Guidelines for Proposing Conferences

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?


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The Huntington’s preferred format for these events is as follows:





  • Take place at The Huntington over two days (almost invariably a Friday and Saturday)
  • Include a maximum of twelve speakers
  • Accommodate and provide hospitality (at the Caltech Athenaeum) for the conveners and speakers for three (or four, if traveling from overseas) nights
  • Reimburse the travel expenses of conveners and speakers
  • Encourage the participation of panel chairs/moderators invited from institutions in Southern California
  • Charge a registration fee of $25 (waived for students) for attendees; and make a nominal charge of $16.50 for lunch 
Applications should include:
  • The conference title
  • The contact details (including e-mail addresses) of the conveners
  • A 1000-word rationale for the conference explaining its themes and research questions
  • A list of titles for each session
  • A list of speakers
  • A list of moderators

Submission Guidelines

The next round of applications is for conferences to be held, at the earliest, between September 2016 and May 2017, but most likely during the 2017-18' academic year. Application deadline: March 13, 2015. Decisions made by: April 17, 2015. Prospective conveners should email applications as .doc attachments to Carolyn Powell at, to whom all preliminary enquiries should also be addressed. Applicants must be flexible with respect to the precise date within the academic year that the conference may be held. All applications will receive an acknowledgment of receipt. 



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