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Southern Quarterly Call for Papers: Photography and the Shaping of Southern Culture

The Southern Quarterly (SoQ) will publish a special issue on photography and the shaping of Southern culture in the summer of 2015. It seeks submissions that relate photography to any other aspect of culture in the South, with both terms broadly defined as in the new southern studies. Subject areas might involve considerations of photography and the other visual and performing arts in the South, photography and southern literature, as well as photography in relation to the geography, history, sociology, and anthropology of the region. Specific submissions could consider individual photographers in the South, particular photographs of southern subjects, vernacular and documentary photography, photos and popular culture in the South, the use of real and fictive photographs in southern poetry and fiction, as well as the photography of landscape and townscape, politics and conflict, or race and class in the South from the Civil War to the present. Submissions relating to these themes of the special issue may include scholarly essays of about 5,000 words plus documentation, reviews of pertinent publications, unpublished interviews with relevant figures, related archival materials, portfolios of southern photographs, and original poetry employing photographic tropes.

SoQ does not consider multiple submissions or work that has been approved elsewhere. All submissions must arrive before January 1, 2015, and should follow the SoQ guidelines, which are available online at: http://www.usm.edu/soq/guidelines.htm.

Email submissions of MSWord documents to SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com are preferred over postal delivery. For more information visit http://www.usm.edu/soq

Posted: May 28, 2014
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Southern Quarterly Call for Papers: The Mississippi River and Southern Icons

The Southern Quarterly (SoQ) invites submissions for a special issue to appear in Spring 2015 devoted to the lower Mississippi River as an icon for the twentieth century South. The SoQ is looking for scholarly articles, archival documents, and interviews—but no poetry—on the symbolic importance of the river for and in Southern poetry and fiction, film, music, popular culture, and art. Interdisciplinary articles that focus on more than one of these areas are especially welcome. Manuscripts should run between 20-25 pages (double-spaced) and follow the MLA style of documentation. Please query Philip Kolin (Philip.Kolin@usm.edu) with any questions about your submission.

SoQ does not consider multiple submissions or work that has been approved elsewhere. All submissions must arrive before November 1, 2014, and should follow the SoQ guidelines, which are available online at: http://www.usm.edu/soq/guidelines.htm.

E-mail submissions of MSWord documents to SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com are preferred over postal delivery. For more information visit http://www.usm.edu/soq

Posted: May 28, 2014
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The Southern Quarterly Call For Papers on Freedom Summer Anniversary

The Southern Quarterly (SoQ) has extended the submission deadline for a special issue celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It seeks interdisciplinary scholarly articles, interviews, art, unpublished archival materials, photo essays, and poems. In particular, they invite submissions in the following areas:

SoQ does not consider multiple submissions or work that has been approved elsewhere. For consideration for this special issue, please submit original manuscripts by June 15, 2014, following the SoQ guidelines, which are available online at: http://www.usm.edu/soq/guidelines.htm.

Email submissions of MSWord documents to SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com are preferred over postal delivery. Publication is planned for fall 2014.

Posted: May 27, 2014
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Humanities at the Crossroads

The Community College Humanities Association's Central Division invites proposals for the upcoming conference on the theme of "Humanities at the Crossroads."

The humanities are situated at the crossroads of numerous and oftentimes competing interests on community college campuses nationwide. What is the place of the humanities on the community college campus, both now and in the future? How can the humanities navigate the crossroads at which they find themselves? The city of Indianapolis—the
"Crossroads of America"—will provide the perfect setting for a discussion of these and related questions during the CCHA's Central Division Conference on November 20-22, 2014.

The conference organizers welcome teachers and students of the humanities to share ideas, experiences, research, or artistic creations that speak to our theme broadly construed.

Extended deadline for proposals: Deadlne for proposals is May 19, 2014. For more information visit http://www.ccha-assoc.org/conferences/central/Central-2014-CFP.pdf For online submissions go to the CCHA Conference Website: http://www.ccha-assoc.org/central.html.

Posted: April 25, 2014
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The World's Fair Since 1964

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., invites proposals for its workshop, "The World's Fair Since '64," which will be held October 24-25, 2014. This workshop proposes to examine world's fairs since (and including) 1964, a period marked by tremendous variability in the location and impact of the genre. Participants may wish to cover any of the fairs from 1964 to the present, as well as fairs planned for future dates. The themes below are of interest—Asian themes, and comparative Asian/western themes are particularly encouraged.

