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Theme Sessions on the Gulf South in Peace and War

October 13-15, 2016

Mobile, Alabama

The Gulf South History and Humanities Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Gulf South Historical Association, a consortium of Gulf South colleges and universities from the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Years ending in "6" have frequently marked times of transition between peace and war: 1819, 1866, 1916, and 1946 in particular. The 34th Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, hosted by the University of South Alabama, welcomes all researchers and scholars to propose papers on such liminal periods, but all topics, panels, roundtables, performances, and workshops, exploring all aspects of the history, ethnography, archaeology, development, and cultures of the Gulf South and Circum-Caribbean are encouraged. 

The registration fee includes a Thursday evening reception at the Admiral Hotel, all conference sessions, and a free one-year membership in the Association. Tickets for the banquet, annual keynote address, and a courtesy cocktail reception are all included in the additional banquet fee. 

Proposals must be postmarked by the July 15, 2016 submission deadline. To submit an individual paper, send a Word document attachment containing a title, 150 word abstract and one-page vita. To submit for the theme panel, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the theme, 150 word absract for each paper, a one-page vita for each presenter and the suggested chair/discussant. To submit for the roundtable forums or discussions, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the topic and a complete list of the participants and moderator/discussant with one-page vitas.

All submissions should be sent via email to the program chair, Dr. Donald DeVore, at ddvore@southalabama.edu. Please put "2016 Gulf South Paper" in the email subject line. Or, send a hard copy to Dr. Donald DeVore, Department of History, 5991 USA Drive North, Room 334, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688. Expect an email confirmation once your submission has been received.

For hotel reservations, contact The Admiral Hotel at http://group.curiocollection.com/GulfSouthHistoryandHumanitiesConference or 251-432-8000 (844-442-8746 toll-free). Conference room rates are $99.00/night, single or double occupancy. Please book before 12 September 2016 to guarantee the conference rate. 

Posted: March 29, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


National History Day Graduate Courses for Teachers 2016-17

Introduction to Project-Based Learning Through the NHD Curriculum Framework 

Graduate credits offered through the University of San Diego

The following courses require either five years of NHD experience or completion of the Introduction to Project-Based Learning Course:

Developing Websites to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

Conducting Historical Research in the NHD Model

Developing Exhibits to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills 

Writing and Editing for NHD

Developing Documentaries to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills 

Developing Performances to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

For More Information: nhd.org/OnlineEducation

Posted: March 28, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Symposium Announcement: "A New Materialism?" April 1-2 at the University of Michigan

"A New Materialism? Rethinking the History of Global Capitalism at the Nexus of Culture and Political Economy."

April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Michigan
An Eisenberg Institute Forum

This two-day symposium will showcase original essays from leading cultural, intellectual, urban, labor, and literary historians engaged with various forms of global capitalism. The papers stretch across two centuries and several continents: from antebellum shoe factories and disaster relief camps in the Jim Crow South to the strange career of black liberalism and the fashion runways of the 1970s. We begin with a pair of questions. What would it look like to write critical histories of capitalism unencumbered by the reductionist logics of historiographical "turns"? And how might we begin to think across the conceptual zero sums (culture vs. economy, discourse vs. material conditions, semiotics vs. big structures) that have so often circumscribed discussion in this area?

Rather than presenting the "new history of capitalism "as a turn "beyond" or "away from" previous modes of questioning, we seek to bridge and disrupt, combine and complicate.

On April 1st, there will be three panels featuring pre-circulated faculty papers, a formal comment, and intensive discussion building on previously posted online responses.

On April 2nd, there will be two final panels driven by questions and presentations from Ph.D. students and postdocs at five different institutions.

