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NCPH Call for Posters

Challenging the Exclusive Past
March 16-19
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland

The Poster Session is a format for public history presentations about projects that use visual evidence. It offers an alternative for presenters eager to share their work through one-on-one discussion, can be especially useful for works-in-progress, and may be a particularly appropriate format for presentations where visual or material evidence represents a central component of the project.

The poster session will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. Set-up will start an hour before the Poster Session begins.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in ONE PDF document). See http://bit.ly/CallforPosters for more details.

Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2015. Email your proposal to ncph@iupui.edu with the subject line "2016 Poster."

National Council on Public History

Posted: September 23, 2015
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Call for Papers Extended: Digital Blackness Conference April 22 – 23, 2016

The 21st century has been marked by the proliferation of access to digital platforms and social media sites that have completely refigured the terms and terrain of racial representation, politics, cultural expression and scholarly research.

Whether we are speaking of the explosion of web-based series that are distributed through YouTube, the formation of a the broad social media community known as Black Twitter, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, or the on-line Queering Slavery Working Group, profoundly new questions have emerged concerning how the digital has reshaped the meaning, understanding, performance, representation, and reception of Blackness.
What we might call the digital turn also has significant implications for how we study Blackness within and across fields and disciplines. What does Digital Black Studies mean? What are its methodological proclivities and its analytic investments? What are the possibilities of Digital Blackness? What are its limits? This two-day conference Digital Blackness will bring together scholars, students, activists, and artists from a range of fields and disciplines to interrogate the many new modes, customs, and arrangements of racial identity as they are mediated through digital technologies.

We invite proposals for individual papers, and complete panel proposals that addresses a broad range of areas. Suggestions include but are not limited to:
1. Digital Blackness and Social Media
2. Digital Blackness on Film
3. Black Television in the Digital Age
4. Digital Black Histories
5. Digital Archives
6. Digital Black Studies
7. Digital Black Feminisms
8. Digital Diasporas
9. Digital Black Politics and Social Movements
10. Digital Blackness and Musical Cultures
11. Digital Blackness and Visual Culture
12. Blackness in the Digital Humanities
13. Black Code Studies

Proposals can take one of two forms: (A) an individual or (B) a complete panel.
A proposal for an individual paper should consist of a title and summary of the topic; if accepted, this paper and others related to it will be combined into a complete session. An individual-paper proposal should be single-spaced and no more than two pages long. Please include institutional affiliation and email address for an individual paper.

A proposal for a complete panel provides a prospectus for a coherent collection of 3-4 papers, including a title for the session, a title and summary of each paper, and a chair, if possible. A complete panel proposal should be single-spaced and no more than three pages long. Please include institutional affiliations and email addresses for all participants.

Please submit proposals to: proposals@rutgersdigitalblackness.com.
Proposals are due by Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

For More Information: http://www.rutgersdigitalblackness.com

Posted: September 22, 2015
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On The Move!: Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice

Sarah Lawrence College presents
The 18th Annual Conference on Women's History

On The Move: Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice
Friday and Saturday March 4-5th 2016
Free and Open to the Public

Keynote speaker:
Premilla Nadasen,
member of the history faculty at Barnard College and author of
Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States
and Domestic Workers Unite!: Household Workers' Organizations

Working women have a long history of fighting injustice on multiple fronts and leading social change. A century ago, women labor activists played vanguard roles in movements for child protection, social welfare, and women's rights in and beyond the workplace. The pattern continues today, as working women take up battles for a living wage, healthcare, immigrant rights, equal pay, racial justice, and workers' right to organize—issues that grow sharper as the gap between the 1% and everyone else continues to expand.

Our conference in honor of Women's History Month 2016 will analyze and celebrate this tradition and explore the following questions: How can working women's movements fight off conservative assaults and who are the allies in that fight? What strategies have worked—or not worked—in the past, and what can we learn from them? Can examples set by rising movements among women, youth, LGBTQIA communities, and people of color re-invigorate the mainstream labor movement? How might the labor movement become a better vehicle for the larger movement for social justice, and what is women's role in this rebirth?

We seek papers, panels, films and performances that address these themes. Specific topics include but are not limited to:

Email submissions are preferred.

