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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
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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
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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
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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
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CFP Seminars at the Massachusetts Historical Society

Seminar Series Invite Proposals for 2016-2017

The Massachusetts Historical Society invites proposals for 2016-2017 for four of the five seminar series we host each year: the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, the Boston Immigration and Urban History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women and Gender (in collaboration with the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe). Each series focuses on the discussion of a pre-circulated research paper. The essayist and an assigned commentator offer remarks, then the discussion is opened to the floor. To view the current series, please visit http://www.masshist.org/research/seminars

If you wish to be considered for a slot, please send your CV and a one-page précis of your paper by March 15 to Conrad E. Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, or to cwright@masshist.org. Please indicate the series for which you are submitting your proposal and state when your paper will be available for distribution.

Posted: February 1, 2016
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Beatles Symposium

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Delta State University are now accepting proposals for papers for the Beatles Symposium.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Delta State University will be presenting the GRAMMY Beatles 2016: From Cavern to Candlestick symposium April 1 – 2, 2016 to celebrate The Beatles and the Ladies and Gentleman...The Beatles! exhibit which will be on view at the new Museum March 5 – June 12, 2016. Headlining the weekend's activities will be two distinguished Beatles authors: Ivor Davis and Jude Southerland Kessler.

Beatles-related topics of general interest to scholars and enthusiasts are welcome. Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged.

Papers will be twenty minutes in length, with an additional ten minutes for discussion, and should address a general audience. Independent scholars and Beatles enthusiasts are welcome to submit proposals.

Proposals must be submitted online at http://grammymuseumms.org by Friday, January 29, 2016. Please include a description of the presentation, audio/visual equipment needs, and biographical information for all presenters. Please note that not all A/V requests will be granted. Presenters agree to appear at the conference at their own expense, which will include a $30 registration fee.

Papers are particularly invited from young and developing scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty).

For more information about the symposium, please contact Jane-Marie Dawkins: info@grammymuseumms.org.
For more information about papers, please contact Dr. Shelley Collins: scollins@deltastate.edu.

Posted: January 11, 2016
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The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife: New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (founded 1976) is pleased to announce the subject of its forty-first conference, New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture, to be held in Deerfield June 24-26, 2016.

The Seminar is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, and workshops on the maritime history of New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada from the seventeenth through the early twentieth century. The topic explores how the region remembered its maritime past. 

New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture will consist of approximately seventeen lectures of twenty minutes each, with related tours and workshops. Professional development points will be available for public school teachers. Selected papers will appear as the 2016 Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar to be published about eighteen months after the conference. 

For More Information:

Posted: December 16, 2015
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Special Double Issue Call for Papers: Health in the South

The Southern Quarterly solicits carefully documented essays on the history of disease, medical care, and medical institutions in the antebellum and post-bellum South; health care and race; the contributions of prominent 19th- and early to mid-20th-century health care practitioners in the South; health care and the Civil War; the rise of public health agencies in the South; health care and the environment; health care and 19th- and 20th-Century Southern literature—representation of nurses, doctors, and disease in plays, poems, and fiction; health care and the visual arts; health care and popular Southern culture and media.
Essays ranging from 20-30 pages (double-spaced) must be received before March 15, 2016 to be considered for this special issue. Proposals for submission, or questions about your submission, should be sent to the editor at Philip.Kolin@usm.edu.
SoQ does not consider multiple submissions or work that has been approved elsewhere. Please follow the SoQ guidelines, which are available online at: http://sites.usm.edu/southern-quarterly-literary-magazine/guidelines.htm

Email submissions of MSWord documents to SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com are preferred over postal delivery.

For More Information: http://sites.usm.edu/southern-quarterly-literary-magazine/

Posted: December 14, 2015
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The Society of American Archivists Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct Call for Submissions

With the adoption of the SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics (Approved by the SAA Council May 2011) and Code of Ethics for Archivists (Approved by the SAA Council February 2005; revised January 2012) there has come a need to provide examples to promote their understanding and utilization in both educational and real environments. The Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC) is seeking submissions for its Case Studies in Archival Ethics series that explore the multitude of issues addressed in the Code of Values Statement and Code of Ethics. Please consider submitting a case study covering one or more of the codes' areas. We particularly encourage submissions from emerging professionals and authors.

You will find the submission form at: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/committee-on-ethics-and-professional-conduct/call-for-case-studies-in-archival-ethics

Published case studies can be found here.

General questions may be directed to Robert B. Riter, Senior Co-chair, at: rbriter@slis.ua.edu

Posted: December 7, 2015
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U.S. Catholic Historian issue on "Kinship"

For more than thirty years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism. An upcoming issue will address the theme of "Kinship." Contributions could include, but are not limited to, studies of the following:

· Relationships by blood or marriage, including sibling combinations, parents and children, spouses, etc. (examples include the Kenrick, Healy, Purcell, and Spalding families)

· Connections within and between members of religious orders/communities

· Friendship, mentorship, and social relationships

· Geographic/ethnic connections among families and individuals

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at DEndres@Athenaeum.edu before preparing a contribution. Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words. We ask for submissions by November 1, 2016 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.