Though the core analytical focus will be historical, scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and art/design fields are welcome to participate. Participants will prepare an essay (2500-5000 words) to circulate one month in advance of the workshop. The workshop will consist of brief presentations, followed by in-depth discussion of each paper, as well as thematic sessions looking at cross-cutting aspects of the works presented. Accepted participants may receive a subsidy to defray expenses. This workshop is supported by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution, the College of Arts and Sciences of Drexel University, and the Department of the History of Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Scott Gabriel Knowles (sgk23@drexel.edu) and Robert H. Kargon (kargon@jhu.edu) by April 21, 2014.

Posted: April 7, 2014
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Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History

The Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware, along with its cosponsors—the Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society and the German Historical Institute-DC—invites proposals for its upcoming conference on Green Capitalism, October 30-31, 2014. Proposals may be up to 500 words in length, and should include a summary of the paper's argument, the sources on which it draws, and the larger historiographic context or contemporary debates with which it engages. A short c.v. or resume should accompany the proposal. The deadline for receipt of proposals is May 1, 2014 and should be sent via email to Carol Lockman (clockman@Hagley.org). Presenters will receive travel support to cover most costs to attend the conference. Read the complete call for proposals > 

Posted: February 24, 2014
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2015 Annual Meeting of the International Federation for Public History

The International Federation for Public History (IFPH), an affiliate of both the National Council on Public History (NCPH) and the Comité International des Sciences Historiques/International Committee of Historical Sciences (CISH) invites your participation in the upcoming 22nd Congress of CISH that will take place in Jinan, China, August 23-29, 2015.

As an official International Commission of CISH, the IFPH has been allocated space to convene its own annual meeting on August 27-28, 2015. In addition to a business meeting and keynote speech, which we hope will introduce public history to the larger audience of 1,500 to 2,000 historians attending the conference, we will to offer sessions on "Teaching Public History," and "Digital Public History," and/or "Public History and Museums." Proposals and presentations may be in either English or French.

Proposals—either English or French—should be no longer that 350 words and include a brief biographical note. They should be sent to Program Chair Jean-Pierre Morin jeanpierre.morin@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca and Corresponding Secretary Arnita Jones arnitajones@gmail.com by March 31, 2014.

Posted: February 13, 2014
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The Life, Career, and Legacies of Richard M. Nixon

The Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) is preparing a special Richard M. Nixon issue devoted to focusing on the meaning and legacies both inside and outside the United States of this controversial figure in American history and culture. August 2014 will mark the fortieth anniversary of Nixon's dramatic resignation as president of the United States, and still his place in American history is very much under dispute. This anniversary, four decades after Watergate, is timely for a fresh look at Nixon's career and legacy. Proposals for papers should be sent to the editor, Laurence Raw (l_rawjalaurence@yahoo.com) or the issue editor Roger Chapman (Roger_Chapman@pba.edu). The length is flexible; we invite longer papers (between 5,000-7,000 words) as well as "think-pieces" (1,500-2,000 words). Book reviews of material relating to Nixon are also welcome: any suggestions would be gratefully received. The due date for submission of proposals is April 30, 2014; the date for completed papers September 30, 2014. Read more >

Posted: February 3, 2014
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2014 National Underground Railroad Conference

The National Park Service, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Project, and its partners will host the 2014 National Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit, Michigan, July 16-20.  The conference organizers welcome panels and single-paper proposals on this year's theme, " 'I Resolved Never to Be Conquered' Women and the Underground Railroad." The deadline for submissions is March 1. Follow this link to submit a proposal.  

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Posted: January 21, 2014
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2014 Conference on Illinois History

Proposals for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Illinois' history, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested for the Conference on Illinois History to be held on September 25-26, 2014. Proposals for teacher workshops are also requested. The deadline is March 11, 2014. See website for details: http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Involved/Pages/Conference.aspx

Posted: January 13, 2014
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The Gettysburg Magazine

Under its new editor, Professor James S. Pula of Purdue University North Central, The Gettysburg Magazine will be a peer-reviewed publication featuring articles and book reviews of interest to scholars, history buffs, and members of the general public interested in the Gettysburg Campaign, the Gettysburg Address, and the various personalities and controversies associated with these formative events. Scholarship from any discipline in the humanities and social sciences touching on its focus is welcome. Manuscripts may be submitted for review by the editorial board via e-mail attachments to the editor (jpula@pnc.edu). For more information, visit: http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/The-Gettysburg-Magazine,675907.aspx

Posted: January 13, 2014
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Seventh Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association