Confirmed panelists:
• Howard Brick (Michigan)
• Elspeth Brown (Toronto)
• Kathleen Brown (Penn)
• Nathan Connolly (NYU)
• Jay Cook (Michigan)
• Konstantin Dierks (Indiana)
• Geoff Eley (Michigan)
• Nan Enstad (Wisconsin)
• Alison Isenberg (Princeton)
• Susan Scott Parrish (Michigan)
• Seth Rockman (Brown)
• Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington)

For additional information and registration instructions, please see the symposium website: http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/newmaterialism/

Posted: March 24, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


John Nolen Research Fund, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University

The John Nolen Research Fund, established through the generosity of the Nolen family, provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2016; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1, 2016. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit https://rare.library.cornell.edu/services/funding/nolen

Posted: March 24, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Fully-funded, full-time, PhD Studentship in History, University of Worcester, UK

Applications are invited for a fully-funded, full-time, PhD studentship at the University of Worcester (UK) in History, aligned with the expertise of one or more of our History researchers. This is one of a number of research projects in competition for one PhD Studentship in History. The project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding.

The USA and World War II: This topic will explore social, political, intellectual and cultural aspects of the United States during World War Two and can address both home and/or war fronts but not military history. Applications considering propaganda (in any medium), psychological warfare, or race and gender are especially encouraged.

Closing date: Monday 6th June 2016

For More Info: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=73902&LID=3056

Posted: March 24, 2016
Tagged: Miscellaneous


Celebrate the Five Year Anniversary of Community Transcription with the Papers of the War Department

Celebrate the five year anniversary of community sourced transcription with the Papers of the War Department 1784-1800 (http://wardepartmentpapers.org). An ongoing innovative documentary editing project, the Papers of the War Department is comprised of 0ver 42,000 digitized manuscript documents made freely accessible on the web by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) (http://chnm.gmu.edu/). In 2011, RRCHNM embarked on the effort to engage the larger community of citizen historians in the process of transcribing these important documents. By transcribing the digitized manuscripts, users contribute to the collection's usability and searchability. March 17, 2016 marks five years since the launch of the community transcription project Papers of the War Department and we are delighted at its success thus far.

After a devastating fire at the United States War Office in 1800, what has been considered the "national archive" of its time was thought lost. The collection was reassembled from scattered fragments found in over 200 diverse repositories before being transferred to the RRCHNM in 2006. These documents are invaluable sources of information on militia and army matters in the Early Republic. The War Department was responsible for frontier diplomacy, Indian affairs, veteran affairs as well as being a considerable commercial goods consumer.

Since inviting members of the community to assist with the transcription effort in 2011, the Papers of the War Department has amassed 2,538 registered users. These users come from varying backgrounds including genealogists, public historians, students and educators from all levels of educational institutions, and members of Native American tribes. With the help from these community transcribers, the Papers of the War Department now has over 1,500 documents transcribed, totaling 6,279 pages. Without the hard work and dedication of our community transcribers, the Papers of the War Department would not have been as successful. We are ecstatic with the contributions the project has received over these first five years and look forward to seeing its continued growth.

The Papers of the War Department was made possible through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Since 1994, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past. The Center itself is a democratic, collaborative space where over fifty scholars, technologists, and researchers work together to advance the state of the art. RRCHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Each year RRCHNM's many project websites receive over 20 million visitors, and over a million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research. Their work has been recognized with major awards and grants from the American Historical Association, National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council on Public History, U.S. Department of Education, Library of Congress, Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon, Sloan, Hewlett, Rockefeller, Gould, Delmas, and Kellogg foundations.

Posted: March 24, 2016
Tagged: Miscellaneous


The Southern Quarterly

General issue. Submission deadline: September 30, 2016. The Southern Quarterly invites submissions on all topics related to Southern studies, particularly modern and contemporary Southern poetry by women, Southern architecture, the novels and films of John Grisham, and representations of the South in cyberspace. Send manuscripts as an email attachment in Word format to: SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com. Submission guidelines and the full call for papers can be found on our website: www.usm.edu/soq. The Southern Quarterly is an internationally-known scholarly journal devoted to the interdisciplinary study of Southern arts and culture, including the Caribbean and Latin America.

Posted: March 11, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

OAH member Patrick B. Miller has recently been named the 2016-2017 Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki, where he will guide courses in the Program for North American Studies/Department of World Cultures.

Posted: March 8, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Evers Research Scholars Program

A new program at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will facilitate increased use of the department's holdings and the publication of original research findings. The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program, a collaboration between MDAH and the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, encourages work in the history of civil and human rights at the state archives in Jackson.

