-ecological, technological, demographic, cultural, and political transformations.  The Macrohistorical Dynamics network brings a rigorous perspective to bear on questions having to do with “large” history.

Possible topics that illustrate some of the general themes of Macrohistorical Dynamics include …

  • Comparative Methods in Macrohistory
  • Large-scale historical causes: climate, population, geography
  • Cultural and National Identities in Large-scale Historical Change
  • Theory in Macro-history: Are There Successful Macrosociological Theories?
  • Macro-, Mess-, Micro- in Historical Explanations
  • Empires and Peoples
  • Globalization and World Cities
  • Social Evolution and Systemic Transformations in World History

The list of MHD panel themes for 2014 is open, and we encourage you to submit proposals for paper topics or panel themes.

The MHD network expects to be able to host at least six panels in 2014 and will also be able to place additional papers through co-sponsorship with other networks (for example, with History/Methods, Politics, Culture, State-Society, Historical Geography, etc.).

SSHA requests that submissions be made by means of its web conference management system. Paper title, brief abstract, and contact information should be submitted on the site, where the general SSHA 2014 call for papers is also available.  (If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process.)  Here is the direct link for submissions:

The online system is now accepting submissions. If you have any questions, please contact either of the MHD co-chairs (Peter Perdue, James Lee, Dan Little).

NOTE: There is an SSHA rule concerning book sessions.  For a book session to proceed, the author (or at least one of multiple authors) MUST be present.  Proposals for book sessions should only be submitted if there is high confidence that the author will be able to travel to Toronto November 6-9, 2014.

SSHA has set up a mechanism for networks to share papers, so even if you have a solo paper, send the idea along.  Co-sponsored panels and papers are encouraged by the SSHA Program Committee as a means of broadening the visibility of the various networks.

Please feel free to contact the MHD network organizers for further information.

Prof. Daniel Little, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Prof. Peter Perdue, Department of History, Yale University
Prof. James Lee, School of Humanities and Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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