In observation of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania invites presentations for its Spring 2003 Symposium on “Exploration, Nation, Empire.” The symposium is part of a larger thematic focus in 2003 on “Pennsylvania and the Americas.”
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
the early Pennsylvania frontier
encounters with Native Americans
mapping the new nation
representations of nature
travel and exploration narratives
nation-building and manifest destiny
the mutual effects of expanding migration and settlement on both Philadelphia and the frontier
effects of increasing contact between Pennsylvania/Philadelphia and the southern hemisphere.
Presentation topics may explore any historical period, with a geographic focus on Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or the Mid-Atlantic region (comparative work including this geographic focus will also be considered). Symposium participants will be encouraged to submit versions of their papers to the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography for publication.
To submit, please send a 1-2 page abstract and brief CV/resume to the address below. Electronic submissions welcome via email.
Director of Education and Interpretation
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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