Opportunities for Historians

Calls for Papers

CFP: The Association for Gravestone Studies 2020 Annual Conference

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

The Association for Gravestone Studies, established in 1976, is pleased to announce the 2020 annual conference will be in Austin, Texas, at St. Edward's University, June 23–28, 2020.  
It also invites paper, panel, and hands-on session proposals for the meeting. Topics include all aspects of the study of gravestones, cemeteries, or closely related fields including but not limited to:

  • Gravestone iconography, typography, material, form, and style analyses
  • Carver, sculptor, and monument company studies
  • Social, economic, vernacular, and popular culture topics
  • Gravestones and cemeteries as resources for genealogy and local history
  • Conservation and preservation techniques and approaches
  • Cemetery management and legal issues
  • Remote sensing, mapping, and aerial photography
  • Funerary and burial materials and practices
  • Interpretive and educational programming.

We particularly welcome submissions from researchers and practitioners from outside the United States.  

Applicants should submit a 400-word abstract of the proposed presentation, and a 250-word CV summary for each presenter. Proposals are due March 1, 2020, either by mail to AGS, 278 Main Street, Suite 209, Greenfield, MA 01301 or by email to AGSConfProposals@gmail.com. Selected presenters will be notified by Friday, March 27, 2020. For additional information about the conference or AGS, visit our website here>>

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Posted: February 11, 2020
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CFP: Gender, Women's Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future

DEADLINE: March 6, 2020

We are pleased to announce the call for presentations for the Gender, Women's Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference! The conference will be held on November 19–21, 2020, at the Radisson - Lansing at the Capitol.

This conference is co-hosted by the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) and Department of History at Michigan State University, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan. The conference marks the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment following Women's Suffrage in the United States, the 40th anniversary of the GenCen’s Gendered Perspectives on International Development Papers Series, the 30th anniversary of the Re-Visioning Knowledge and the Curriculum: Feminist Perspectives conference at MSU, and IRWG’s 25th anniversary at the University of Michigan.

The organizers invite proposals from diverse fields, including scholarship, politics, and community organizing, with a special focus on potentials for solidarity, activism, and/or transformation.

Topics could include, but are not limited to: 

  • Women’s political leadership at the local, national, and international levels.
  • Race, Gender, Class, (Dis)ability, Religion, and/or Sexuality in movements for women’s rights.
  • Women and gender in academic and/or community leadership.
  • Violence in/of suffrage movements.

Proposals are invited in the following styles and formats:

  • Individual papers
  • Panels
  • Individual discussion sessions
  • Conversational panel discussions
  • Poster Presentations

Submission guidelines and conference info is available, here>> 

Presenters are asked to submit abstracts no later than March 6th, 2020, to gwsppconference@gmail.com. Decisions will be sent no later than March 30th.

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Posted: December 5, 2019
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CFP: The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife; “Living with Disabilities in New England, 1600–1900”

DEADLINE: March 10, 2020

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (founded 1976) is pleased to announce the subject of this year’s conference, “Living with Disabilities in New England, 1600–1900,” to be held in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in June 19–21, 2020. The purpose of the Dublin Seminar is to serve as a meeting place where scholars, students, and committed avocational researchers who share an interest in a specific subject can pool their knowledge and exchange ideas and methods.

The Dublin Seminar is now accepting proposals for papers and presentations that address the history of people living with disabilities in New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada from 1600 to 1900. The principal topic examined by this conference is how children and adults with disabilities experienced disability in everyday life.

Proposals might address the following questions:

  • How was disability defined during this period?
  • How did gender, race, and class intersect with the experience and meaning of disability?
  • What was the relationship between the law and disability?
  • How did people with disabilities interact with institutions ranging from religious organizations to state-sponsored hospitals to schools?
  • What is the history of disability within the context of military or industrial settings?
  • How did people with disabilities interact with material culture and technology, including but not limited to assistive technologies such as artificial limbs and hearing aids; clothing; landscapes and buildings; and service animals?
  • What is the relationship between medical history and disability history?

The Seminar encourages papers that reflect interdisciplinary approaches and original research, especially those based on material culture, archaeological artifacts, letters and diaries, vital records, federal and state censuses, as well as newspapers, visual culture, business records, recollections, autobiographies, and public history practice or advocacy at museums, archives, and elsewhere.

“Living with Disabilities in New England, 1600–1900,” will be held in Deerfield, Massachusetts, on the weekend of June 19–21, 2020, and will consist of approximately seventeen lectures of twentyminutes each. Professional development points will be available for public school teachers. Selected papers will appear as the 2020 Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar to be published about eighteen months after the conference.

The Dublin Seminar will be held in the Deerfield Community Center (DCC), Historic Deerfield’s public lecture facility. The DCC is wheelchair accessible via a ramp and has an accessible restroom. For information or questions regarding accessibility and/or the program or requests concerning other forms of accommodation, call Julie Orvis, Special Events Coordinator, (413) 775-7179 or email jorvis@historic-deerfield.org.

To submit a paper proposal for this conference, please submit (as a single email attachment, in Word or as a pdf) a one-page prospectus that describes the paper and its sources and a one-page vita or biography by March 10, 2020.

Please send proposals to: dublinseminar@historic-deerfield.org

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Posted: January 21, 2020
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