Hosted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Current Research in Digital History is an annual one-day conference that publishes online, peer-reviewed proceedings. Its primary aim is to encourage and publish scholarship in digital history that offers discipline-specific arguments and interpretations. A format of short presentations provides an opportunity to make an argument on the basis of ongoing research in a larger project.

Current Research in Digital History 2018 will be held in Founders Hall at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, on Saturday, March 17. Register for CRDH 2018

About the event and proceedings

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The annual conference will feature one plenary session: a roundtable with four leading scholars on the state of digital history. The remainder of the sessions will consist of panels and presentations advancing historical argumentation. One track of three sessions will be devoted to the conference theme. The other three time slots of panels can be on any historical topic or time period. Each session will consist of two 10-minute presentations, with comment from a respondent and the audience. The final time slot will be devoted to sessions proposed on the day by participants at the event, responding to the work that has been presented.

After revisions, presentations will be published in a peer-reviewed online open access journal. This publication offers a means of capturing the short form work presented at conferences and giving it academic standing by peer reviewing it. These conference proceedings will enable scholars to publish early findings from larger projects. Peer review will be provided by the program committee of digital historians as part of the acceptance of submitted papers, and then by the session commentator at the event. Publishing online accommodates the dynamic visualizations and narratives that are an increasingly core element of digital scholarship.

The platform for Current Research in Digital History will offer the following features in order to effectively publish a range of scholarship:

  • publication of visualizations, graphics, and narratives
  • publication of associated data or code in a research compendium
  • external hosting of content if necessary, provided that authors agree to maintain the content
  • DOIs and other metadata for all articles
  • indexing in Google Scholar and other academic databases

Call for papers for CRDH 2018

Current Research in Digital History 2018
March 17, 2018George Mason University, Arlington, VA

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media invites submissions for the first annual Current Research in Digital History conference. Submissions should offer historical arguments and interpretations rather than showcase digital projects. We anticipate that the format of short presentations will provide an opportunity to make arguments on the basis of ongoing research in larger projects. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. Some travel funding is available. Presentations will be peer-reviewed and published in an online publication that accommodates dynamic visualizations and narrative.

Submissions due: September 29, 2017 October 10, 2017. E-mail submissions as a PDF or URL to <>. Questions may be sent to the same address.

Format: Each presentation will be 10 minutes in length. Proposals must include the full text (no more than 2000 words) and accompanying visualizations or websites to be presented. Papers can include multiple authors. Submissions can be either a single presentation or a session of two presentations. Proposals may suggest a commentator but are not obliged to. (Session commentators will receive an honorarium of $100 and have their registration fee waived.)

Theme: The theme for 2018 is the history of slavery. One track of three sessions (a total of 6 presentations) will focus on this topic. Submissions for the remaining six sessions (12 presentations) can explore any topic or time period.

How papers will be selected: The primary criterion by which these presentations and panels will be judged is whether they advance historical argumentation. In other words, while digital methods will be common to all the presentations, we will select presentations that show how those methods have advanced specific interpretations of history. The program committee is charged with creating panels that include people of color, female, queer, and independent scholars, junior scholars, and graduate students.

  • Submissions are due by September 29, 2017 October 10, 2017.
  • Accepted proposals will be returned with reviews provided by the program committee on December 15, 2017.
  • Revised versions of accepted papers will be due to the session commentator by February 17, 2018. Commentators will provide an additional review at the conference on March 17, 2018.
  • A final revised version of the paper for publication will be due on May 25, 2018.

Travel funding: Four $200 stipends are available to support the participation of presenters who have to travel to the event. Please indicate on your submission if you wish to be considered for a stipend.

Important information

10 Oct. 2017
Deadline for submitting full papers for consideration
17 Mar. 2018
CRDH 2018 meeting in Arlington, VA
27 Aug. 2018
First issue of CRDH published

CRDH Description


Program committee


Registration is $40 for faculty or employed scholars and $20 for graduate students or unemployed scholars. Registration is waived for commentators and roundtable participants. Registration →