Posted: December 2, 2015
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Special Issue of Finance and Society: The Ethics of Debt

The social dimensions of debt have long engaged a wide range of scholars from across various disciplines and fields. Debt, of course, has a long history. From the biblical injunction to forgive debts in the seventh year to recent calls for student loan forgiveness, the problem of debt offers countless examples of how it has inspired calls for change. At the same time, it remains as timely as ever with global financial crises threatening the survival of entire nations as well as individuals.

In other cultural and historical settings, recognition of indebtedness to others has been a key building block of social life. Recent works such as David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011), Kenneth Dyson's States, Debt, and Power (2014), and Miranda Joseph's Debt to Society (2014) analyze, from various per­­spectives, the social dimensions of debt and finance. Building on their contributions to the study of the enduring topic of debt, this special issue of Finance and Society seeks bold, post-disciplinary scholarship exploring how financial practices emerge from and shape the social and ethical dimensions of debt today.

For more information: http://financeandsociety.org/cfp-ethics-of-debt/

Posted: December 1, 2015
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Call for Chapters: Gender and Archaeology in Popular Culture

Beyond Indy and Lara: Gender and Archaeology in Popular Culture

Call for Chapters in an Edited Book: Whether portrayed as academic professionals, daring treasure hunters, alien-hunters, time travelers, or bumbling fools who awaken paranormal forces, archaeologists and archaeologically-themed characters loom large in the popular imagination as figures of romance and adventure. Yet outside the realm of film studies, relatively little critical attention has been concentrated upon the gendering of archaeology in 20th century pop culture. This interdisciplinary collection of essays will explore the intersection of archaeology with gender(s), gender identity, and other related topics (which might include feminism, queer theory, women's studies, among others). We are interested in portrayals from a range of media and genres: games, television, graphic novels and traditional novels, art, films, design, and more.
We encourage submissions from all disciplines. Topics of possible interest include:
• Varieties of masculinity and femininity: archaeologists as muscular heroes or trickster rogues, as tomboys, femmes fatale, or damsels in distress
• Gendered dichotomies in the portrayals of scholars vs dabblers in any media (Indy and Marion, Evvie and Jonathon)
• The way media shapes the portrayal of archaeology and gender (adventure games vs. adventure film)
• Feminist archaeological theories of matriarchy, as found in The Mists of Avalon and other works
• Historical fiction and its portrayals of early women in archaeology, such as Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody
• Gendered effects of major archaeological discoveries on popular culture (Tutmania in men's and women's fashion)
• Gender-related themes as portrayed in popular works of nonfiction archaeology (television documentaries)
• Androgyny and/or asexuality in archaeologically-themed characters (Ra in Stargate)
To this end, we call for interested academics to submit a 500-word abstract to us by March 15, 2016. Please include a brief bio and a full CV that lists full contact information, including an email address. Authors will be notified if they are successful, by May 15, 2016. We will expect full papers (9,000 words, including references) by October 17, 2016.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Ruth McClelland-Nugent and Dr. Jennifer Trunzo,
at Rmcclel1@GRU.edu and jtrunzo@GRU.edu.
Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy
Augusta University (formerly named Georgia Regents University)
1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA, 309012.

Posted: November 19, 2015
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Call for Contributors: Articles for Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence

This 2-volume encyclopedia to be published by ABC-CLIO will feature long-form articles of approximately 11,000 words or 40-45 double-spaced manuscript pages. I am seeking scholars who have expertise in and understanding of contemporary issues surrounding rape and sexual violence. Articles will focus on such issues as campus rape, marriage/intimate partner rape, and rape in war. The context includes, but is not limited to the US. Entries are being assigned now, and final articles will be due by May 2016. For more information, please send a brief CV or bio to Merril D. Smith at merrildsmith@gmail.com. Put Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence in the subject heading.

Posted: November 3, 2015
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Labor, Justice and the Environment: Historical Insights, Alliances and Challenges

We invite proposals for presentations, workshops and performances that explore the historical experiences of workers and their organizations in the Pacific Northwest (USA and Canada). 

In 2016 we are particularly interested in proposals that address the relationship between workers, their unions and community partners, and the environmental justice issues of the modern era. 

These issues are particular crucial to workers in the Pacific Northwest because of the large number of natural resource-based jobs in our economy. What are the factors that have determined whether environmental issues have been unifying or divisive for labor throughout history? What are the historical antecedents to our current discussions over climate change and the policy implications for workers? 

2016 will be an important political year, with a newly elected government in Canada and a pending national election in the United States. We encourage submissions that address historical trends in working class political movements in both countries.

