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Call for Hosting Bids

DHI 2027 Conference

Deaf History International

Deaf History International (DHI) is an international organization dedicated to the study of deaf peoples’ histories worldwide. Founded in 1991, Deaf History International marks its 30th anniversary in 2021. DHI members enjoy access to networks within the field of Deaf history, camaraderie with those who enjoy the study of Deaf history, periodical DHI newsletters, and enjoy a discounted registration rate at official DHI conferences that are held every three years. To date, there have been 10 DHI conferences with the 11th conference to take place in Slovenia and Croatia (2022) and the 12th scheduled for Belgium and Netherlands (2024). DHI invites bids to host the 13th DHI conference in 2027.


The DHI Bureau does not contribute to conference expenses, and is unable to underwrite them.


Please review the DHI Conference guidelines prior to submitting a hosting bid for 2027.

Bids -- 2027 DHI Conference

A bid packet is submitted to the DHI Bureau in advance of the DHI Bureau meeting. Bid packets include the following proposed information and must adhere to the DHI Conference guidelines:

  • Conference theme and program (including DHI General Assembly)

  • Venue location(s)

  • Conference budget

  • Transportation options

  • Lodging options

  • Call for Papers description

  • Plan for conference accessibility, including DeafBlind and mobility access, interpreting and captioning as appropriate

  • Plan for pre and post-conference activities

  • Plan for communicating conference information and processing conference registration (website with signed videos, online payment mechanisms)

  • List of proposed local organizing conference committee members

  • Plan for producing conference proceedings (video and/or print)



  • Call for bids -- open immediately

  • Bids due February 1, 2022 (deadline extended)

  • Presentation of bids at DHI General Assembly meeting, August 2022

  • DHI Bureau selects & announces the 2027 Conference host


Winning host responsibilities and notes:

  • Conference chair(s) to regularly communicate with DHI Bureau

  • Conference hosts to submit annual conference planning progress reports to DHI

  • Follow the DHI Conference Guidelines

  • The DHI Bureau reserves the right to withdraw hosting rights if conference hosting preparations are not made well in advance after hosting rights are awarded.


Please submit your bid as a PDF document and send to:

Jordan Eickman, DHI Secretary/Treasurer at:


Should you have questions about DHI in general, bid process, or expectations of the host/conference organizers, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brian Greenwald,  DHI President, at or Jordan Eickman at

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