Deadline for proposals: December 7, 2015.
Contact: Tara James, Associate Director, Graduate Program in Women's and Gender History,
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708

Posted: September 18, 2015
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Forging Bonds Across Borders: Mobilizing for Women’s Rights and Social Justice in the 19th Century

Paper proposals sought for a conference at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, April 28-30, 2016, exploring how female activists inside and outside of institutions and organizations exchanged ideas in the Atlantic world and collaborated across national borders, oceans, and boundaries of race, class, and gender throughout the long 19th century. One purpose is to show how, even without formal political rights, women were able to develop effective strategies and bases of power, working both within their own countries and through the personal transnational connections, alliances, and organizations they created. Through participation in movements for abolition, temperance, child protection, pacifism, and labor (often male-dominated), women became aware of their own oppression and need for emancipation. Some fought to link suffrage and women's rights with struggles against the inequities of industrial capitalism in what came to be known as "social justice femin ism." Others embraced "maternalist" ideologies that exalted women's status as mothers and, rather than seeking feminist alternatives to that role, worked to apply the values associated with it to society at large. The organizers will cover travel and lodging expenses of invited participants. Proposals welcome from established and emerging scholars; deadline, October 31, 2015. See website for further details.

For more information, click here. 

Posted: September 17, 2015
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Doing Sport History in the Digital Present Workshop

Doing Sport History in the Digital Present Workshop
Sports, Society, and Technology Program
School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA USA
May 25 and 26, 2016

What might new approaches in the digital humanities offer for the study of sport history? What might sport history offer the digital humanities and digital history in regards to questions of diverse embodiment, most prominently seen in sport? This workshop seeks a diverse group of scholars interested in addressing these and related questions. The goal of this workshop is to generate and extend conversations about digital scholarship, especially in relationship to the historical study of sport and related realms including recreation, games, physical activity, and the moving body.

In particular we seek contributions that span relevant empirical and epistemological questions. These papers might include, but are not limited to, those which explore: theories of digital sport history; archival, methodological, and/or epistemological questions raised by doing digital sport history; antecedents and genealogies of digital sport history; technical and cultural issues and problems raised via the doing of digital sport history; what digital technologies (e.g. mining, mapping, collecting, curating, visualization, etc.) offer for sport history and historians; what sport history and sport historians can contribute to digital modes of research and inquiry; de/colonial, feminist and anti-racist approaches as well as questions of access and power (e.g. gender, race, class and sexuality), design, and infrastructure in doing digital sport history; tensions among "traditional" and digital sport histories and historians; and, critiques regarding the premises, assumpti ons, and practices of digital sport history. We are also very interested in papers that employ digital technologies in documenting particular histories of sport, recreation, games, physical activity, and/or the moving body.

If interested please submit a 500 word abstract and a 200 word biography to Dr. Mary McDonald (mary.mcdonald@hsoc.gatech.edu) by October 8, 2015. Those selected will be notified by October 22, 2015 and required to provide a 5,000-7,000-word paper by April 15, 2016. Selected participants will present a 15-20 minute version of their longer paper at the workshop, which will also be read and commented upon by other participants. Financial support will be provided for accommodation and meals during the duration of the workshop. Successful papers will be eligible to appear in the Journal of Sport History Special Issue, "Doing Sport History in the Digital Present." This workshop will be held just prior (May 25-26, 2016) to the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) at the Georgia Tech hotel and Conference Center (May 27-30). Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both events and to also present their scholarship at NASSH. Please also conta ct Mary McDonald with any questions.

Posted: September 9, 2015
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New Critical Studies on Quaker Women, 1650-1800

The corpus of Quaker women's history and literature offers one of the most fascinating studies of gender across all centuries and continents. This small group of women pioneers, activists, prophets and writers has often been at the grassroots of revolutionary movements, fuelling and propelling the way for global, monumental change. Yet, there is very little in Quaker historiography that specifically highlights or features the gathered influence of these women. While only a few scholars have analysed early Quaker women's contributions as spiritual foremothers and visionary leaders (Christine Trevett's _Women and Quakerism_, 1991; Phyllis Mack's _Visionary Women_, 1992; Rebecca Larson's _Daughters of Light_, 1999; and Catie Gill's _Women in the Seventeenth-Century Quaker Community_, 2005), there has not been a twenty-first-century compilation of new critical studies on Quaker women. With a central focus on gender, this project seeks to assemble an in terdisciplinary body of writers with a shared interest in reassessing early Quaker women, highlighting new discoveries and interpretations about their literary creation, historical landmarks, and transatlantic movements.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Please submit proposals of approximately 500 words, along with a curriculum vita, to: Michele Lise Tarter (tarter@tcnj.edu) and Catie Gill (C.J.Gill@lboro.ac.uk) by October 25, 2015. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Posted: September 3, 2015
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“Leaders Gone Wild” – Committee on Community Colleges, OAH Annual Meeting, Providence, RI

