Biennial Convention 2018 – Call for Papers

Phi Alpha Theta 2018 Biennial Convention New Orleans

InterContinental Hotel, January 3-6, 2018


We are excited to announce that our 2018 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention will be held in New Orleans from January 3 to 6 at the InterContinental Hotel on St. Charles Street.   The timing is perfect as 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of this fascinating and historic city.  There will be lots to do and see throughout the days of our conference, in addition to our program of events.

The InterContinental Hotel, a luxury hotel, coveted for its location and Four-Diamond status is situated in the heart of the Business District.  It is ideally located just two blocks from the historic French Quarter and six blocks from the banks of the Mississippi River.   The French Quarter is a short five-minute walk away.  We have negotiated a very reasonable room rate of $145 per night for both single and double rooms ($30 for each additional person, per room, per night not including sales tax).   To book a hotel reservation click here.  Hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi, fitness center, roof-top pool and direct access to the St. Charles Streetcar, the oldest continually running streetcar line in the world.   Take a trolley ride past magnificent Victorian mansions and oak trees that line the streets of St. Charles Avenue. Make stops throughout the Garden District, New Orleans’ oldest American neighborhood, famous for its Antebellum (or pre Civil-War) mansions.  

What better a location for a history conference, than a city that is replete with history?  Situated on a bend of the Mississippi River 100 miles from its mouth, New Orleans has been the chief city of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico’s busiest northern port since the early 1700s.   Founded by the French, ruled for 40 years by the Spanish and bought by the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, New Orleans is known for its distinct Creole culture and vibrant history.  Significant battles of the War of 1812 and the Civil War were fought over the city.   New Orleans is also home to the National World War II Museum, located within walking distance of our conference hotel.  The museum is ranked as the #1 attraction in New Orleans by TripAdvisor, named by USA Today as the #1 Best Place to Learn U.S. Military History.  The National WWII Museum features a rich collection of artifacts that bring history to life.  The museum invites visitors to discover the most impactful event of the 20th century and the legacy of the greatest generation in thought-provoking exhibits, and explore the American experience in the war that changed the world.

New Orleans is not just “steeped in history,” it is “sautéed in it!”   From seafood to soul food, from Creole to Cajun, the cuisine of New Orleans is world-renowned.  Our convention program will include several meals reflecting the diverse and mouth-watering cuisine of Nawlin’s and there will be ample opportunity to venture out and explore the many restaurants and pubs the city has to offer.  Our registration form showing the various ticketed events can be found here.

In addition to history and food, New Orleans is known for jazz.  Stroll along the world famous Bourbon Street to find a mesmerizing array of jazz clubs.  With performances nightly, Preservation Hall is a monument to the preservation and performance of Dixieland jazz. Or go where the locals go and experience Frenchman Street, filled with an array of Jazz Clubs and restaurants.

Our program will begin with a half day of panel sessions on Wednesday, the first day, followed by three full days of presentations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  The conference program will also include a number of How-To Panels on a variety of topics of interest to students.  We are now accepting student paper submissions, faculty paper submissions, panel chair volunteers, round table submissions and pre-determined panels.  The Call for Papers deadline is November 15, 2017.  Faculty advisors should keep in mind a student must be a member in order to present at the Biennial. 

We look forward to seeing you in Nawlins!