The Program Committee is pleased to announce that the University of Pennsylvania will serve as the host for the 2014 conference, which will be held on October 9-12. The Urban History Association Program Committee seeks submissions for sessions on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan history. We welcome proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers, and are receptive to alternative session formats that foster audience participation in the proceedings. E-mail submissions by March 1, 2014 to Andrew K. Sandoval Strausz at aksandov@unm.edu and Victoria Wolcott at vwwolcot@buffalo.edu.  Read more > 

More information is available at: http://uha.udayton.edu/conf.html

Posted: November 25, 2013
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2015 OAH Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

The OAH Program Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals (CFP) for the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 16-19. The conference is organized around the theme, "Taboos." During recent decades, historians have approached history from a wide range of perspectives and developed innovative methodologies that have opened up new fields of historical inquiry and understanding. In all fields of history, however, certain topics remain taboo. The courage to challenge such taboos, to offer fresh interpretations and to ask original kinds of questions marks the historical work that most inspires us and often signals important turns in historiographical approach. In the judgment of the program committee members, challenging taboos does not reduce the significance of familiar topics, but deepens and enriches their meaning by enlivening the conversation they inspire. Submissions will be accepted between December 2, 2013 and January 22, 2014. Read more > 

More information is available at: http://www.oah.org/meetings-events/meetings-events/call-for-proposals/

Posted: November 25, 2013
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Call for Papers: Vernacular Architecture Forum 2014 Annual Meeting

The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper proposals for its annual meeting in Galloway Township, New Jersey, May 7-10, 2014. The 2014 conference theme is "Down Jersey: From Bayshore to Seashore." Conference information is available at www.vafweb.org/conferences/current.html.  The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2013.

More information is available at: http://www.vafweb.org/conferences/current.html

Posted: October 21, 2013
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Sustainable Public History

In 2014 the National Council on Public History will meet in Monterey, California, March 19-22 at the Monterey Conference Center. Monterey is a city where nature and culture intersect in fascinating and challenging ways, an ideal place to explore issues of sustainability. The program committee invites panel, roundtable, workshop, working group, and individual paper proposals for the conference. The NCPH welcomes submissions from all areas of the field, including teaching, museums, archives, heritage management, tourism, consulting, litigation-based research, and public service. Proposals are due by July 15, 2013.

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Posted: June 6, 2013
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“Strategy and the Sea”: An International Conference in Honor of Professor John B. Hattendorf

A conference will be held in Oxford, UK, April 10-12, 2014 at All Souls College to celebrate Professor John B. Hattendorf’s leading contribution to naval history. For thirty years as the Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College, John Hattendorf has furthered historical understanding among naval professionals and reinvigorated maritime scholarship. Reflecting the breadth of Hattendorf’s historical perspective, this conference provides an opportunity for research students and recognized authorities to present the latest research in naval history that pushes traditional boundaries and asks innovative questions. Those wishing to present a paper should send a proposed title and abstract of no more than 300 words along with a one-page CV to the conference organizers at allsouls.navalhistory@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2013.

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Posted: May 29, 2013
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Society for Applied Anthropology

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 74th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM, March 18-22, 2014. The theme of the Program is “Destinations.” The Society is a multidisciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2013.

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Posted: May 29, 2013
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Native Ground: Protecting and Preserving History, Culture, and Customs

The Tenth Native American Symposium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will take place November 14-15 and will focus on the protection and preservation of Native American history, culture, and customs. Papers are invited addressing all aspects of Native American life and studies. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brad Lieb from the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of History and Culture, and currently president of the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists. All papers presented at the symposium will be eligible for inclusion in a peer-reviewed volume of published proceedings, which will also be posted on our Web site. Deadline for proposals is July 15, 2013.

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Posted: May 29, 2013
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Call for Submissions: The Southern Quarterly

The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of Arts & Letters in the South invites submissions of interdisciplinary scholarly articles, interviews with major Southern writers, composers, and artists, unpublished archival materials, photo essays, and poems anchored in the spirit of the South. The Southern Quarterly does not consider previously published work or work being considered elsewhere. Please follow the instructions on our submissions guidelines page (http://www.usm.edu/soq/guidelines.htm). Celebrating fifty years of publication, the Southern Quarterly is an internationally-known scholarly journal devoted to the interdisciplinary study of Southern arts and culture.

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Posted: May 13, 2013
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World War I and the Jews: New Research

The Center for Jewish History with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and the American Jewish Historical Society invite proposals for papers to be presented at a conference featuring original research on the experiences of Jews during the First World War and its immediate aftermath. The conference will be held in November 2014. For more information, contact Professor Judith C. Siegel, Director of Academic and Public Programs, Center for Jewish History. Deadline for proposals is May 24, 2013

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Posted: April 23, 2013
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