The Committee on Community Colleges for the Organization of American Historians is sponsoring a panel for the 2016 OAH meeting in Providence, Rhode Island (April 7-10). The theme for the meeting is "On Leadership." In that spirit, we are hosting a session titled "Leaders Gone Wild: Using Scandal and Corruption in American Leadership to Engage Students." Our ideal panelists will incorporate their own research in an innovative way in the classroom. How have scandalous leaders interested your students and how do you use those stories to illuminate larger issues you are covering in your classrooms?
We are accepting proposals for papers until September 18, 2015.

Please forward your 200 to 300-word proposal and CV to: Theresa.jach@hccs.edu

Posted: September 1, 2015
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Workshop on Unique Leadership Narratives & Diversity in the Classroom

The Committee on Community Colleges for the Organization of American Historians is hosting a teaching-oriented workshop for the 2016 OAH meeting in Providence, Rhode Island (April 7-10). The theme for the meeting is "On Leadership." Because community college students come from increasingly diverse backgrounds, we hope to highlight non-traditional historical leaders that will inspire our students.

Do you have a creative lesson/unit that focuses on one or more of these unconventional leaders?

Areas could include, but are not limited to: Hispanics, African Americans, Jewish Americans, Asian Americans, the LGBT community, Arab Americans, labor organizers, or advocates for the disabled.

Our panel will include 3-4 presenters with approximately 45 minutes each, Q&A, and a lunch.

We are accepting proposals for papers until September 18, 2015.

Please forward your 200 to 300-word proposal and CV to: Theresa.jach@hccs.edu

Posted: September 1, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Vernacular Architecture Forum 2016

The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper proposals and applications for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter's Fellowships for its 35th Annual Conference in Durham, North Carolina, June 1-4, 2016.

Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring African-American life, including slavery, the rise of a black middle class, the Civil Rights movement, and the relationship of race and the built environment; the transformation and industrialization of agricultural landscapes; and the architecture of institutions, including churches, schools, and hospitals.


Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Please include the paper title, author's name, and email address, along with a one-page c.v.. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2016, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 4th.

THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS OCTOBER 30, 2015. Abstracts should be emailed to the VAF Papers Committee Chair, Annmarie Adams, at papers@vafweb.org. For general information about the Durham conference, please visit the conference website at www.vafweb.org/Durham-2016 or contact Claudia Brown at claudia.brown@ncdcr.gov.

Pamela H. Simpson Presenter's Fellowships:

VAF's Pamela H. Simpson Presenter's Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF's annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops.

To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter's Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.

For More Information: http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/event-2022847

Posted: September 1, 2015
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Call for Papers for Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education

The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and History & Culture program at Drew University are excited to announce Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education. This two-day conference, aims to bring together graduate students, faculty, and leaders in the historical profession to explore how intellectual revolutions of the 21st century and transformations in higher education have changed how historians practice their craft as well as the career opportunities available to them.

Held at Drew University in Madison, NJ, Crossroads will take place on March 11-12, 2016. Conveniently located 30 miles from Manhattan, the conference hopes to attract a diverse range of opinions and expertise. The conference will include keynote speakers, roundtables, and panel presentations. Join the discussion on social media using #FutureofHistory.

For more information on the conference, including the call for papers and submission details, please visit drew.edu/crossroads.

Posted: August 28, 2015
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New York History-Special Issue on Agricultural and Rural History of the Empire State

New York History will publish a special issue in 2016 devoted to the agricultural and rural history of the Empire State. Topics are unrestricted and include urban, gender, social, technological, scientific, and political histories, among others relating to agriculture and rural life. Doug Hurt will serve as the guest editor. Submit abstracts or manuscript proposals that do not exceed 500 words by October 16, 2015 to doughurt@purdue.edu.