A stipend of $4,000 will be awarded to the Evers Scholar. The funds may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses, including costs of research.
"The intent is to allow young university faculty and upper-level graduate students to settle in and complete a substantial project," said Archives and Records Services director Julia Marks Young. "You really need several weeks to take full advantage of the world-class civil rights holdings of MDAH "

Candidates will submit a CV along with a detailed project description, sample of their work, breakdown of proposed expenses, and references. Applications must be received by March 25, 2016.
For more information, contact Brittany Henderson (601.576.6850).

For more information: http://mdah.state.ms.us/new

Posted: March 8, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition Summer Graduate Internship

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks one graduate intern to work closely with editors and other staff of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K).

Through this competitive internship opportunity, a successful candidate will be responsible for researching and writing short annotation entries on named persons, places, organizations, and geographical features. This work will be completed and submitted on a weekly basis to the Project Director and Intern Supervisor for evaluation, with all annotations submitted on July 29, 2016, for final review. All research for the entries must be based in primary or secondary sources, and the intern is expected to keep a research file with notes and digital images of documents related to each entry. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn, acquire and exercise additional skills associated with documentary editing including document identification, metadata control, transcription, and XML encoding.

The overall goal of the internship is to provide a high-quality, supervised professional practicum that introduces the intern to the field of documentary editing in order to enhance their education and future employability. This internship will be filled by an American history graduate student in at least the second year of a M.A. program.

To apply, submit a narrative statement—focused on the questions below—of professional ability in the form of a cover letter, a CV, and two letters of recommendation to khs.hr@ky.gov. (No phone calls please.)

Research Experience: Describe your familiarity with research in 19th century U.S. history. Describe some projects you have undertaken. What sources have you used? Have you been published? Have you interpreted historical research in forms other than a scholarly peer-reviewed publication? How does the proposed research project differ from those you have undertaken in the past? Describe your familiarity with the strengths and weaknesses of online research databases such as Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, ProQuest, and Google Books.

Project Experience: Describe any work you have done in the editing of historical documents. Discuss how a project such as CWG-K maintains balance between thorough research and production schedules. Have you worked on other collaborative projects in the field of history or otherwise? Describe your ability to meet deadlines and regulate workflow. Describe your understanding of and/or experience with the "Digital Humanities." From what you understand of the CWG-K project, how does it fit with current trends in the field? What do you hope to gain from working on the CWG-K project?

This paid internship will consist of 250 hours over the course of 10 weeks—starting on June 1, 2016.

This is a temporary position—with a $2,500 stipend—based in Frankfort, Ky. Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

Application deadline is March 31, 2016. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. We educate and engage the public through Kentucky's history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

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Posted: February 29, 2016
Tagged: Internships


U.S. History Scene

U.S. History Scene, a multimedia history education project founded by Harvard historians, is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate applicants for its Summer 2016 Historical Writing and Research Internship Program. Interns will gain valuable writing and publishing skills through the process of writing, submitting, and editing original multimedia research articles, book reviews, and classroom lesson plans.

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Posted: February 26, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Federal Funding for History Holds Steady

On December 18, 2015, Congress approved a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2016. The vote in the House was 316–113; in the Senate, it was 65–33. President Obama signed the bill into law (PL 114-113) the same day.

Across the board, our programs generally were either level-funded or received small increases this fiscal year compared to last. 

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Posted: February 26, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Profession


NEH Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Librarians

Immerse yourself in the world of the Shakers by participating in the NEH L andmarks Workshop "Religious Revivals, Utopian Societies and the Shaker Experience in America." This one-week residential workshop in Upstate New York examines the history, contributions and legacies of the Shaker movement in America in hands-on and minds-on ways. Workshop participants will tour Watervliet Shaker National Historic District (the original Shaker site in America), Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and Hancock Shaker Village. We will research historic Shaker documents at the New York State Library and study Shaker objects (furniture, clothing and art) at the New York State Museum. We will also read and discuss scholarly works about Shaker history, religion, culture and art with leading scholars including Robert Emlen of Brown University and Carol Medlicott, author of Issachar Bates: A Shaker's Journey.

