Call for Papers



Annual Meeting and Symposium at Sea.

May 16-23, 2020 On Board the Carnival Cruise Ship Breeze

THEME:  Florida and The Caribbean: Cultural and Historical Connections

EARLY DEADLINE: January 15, 2020

The Society will hold its annual conference on board the cruise ship Breeze, sailing round trip from Port Canaveral to Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas,U. S. V. I.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos. The conference program includes two keynote speakers, already selected, and additional papers and panels by submission. Session space is limited.  Please submit proposals by JANUARY 15, 2020.   Decisions about inclusion on the program will be made ASAP to ensure participants’ reservations on the Carnival Breeze.   Cost for the cruise conference begins at just $1175.00 per person which includes the cruise, meals, featured tours, symposium registration, taxes, fees, and port charges, if payment is made by January 31, 2020.    See the Society’s website for more information about the cruise, keynote speakers, and reservations:  Take advantage of this unique chance to spend seven days of travel with friends and colleagues who share your love of Florida history! 

This year’s theme is “Florida and The Caribbean: Cultural and Historical Connections,” but papers, panels and roundtable discussions in all areas of Florida history and/or archaeology as well as related scholarship on Florida arts and humanities will be considered.


All topics in Florida history, humanities, arts, literature, and/or archaeology are welcome. A committee of Society members will judge the proposed papers/sessions on their value as scholarship or other useful contributions to Florida studies. Presentations should follow the Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct by the American Historical Association.

INDIVIDUAL PAPER (20 minutes): send a title, 150-word abstract, and one-page vitae.

THEME PANEL: send a title and brief (150 word) theme description, 150-word abstract for each paper, one-page vitae for each panel member, and suggested discussant.

ROUND TABLE FORUMS OR DISCUSSIONS: send a title and brief (150 word) topic description, list of the participants, and moderator/discussant, with vita.

To submit a proposal or for information about submissions, contact Sherry Johnson at


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR AWARDS: The Society also will sponsor its usual awards for 2019. Submissions should be made by December 20, 2019, to ensure they are included in the judging. For types of awards and information about how to submit an entry, please see


FOR PROFESSORS AND STUDENTS!! The Society is initiating a new program to encourage student participation in the annual meeting. We are offering a limited number of graduate student awards to present their scholarship at the annual meeting and symposium. These awards are competitive based upon nominations from the student’s professors or other professionals or academics. Submissions will be judged by a panel of Society members. Up to four awards for registration for the entire cruise and conference (value $1175+) will be given to enrolled students at an accredited university or college. Students will receive recognition in the meeting program as well as a Certificate of Achievement. For information contact Sherry Johnson, Student Outreach Committee Chair a

Questions should be addressed to:

The Florida Historical Society, 435 Brevard Ave., Cocoa FL 32922,

 (321) 690-1971 ext. 205. Or email