Invitations to submit full-length articles ranging from 5,000 to 7,500 words will be sent by December 4, 2015.

Manuscripts will be due July 1, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Posted: August 26, 2015
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Call for Papers: The Southern Quarterly

Deadline: September 30, 2015

The Southern Quarterly solicits carefully documented scholarly essays for a general issue. We are particularly eager to receive manuscripts dealing with Southern literature, history (especially with the post bellum South), music, art, and foodways. Manuscripts should run between 20-25 pages (double-spaced) and follow the MLA style of documentation.

SoQ does not consider multiple submissions or work that has been published in print or online elsewhere. Please follow the SoQ guidelines, which are available online at: www.usm.edu/soq/guidelines.htm. For consideration for this general issue, please submit original manuscripts by September 30, 2015.

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

The Southern Quarterly is an internationally-known scholarly journal devoted to the interdisciplinary study of Southern arts and culture. For SoQ, "the arts" is defined broadly, and includes painting, sculpture, music, dance, poetry, photography, and popular culture. We also publish studies of Southern culture from such disciplines as literature, folklore, anthropology, and history. "The South" is defined as the region south of the Mason Dixon Line, including the Caribbean and Latin America. Regular features include reviews of books and films, periodic reviews of exhibitions and performances, as well as interviews with writers and artists.

For more information, click here. 

Posted: August 26, 2015
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U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC) Seeking Proposals

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC) seeks proposals for a scholarly book on the history of the creation and the first 25 years of the Court. If the Court determines to publish such a book, the book will describe judicial review of veterans appeals and the effect of the Court upon veterans' benefits and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims and appeals process. Possible topics could include:

Efforts of veterans and organizations to obtain judicial review of veterans benefits decisions

Legislative history and the process involved in the creation of the Court

The Early Phase of the Court's History, including

Later Phases of Court history, including significant events since inception

Unique features of the Court and their impact

Significant decisions of the Court

Sources will include published records of the Court, other published accounts (such as journal articles, Congressional legislative records, and VA records), statistics, and oral histories.

The book will be a hard cover illustrated history of approximately 100-200 pages in length not including the table of contents, index and appendices. The book size is expected to be 6.75" x 10".

The Court will pay reasonable author's fees plus expenses. The Court will not pay any fees incurred for the preparation of any bidder's response to this Request for Proposals.

There will be a series of deadlines for deliverables and drafts to the Court for review, with the ultimate time for the author(s) to complete the draft to be approximately one year from the signing of a contract.

The Court will retain exclusive right to publish the materials. The author will be provided a specified number of copies for personal use and not for resale.

Selection is at the sole discretion of the Court but if a selection is made, it will be made based upon the Best Value. Factors considered will include:

Selection and any resulting contract will be in compliance with the Court's procurement policy and all applicable federal laws. Award of a contract is contingent on the absence of, or the absence of appearance of, any conflicts of interest, as determined by the Court, between the bidder and the Court.

All proposals should include the following:

Deadline for the submission of proposals is November 30, 2015.

Proposals should be sent as email attachments to:

Gregory O. Block
Clerk of the Court
United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20004
Email: contracting@uscourts.cavc.gov

Questions should be directed to the Clerk of the Court care of the email address noted above. Answers to questions will be sent by reply email, and all questions and answers submitted will be published for review on our Court website (www.uscourts.cavc.gov) under "Employment" via the link titled "Court History Book Request for Proposals Q&A Summary."

Posted: August 24, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers, News of the Profession

International Writing Across the Currciulum Conference

The Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan requests session proposals from scholars and teachers in a wide variety of disciplines for the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference to be held in Ann Arbor, June 23-26, 2016.

For More Information, click here.

Posted: August 4, 2015
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2016 American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis

The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) invites abstracts for papers in any area of medical history for its 89th annual meeting, to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 28 April to 1 May 2016. The AAHM welcomes papers on the history of health and healing; the history of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and the history of illness, disease, or public health. Submissions pertaining to all eras and regions of the world are welcome. Papers and panels that expand the horizons of medical history and engage related fields are particularly encouraged.