Most important, participating teachers and librarians will share with one and other their own ideas about how to utilize Shaker history and site based learning to teach American history, literature, culture, religion and art to contemporary students.

Details about the workshop including eligibility requirements and the $1200 stipend are available at www.siena.edu/shakerworkshop. Applications are due March 1, 2016. Please contact us with questions at shakerworkshop@siena.edu.

Posted: February 23, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships

Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the MHS collections sometime between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Approximately twenty awards will be made. Short-term fellowships are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent.

Manuscripts form the heart of the collections at the MHS. The Society houses more than 12 million pieces in 3,600 separate collections of personal papers and institutional records. The Society's collections also include several hundred thousand books, more than 10,000 broadsides, 30,000 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets, 2,500 maps, 120,000 photographs, and 660 works of art.

Apply online at https://www.masshist.org/research/fellowships/short-term Questions? Email fellowships@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568.

Posted: February 19, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


American Journalism Historians Association 2016 Call For Papers

The American Journalism Historians Association invites paper entries, panel proposals, and abstracts of research in progress on any facet of media history for its 34th annual convention to be held October 6-8, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Florida. More information on the 2016 AJHA convention is available at ajhaonline.org.

The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2016.

The AJHA views journalism history broadly, embracing print, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, and other forms of mass communication that have been inextricably intertwined with the human past. Because the AJHA requires presentation of original material, research papers and panels submitted to the convention should not have been submitted to or accepted by another convention or publication.

RESEARCH PAPERS

Authors may submit only one research paper. They also may submit one Research in Progress abstract but only on a significantly different topic. Research entries must be no longer than 25 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, not including notes. The Chicago Manual of Style is recommended but not required.

Papers must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments. Please send the following:
• An email with the attached paper, saved with author identification only in the file name and not in the paper.
• A separate 150-word abstract as a Word attachment (no PDFs) with no author identification.
• Author's info (email address, telephone number, institutional affiliation, and student or faculty status) in the text of the email.

Send papers to ajhapapers@gmail.com.

Authors of accepted papers must register for the convention and attend in order to present their research.

Accepted papers are eligible for several awards, including the following:
David Sloan Award for the outstanding faculty research paper ($250 prize).
Robert Lance Award for outstanding student research paper ($100 prize).
Jean Palmegiano Award for outstanding international/transnational journalism history research paper ($150 prize)
J. William Snorgrass Award for outstanding minority-journalism research paper.
Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding women's-history research paper.
Wally Eberhard Award for outstanding research in media and war.

Research Chair Michael Fuhlhage (michael.fuhlhage@wayne.edu) of Wayne State University is coordinating paper submissions. Authors will be notified in mid-July whether their papers have been accepted.

PANELS

Preference will be given to proposals that involve the audience and panelists in meaningful discussion or debate on original topics relevant to journalism history. Entries must be no longer than three pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with one-inch margins. Panel participants must register for and attend the convention.

Panel proposals must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments. Please include the following:
• A title and brief description of the topic.
• The moderator and participants' info (name, institutional affiliation, student or faculty status).
• A brief summary of each participant's presentation.

Send proposals to ajhapanels@gmail.com.

No individual may be on more than one panel. Panel organizers must make sure panelists have not agreed to serve on multiple panels. Panel organizers also must secure commitment from panelists to participate before submitting the proposal. Moderators are discussion facilitators and may not serve as panelists. Failure to adhere to the guidelines will lead to rejection of the proposal.

Panelists may submit a research paper and/or research in progress abstract.

Tracy Lucht (tlucht@iastate.edu) of Iowa State University is coordinating the 2016 panel competition.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

The Research in Progress category is for work that will NOT be completed before the conference. Participants will give an overview of their research purpose and progress, not a paper presentation, as the category's purpose is to allow for discussion and feedback on work in progress. RIP authors may also submit a research paper on a significantly different topic.

For research in progress submissions, send a blind abstract of your study. Include the proposal title in the abstract. The abstract should include a clear purpose statement as well as a brief description of your primary sources. Abstracts must be no longer than two pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with 1-inch margins, excluding notes.

Primary sources should be described in detail in another double-spaced page.

Entries that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected.

