Guidelines for Proposing Conferences


Conference attendees

The Research Department of The Huntington typically hosts six two-day academic conferences every year, and the Director of Research welcomes the submission of proposals from scholars, based either in the United States or elsewhere, who are interested in convening conferences which either reflect or build upon the strength of the collections held in the institution. The conferences are funded and hosted by The Huntington, but are the responsibility of the conveners to develop and explain the intellectual rationale of the gathering: in particular, why is the time right for a conference on this theme?; and why is The Huntington the appropriate venue to hold it?


Upcoming Conferences

Conference Format

  • Take place at The Huntington over two days (almost invariably a Friday and Saturday)
  • Include a maximum of twelve speakers, only four of whom can be invited from overseas
  • Accommodate and provide hospitality (at the Caltech Athenaeum) for the conveners and speakers for three nights (or four, if traveling from overseas)
  • Reimburse the travel expenses of conveners and speakers (but do not pay honorarium)
  • Charge a registration fee of $25 for attendees (waived for students); and add a nominal charge of $20 for lunch


Rothenberg Hall

Applications should include:

  • Conference title
  • Convener contact details (including email addresses)
  • 1000-word rationale for the conference explaining its themes and research questions
  • List of titles for each session
  • List of speakers


Submission Guidelines - UPDATE

Due to the number of high quality proposals we have received, the Research Department’s conference schedule is now fully booked through 2019-20. We will not be accepting proposals until the spring of 2019. Please check this space in the summer of 2018 for the submission deadline.

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