The 2020 Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists will be held at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, June 12th to 14th.

Proposals are now being accepted:

The Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists (CQHA) will hold its 23rd biennial conference at Earlham College on June 12-14, 2020.

CQHA is a community that brings together those who study the history of Quakers and Quakerism with practitioners from cultural institutions that make records of the Quaker past available for scholarship. The Conference takes place every two years at locations in North America and abroad, and welcomes both Quaker and non-Quaker participants from diverse backgrounds.

We invite proposals for presentations on any aspect of Quaker history, across all time periods and locations. This year we encourage proposals on the following topics: Challenges of diversity, equity, or inclusion in Quakerism; Quakerism in Indiana and the US Midwest; (Re)assessments of Quakerism and Quaker historiography.

In addition to individual paper presentations (20 minutes), we welcome proposals for panels of complete sessions (2-3 papers), roundtable discussions (60 or 90 minutes), workshops (up to a half day), or other collaborative formats. We also seek participants for a session of lightning talks (5-7 minutes each), a format especially well suited to works-in-progress, summaries of recent publications, or ongoing projects. All presenters are required to register for the conference.

Funding is available from the FHA to attend the 2020 conference, up to $1,000USD. This scholarship funding is available to diverse and underrepresented scholars of Quaker history:

The Friends Historical Association and the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists aim to create diverse, inclusive environments, based in our commitments to scholarly excellence and social justice, as well as a recognition of the foundational Quaker ideal of human equality. FHA and CQHA welcome individuals of all faiths (or lack thereof), race or ethnicity, gender expression and sexual preference, and other facets of background and identity. To better support scholars who are traditionally underrepresented amongst CQHA conference presenters and attendees, FHA is launching a new scholarship program. Applications will be evaluated by an FHA Scholarship Committee on the basis on how the applicant’s identity and background, and/or their research areas, address absences or scarcities in the current landscape of Quaker scholarship. Up to three recipients will receive a stipend of $1,000 each to support conference attendance, as well as a year of membership in the Friends Historical Association. Scholarship recipients who present papers at CQHA will receive encouragement and support from the editor of Quaker History to prepare their paper for publication in that periodical.

To apply, please email by Wednesday, December 11 with a 250-1000 word response to the following prompt:  “The field of Quaker studies is rife with lacunae and blindspots due to a lack of diversity among Quaker scholars. What diversity do you bring to Quaker scholarship? What aspects of Quaker history do you see as understudied and deserving of increased attention?”

This information is available at

The deadline for conference proposals is December 6th, 2019; the deadline for scholarship application is December 11th.



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