The AJHA Research in Progress competition is administered electronically.
• Proposals must be submitted as PDF or Word attachments, saved with author identification ONLY in the file names and NOT in the text of the proposal.
• Each proposal must be submitted as an attachment, with author's info (name, project title, telephone number, email address, institutional affiliation, and student or faculty status) in the text of the email.

Send research in progress proposals to ajharip@gmail.com.

Authors whose work is accepted must register for and attend the convention.

Melita Garza (melita.garza@tcu.edu) of Texas Christian University is coordinating the 2016 Research in Progress competition.

Posted: February 19, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics 2016 Research Funding

These funding programs award grants to scholars engaged in projects studying Congress, politics, or policy issues. The Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics houses Senator Bob Dole's extensive collections which include his 36-year career in the House and Senate. While in residence, scholars will use these collections, which provide extensive documentation on a wide range of legislative, historical, and policy issues.

Research Fellowship
The 2016 Research Fellowship is a $2,500 award and the fellow will be required to conduct research at the Dole Archives for a period of 1-3 weeks between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. The deadline to apply is March 21, 2016.

Travel Grants
This program is intended to defray costs associated with research-related travel to the Dole Institute and offers reimbursements of up to $750. Awards may be used after July 1, 2016. There is no deadline to apply and applications will be considered until funds are exhausted.

For more information on how to apply, please see http://dolearchives.ku.edu/grants.

Posted: February 19, 2016
Tagged: Grants


Urge the House to Fund K-12 History and Civics Education

In December, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The "Every Student Succeeds Act" restored funding for K-12 history and civics education that was eliminated five years ago. Unfortunately, when the President's budget request was released on February 9 it did not include appropriations for the major new program source of funding for history and civics.

Left unfunded was a competitive grant program for non-profit organizations to develop and disseminate innovative approaches to provide high quality instruction in American history and civics for under-served students.

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Posted: February 18, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


Urban History Association Conference Graduate Student Poster Session

The Urban History Association (UHA) invites graduate students to submit proposals to the inaugural poster session at the Eighth Biennial Urban History Association Conference.

Submissions are due April 1st to hgsa@luc.edu.

Posted: February 18, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


The German Historical Institute Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The German Historical Institute Washington, DC awards short-term fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars in the fields of German history, the history of German-American relations, and the history of the role of Germany and the USA in international relations. These fellowships are also available to European doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars in the field of American history. The fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to five months. The research projects must draw upon primary sources located in the United States. The next deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.

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Posted: February 18, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World

University of Montpellier, France
1-2 December, 2016

Keynote Speakers
Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University)
Christine Chivallon (Research Director, CNRS)

The Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World conference sets out to interrogate how descendants reconstruct the history of their ancestors when transatlantic slavery is one of the variables of the memorial process. The conference also aims at examining the extent to which, by a process of collectivization of personal or family memories and (hi)stories, social actors of the present not only partake in generating and consolidating group identities but also how they foster « the emergence of the memory of slavery in public space. »[8] In addition to assessing the cultural and symbolic redistribution which are enabled by the commemoration, the museification and the patrimonialization of the memory of slavery, this conference aims at probing the constraints which determine the inscription of this memory in the public sphere and the extent to which social demand, especially in the context of the obligation of remembrance, influences the production of historical know ledge and sometimes leads to conflicts of memory.

The themes this conference endeavors to explore include, but are not limited to:
– the history and memory of slavery;
– the memorialization of slavery;
– the canonization of the memory of slavery;
– representation(s) of slavery;
– the commemoration, the museification and the patrimonialization of the memory of slavery;
– places and conditions of the production of knowledge on slavery and its circulation;
– the legacy/cies of slavery and the (re)construction of (collective) identity;
– slavery and genealogy;
– sources and archives on slavery.

Submission guidelines
The languages of the conference are English and French. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words in English or French (for papers or panels) and a brief CV mentioning your institutional affiliation to traces2016@gmail.com by February 29, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 31, 2016. We welcome papers that cover any region of the Atlantic World as well as proposals for round table discussions.

Conference Organizers:
Lawrence Aje (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier – EMMA)
Nicolas Gachon (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier – EMMA)

Posted: February 12, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers