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 2019 will be held in Founders Hall at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, on Saturday, March 9. 2019 CFP →

Call for papers for CRDH 2019

Current Research in Digital History 2019
March 9, 2019George Mason University, Arlington, VA

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

Submissions due: September 28, 2018. 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.

The conference will feature sessions sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society and the Colored Conventions Project. Special consideration will be given to other papers on Black digital history related to the sponsored sessions.

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.

  • Submissions are due by September 28, 2018.
  • Accepted proposals will be returned with reviews provided by the program committee on December 14, 2018.
  • Revised versions of accepted papers will be due to the session commentator by February 1, 2019. Commentators will provide an additional review at the conference on March 9, 2019.
  • A final revised version of the paper for publication will be due on May 24, 2019.

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.

About the event and proceedings

The annual conference features one plenary session: a roundtable with four leading scholars on the state of digital history. This year's conference features two panels sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society and the Colored Conventions Project. The remainder of the sessions will consist of panels and presentations advancing historical argumentation. 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 offers 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

Important information

28 Sept. 2018
Deadline for submitting full papers for consideration
9 Mar. 2019
CRDH 2019 meeting in Arlington, VA
23 Aug. 2019
Second issue of CRDH published

CRDH 2019 Call for Papers


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.