The Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University and the Minnetrista Cultural Center invite paper and panel proposals for its second annual Small Cities Conference. The purpose of the conference is to explore the distinctive challenges that have confronted and still confront small cities, municipalities with a population between 40,000 to 100,000 people. Professor Kenneth T. Jackson of Columbia University, author of Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985) will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Professor Jackson was scheduled to give the keynote lecture at the inaugural Small Cities Conference in 2001 but was forced to postpone his visit due to the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11.
Proposals for papers and sessions dealing with the historical, economic, political, social, educational, and cultural aspects of the small city experience will be considered. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on small cities in North America, but proposals from scholars who are studying topics in European cities will also be considered. The conference organizers encourage submissions from social scientists, humanists, urban planners, public officials, journalists, and educators in the elementary and secondary schools. Submissions from graduate students are also encouraged.
Proposals for complete panels, including two or three papers, a chair, and a commentator, are requested. We will also consider proposals for single papers and for roundtable sessions. All proposals should include a one-page description of each paper and a brief c.v. for each participant. Proposals for complete sessions should also include a brief (no more than 500 words) discussion of the common issues raised in the panel. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2002. Send proposals to Bruce Geelhoed at the address below.
The conference will be held November 1-2, 2002 at the Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, IN. Accepted papers must be completed and received by August 24, 2001.
Center for Middletown Studies
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Phone: (765) 285-8037
Fax: (765) 285-3571
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