The SSHA hosts an annual conference, which is dynamic, interdisciplinary, and very much open to new as well as returning participants from either the U.S. or abroad.
This year, 2009, the conference will be held in Long Beach, California, from 12-15 November. The deadline for proposals is March 1. Participants typically propose either complete panels or individual papers to the SSHA's Network Representatives. The electronic submissions site is available here.
The theme for this year's conference is "Agency & Action," and proposals for panels or individual papers may choose to foreground that theme. But SSHA is always open to the full variety of work in social science history and historical social science.
If you have any questions about where your paper might best fit, the SSHA's Network Representatives and Program Chairs can answer them.
The 2009 conference takes place on the historic Queen Mary, now permanently anchored -- in cement! -- in Long Beach. That may take some of the romance out of the venue, but it also removes any possibility of seasickness. And you have easy access to area restaurants and other attractions.
Hope to see you there!