Other topics we are interested in include:
•Evolving forms of worker representation and organizing
•Organizing immigrant workers in the PNW
•Community organizing and Labor
•Race and Labor in the Pacific Northwest
•Women workers in the PNW
•The 100th Anniversary of the Everett Massacre
•People of Color, immigrants and low-income workers in the resource-based
economy
•Income inequality and popular movements
•Worker's culture in the PNW

Proposals for presentations should include a 1-2 page summary, a list of presenters and/or papers to be delivered, a short biography or vita for each participant, and a list of any particular audio-visual needs.
The PNLHA promotes discussion of contemporary topics that adopt an historical approach to the subject matter. In addition to academic papers, we encourage submissions based on popular education techniques that can engage a broad audience of academics, workers and community members.

The deadline for proposals is January 25, 2016. Submitters will be notified of the status of their proposals by February 22.

Please submit all proposals and queries electronically to:
Marcus Widenor
Corresponding Secretary for the PNLHA Program Committee
mrwide@uoregon.edu

Posted: October 28, 2015
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AASLH 2016 Annual Meeting

The American Association for State and Local History and the Michigan Museums Association seek proposals for their joint 2016 Annual Meeting in Detroit, MI, on September 14-17. The deadline for proposals is December 7. For proposal forms and instructions, visit http://about.aaslh.org/am-call-for-proposals/.

Posted: October 26, 2015
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Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education

Current historical professionals and graduate students are invited to submit 250-word proposals for either individual 20-minute papers or complete panels by November 15, 2015.

For more info: http://www.drew.edu/graduate/academics/maphd/crossroads/crossroads-call-for-papers

Posted: October 22, 2015
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Call For Proposals: Administrative History Of Golden Spike National Historic Site

REISSUED CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY OF GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

CALL FOR PROPOSALS REISSUED, UPDATED BUDGET AND REVISED SCHEDULE GUIDELINES

New Deadline: November 20, 2015

The OAH and National Park Service presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Golden Spike National Historic Site, located near Promontory, Utah. Golden Spike National Historic Site interprets the 1869 completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and preserves and protects resources along the historic rail line near Promontory, Utah.

A complete Scope of Work and information regarding submitting a proposal to complete this work can be found here.

Golden Spike National Historic Site interprets the 1869 completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and preserves and protects resources along the historic rail line near Promontory, Utah. This project seeks to produce an administrative history of events and decisions that have shaped the management of Golden Spike National Historic Site. The administrative history should summarize the history interpreted at the site, leading up to May 10th, 1869, the driving of the last spike event, and detail the history of the park, and its management and operations, from first inception to present.

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Posted: October 22, 2015
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AASLH 2016 Annual Meeting

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2016 annual meeting in Detroit, MI, from September 14-17, in partnership with the Michigan Museums Association, and is seeking session proposals for the meeting. The theme is "The Spirit of Rebirth." deadline is December 7, 2015.

For more information, please visit http://about.aaslh.org/am-call-for-proposals/

Posted: October 16, 2015
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Endangered Languages, Cultural Revitalization, and the Work of History

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) at the American Philosophical Society (APS) is seeking papers for an academic symposium on October 13-14, 2016 to coincide with the APS Museum's 2016 exhibition, Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America. Both the exhibition and the conference will explore the themes of translation across cultures and borders, the politics of representation, practices of language collection and study, cultural continuity and change, and the transformation of the material archives from the time of Thomas Jefferson that of Franz Boas to the present day.

Conference organizers are particularly interested in presenters whose work deals with:
1) the preservation of endangered languages, both historically and in the present day;
2) cultural practices surrounding translation and translators over time;
3) the work of language and cultural revitalization; and
4) current and/or collaborative Native language projects.

In the spirit of the exhibition's emphasis on crossing linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries, the APS encourages the submission of interdisciplinary papers and will design panels that cross disciplinary boundaries.

The symposium will begin with a keynote address sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday evening. On Friday, October 14, panels will convene at the American Philosophical Society.

Applicants should submit a title and 250-word proposal along with a C.V. by February 1, 2016 to: conferences@amphilsoc.org. Decisions will be made by the summer of 2016. All presenters will receive travel reimbursement and hotel accommodations. Accepted papers will be due a month before the conference and precirculated to registered attendees. Papers should be no longer than 25-double spaced pages. Presenters will also have the opportunity to publish revised papers in the APS's Proceedings, one of the longest running scholarly journals in America.

For more information, please visit http://www.amphilsoc.org/cnair/conference-translating-time-space

Posted: October 13, 2015
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Group Identity and LIFE Magazine in the Post-World War II Era

Identity Politics and LIFE Magazine in the Post-World War II Era

We are seeking chapters for an edited collection focusing on the identity politics of LIFE magazine, particularly the manner in which this magazine helped construct and disseminate an "us" vs. "them" dynamic. The editors intend this work to be interdisciplinary and are interested in a variety of approaches, particularly chapters focused on LIFE's written and/or photographic treatment of:

This list is by no means exclusive. We welcome any and all research that is focused on LIFE magazine in the post-World War II era.

To be considered, please submit a C.V. and a 2-page chapter proposal to LIFEmagazinebook@gmail.com by Dec. 1, 2015.

Contact Info:
Dr. Sara Eskridge and Dr. Kathryn Lewis, editors- LIFEmagazinebook@gmail.com

Posted: October 13, 2015
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