The SSHA conference meets annually, usually in November. The location changes according to the following logic: once every three years in Chicago, once every three years somewhere on the ‘East Coast’ and once every three years somewhere else. Since 2010, the Association has extended its reach to include Canadian cities as possible locations. The conference involves over a thousand scholars from around the world, although graduate students and faculty from the leading American universities predominate.


Our 2024 conference will be held in Toronto, ON, Canada from October 31 - November 3, 2024. This year’s theme is “Trust and Distrust of Historical Sources in the Digital Age.” For a description of the theme and the Call for Papers, please visit: https://ssha.org/files/2024_SSHA_CFP.pdf

SSHA Call for Papers


SSHA requires that all session participants register for the annual meeting and be (or become) members of the SSHA. If your membership is not current, you will not be able to register for the conference as a member. Please sign up for membership, or renew your membership prior to filling out the conference registration form.

Registration fees include admittance to all paper sessions, as well as Thursday and Saturday receptions. All session participants must register for the conference and be (or become) a member of SSHA.

           2023 Conference Registration Pricing (member rate)

Early BirdRegularLate
(Before July 1)(Before Oct. 1)(Oct. 1 – after)
Faculty line:$300$330$350

              Non-Session Participant (non-member rate)

Early BirdRegularLate
(Before July 1)(Before Oct. 1)(Oct. 1 – after)
Faculty line (all):$400$425$475

Visa Information

For additional information regarding travel visa’s please visit the U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs link to attain the correct visa for your visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html. Wait times vary by point of origin. Please plan accordingly.

Visa Letters

If you require a confirmation letter for your visa application, please send proof of paid registration, your name as it appears on your passport, and your current address to: iuconfs@iu.edu

Please DO NOT send birthdate or passport numbers.

Please Note: If your membership is not current, you will not be able to register for the conference as a member.  Please sign up for membership, or renew your membership prior to filling out the conference registration form. Membership information is below.


SSHA Membership is on a rolling basis—good for 12 months from the date of your joining/renewal—and includes a subscription to the Social Science History journal. If you have not yet signed up or renewed your membership, please do so before registering for the conference, in order to receive the discounted member registration fee.

Senior Scholars: $90
Early Mid-Career: $60
Students: $30

To sign up for an SSHA membership, please visit the SSHA membership registration website.

For questions about registration please contact:

Melissa Kocias
812.855.4224 * 800.933.9330


Cancellation requests must be received in writing to the Conference Registrar at iuconfs@indiana.edu no later than [TBA], to be eligible for a refund (less a $50 cancellation fee). No refunds will be issued after that date.

Hotel Information & Reservations

SSHA recognizes that you have a number of options when securing hotel accommodations for the annual meeting. It is important to keep in mind that SSHA has made a major commitment to the conference hotel in order to secure a large block of quality hotel rooms at competitive prices in a convenient location. SSHA is legally bound to fill these rooms. Not doing so has severe financial implications for SSHA, both in the current year and in years to come, and will almost certainly raise your costs of attending future annual meetings.

Awards and Grants

The Association promotes high quality scholarship through its awards program, which recognizes the best work by a younger scholar and the best work by any scholar in our many fields. We also facilitate the participation of graduate students through a travel grant. Please note that students applying for these funds need to fill out the appropriate form and submit it along with their proposed to the network representatives. They will be informed of the result of that competition at the same time as they hear whether or not their paper has been accepted.

Richard Sutch Student Travel Awards

The Richard Sutch Student Travel Awards application will be available for the 2024 SSHA annual conference in June of 2024.


  • Toronto, Canada, October 31 - November 3, 2024
  • Chicago, USA, 2025

Past Conference Programs» https://ssha.org/programs/


SSHA Town Hall, Monday March 25

The SSHA officers invite SSHA members to attend a Zoom town hall on Monday March 25 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm EST to discuss and answer questions about the four Executive Committee motions passed on December 20, 2023, and February 8, 2024. The zoom link is here (Meeting ID: 895 1708 6578 | Password: 602250).

These motions concern our association journal, Social Science History, specifically editorial procedure guidelines, journal scope and the editor model. These motions have been posted on the SSHA website.

2024 Annual Conference Submissions Now Open

SSHA is now accepting paper and session submissions for the 2024 Annual Conference. Please visit our submission portal ssha2024.ssha.org to submit a paper or session proposal by March 22, 2024.

Submission Portal

SSHA Call for Papers

50th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Toronto, ON, Canada, October 31 - November 3, 2024.

Trust and Distrust of Historical Sources in the Digital Age

SSHA Call for Papers PDF

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