In addition to single-paper proposals, the Program Committee, led by Co-Chairs Sarah Tracy and Scott Podolsky , encourages proposals for creatively structured panels and for luncheon workshops. Please contact one or both of the Program Committee Co-chairs if you are planning a panel or workshop. The Program Committee will judge individual papers in each of these venues on their own merits.

Presentations are limited to no more than 20 minutes. Papers must represent original work not already published or in press. Speakers are encouraged to make their manuscripts available to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, the official journal of the AAHM.

This year, for the first time, the Program Committee also invites a limited number of poster presentations. Poster proposals likewise will be considered individually.

The AAHM uses an online abstract submissions system, accessible through the organization website at http://www.histmed.org/cfp2016. Guidelines for writing a successful abstract may also be found through this link. Abstracts must be submitted by 28 September 2015.

Posted: August 3, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

The New England Journal of History : Call for Papers

The New England Journal of History is published twice a year by the New England History Teachers Association and is abstracted in Historical Abstracts. It is carried by University Microfilms and a number of libraries in the United States and abroad. The Journal seeks articles that promote scholarship of historical and educational significance authored by faculty and graduate students as well as independent scholars. The Journal is interested in works emphasizing research and pedagogy as well as museum and book review articles. Individuals whose book review or article is accepted for publication will receive a one-year subscription to The New England Journal of History.

Editor: Linda Morse, Foxborough Regional Charter School, Foxboro, MA

Email: editors@nejh.org

Style: The Journal uses the Chicago Manual of Style. Please use endnotes with notation in the traditional historical form.

Length including endnotes:

Research Articles: 3,000 to 7,000 words

Pedagogical Articles: 2,000 to 4,000 words

Review Articles: 1,000 to 3,000 words

Submission date: August 15 or February 15 for reviews

Submission format: Email as a word attachment to the attention of Linda Morse, Editor using: editors@nejh.org

Founded in 1897, the New England History Teachers Association (NEHTA) is the oldest association of history teachers in the U.S. and has published its journal since 1943. You can visit the journal website at www.nejh.org and the NEHTA site at www.nehta.org.

Posted: July 14, 2015
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SfAA Call for Papers

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 76th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, March 29-April 2, 2016. The theme of the Program is "Intersections."

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2015. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page at http://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting-2016/forms/instruc/

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Society for Applied Anthropology
PO Box 2436
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
405-843-8553 (fax)

Posted: May 27, 2015
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ASEH 2016 Seattle Conference Call for Papers

The American Society for Environmental History invites proposals for its annual conference to be held in Seattle in late March/early April 2016. The theme is "Environmental History and Its Publics." Deadline: July 8, 2015.

For More Information: http://aseh.net/conference-workshops/seattle-conference-2016/call-for-proposals

Posted: May 18, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

2016 Annual Meeting of the Florida Conference of Historians

The Florida Conference of Historians (FCH) invites faculty, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students to participate in the 56th annual meeting to be held at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, February 18-20, 2016. The FCH welcomes panels and individual papers on all historical subjects, including those that relate to our various Special Interest Sections. The Media, Arts, and Culture Special Interest Section is accepting film, video, animation, and interactive media submissions. Starting this year, the FCH has added undergraduate poster sessions to encourage undergraduates to engage and present their research.

Important Deadlines:
Individual paper, panel, media and poster proposals are due by December 12, 2015
Hotel reservations at the conference rate are due by January 9, 2016
Advance registration deadline is February 13, 2016

Selected papers will be considered for publication in the FCH Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of Historians, a peer-reviewed journal. Papers published in the journal are eligible to compete for prizes in several categories: the Thomas M. Campbell Award (faculty and independent scholars), the Blaine Blaine Browne Award (graduate student), and the J. Calvitt Clarke III Award (undergraduate students).

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Connie Lester. Dr. Lester is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Central Florida, where she also serves as the Director of the digital project, the Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences, and Stories (RICHES) of Central Florida (2009 – present) and is editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly (2005-present).

Traditionally, the FCH has welcomed in-state, out-of-state, and international participants. This year's meeting will offer an opportunity to explore central Florida and participate in one of the nation's most rewarding regional history conferences.

For additional information, contact Patricia L. Farless, University of Central Florida, at Patricia.Farless@ucf.edu or call 407-924-7024 or go to http://www.floridaconferenceofhistorians.org

Posted: May 8, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

National Council on Public History 2016 Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals - "Challenging the Exclusive Past"
NCPH and Society for History in the Federal Government Joint Meeting
Baltimore, Maryland, March 16-19, 2016

The Call for Proposals is open through July 15 at http://ncph.org/cms/conferences/2016-annual-meeting/.

March 16-19, 2016, the National Council on Public History and Society for History in the Federal Government will meet jointly in Baltimore, Maryland, and we need YOUR ideas to make this meeting a success! Public history work is built on the work of others (YOU!) so this conference needs YOUR presentations, papers, projects and ideas so we can share our knowledge and advance the field.

Formal preservation and interpretation of the past began as a movement to celebrate great men and elite spaces. Slowly, and with difficulty, this is becoming a more democratic and inclusive effort. We believe that public historians have an important role to play in the ongoing work to expand national, state, local, and global narratives. What are the most effective and engaging means for expanding interpretive practices and professional spaces in order to promote full inclusion of previously marginalized peoples and places? To what extent have new, more democratic and engaged public history practices changed museum collections and exhibits, preservation practice, law, and public commemoration? And what happens when formerly disenfranchised publics assert their right to tell their own histories? These questions get at the very meanings of public history and citizenship. As 2016 will mark the centennial of the National Park Service and fifty years of the National Historic Preservation Act, in Baltimore we invite public historians to explore the promise, the successes, and the challenges of developing a more inclusive public history landscape in the twenty-first century.

Questions to consider:
• How are successful collaborations between public historians and under-represented communities built?
• How do new practices including digital history open up narratives and collaborations for public historians that challenge the exclusive past?
• How do government historians and agencies work with communities, such as Indigenous nations, that share traumatic histories with the government?
• How do historians establish the trust necessary to work with and within communities of which they are not members? Conversely, how do historian who are community "insiders" experience and navigate the issue of trust?
• How do we reach public historians practicing outside of established institutions and build a more diverse guild?
• To what extent have government historians influenced public policy makers? And should they?
• What are the risks of using traditional great men and great event narratives when highlighting the histories of under-represented groups? Do we ignore or obscure important counter narratives when we follow this course?
• What role can historic preservation play in revitalizing communities?
• How can public historians contribute to the preservation of previously marginalized places?
• How and should activism and public history meet? Can such intersections lead to more inclusive histories?
• How do public historians weave together local, national, and global narratives to create meaningful histories for all communities?

We welcome submissions from all areas of the field, including teaching, museums, archives, heritage management, tourism, consulting, litigation-based research, and public service. Proposals may address any area of public history, but we especially welcome submissions which relate to our theme. Sessions are 1.5 hours; significant time for audience discussion should be included in every session. We urge participants to dispense with the reading of papers, and encourage a wide variety of forms of conversation and session format options, including, but not limited to:

• Experiential
• PechaKucha
• Point/Counterpoint
• Roundtable
• Structured Conversation
• Traditional Three-person-plus-chair/commentator Panel
• Working Groups (2 hours)
• Workshops (half or full day).

NCPH and SHFG encourage collaborative sessions between members of NCPH and SHFG. See the NCPH website at www.ncph.org for details about submitting your proposal and be sure to peruse past programs for ideas about new session/event formats.

For the 2nd time, NCPH is offering an optional, Early Topic Proposal deadline. This is for people who are interested in presenting on a certain topic, but are looking for ideas to more fully develop their proposal or are looking for collaborators/co-panelists. Fill out the topic-only proposal form online by June 1, 2015.

Topics received by that date will be distributed to NCPH/SHFG members via email, and posted to the Public History Commons for feedback and offers of collaboration. Respondents can contact the original submitter directly with their ideas or offers, and the submitter may choose to select additional participants, refine the proposal, and complete a full proposal form online by the July 15 deadline.

Final Proposal Deadline: Submit your fully formed session, working group, individual paper, or workshop proposal online by July 15, 2015.

All presenters and other participants are expected to register for the annual meeting. If you have questions, please contact the program committee co-chairs or the NCPH Interim Executive Director.

2016 Program Committee Chair and Co-Chair
Gregory Smoak, The American West Center, University of Utah (Chair) & Carl Ashley, U.S. Department of State (Co-Chair)

NCPH Interim Executive Director
Stephanie Rowe

Posted: May 7, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers