The Historical Society of Pennsylvania invites presentations for its 2005 Symposium, “Pennsylvanians Behaving Badly: Violence, Disorder, and Transgression.” The symposium, to be held on November 5, 2005,is part of HSP’s larger thematic focus in 2005 on “Law and Disorder.” The symposium aims to explore the ways in which violence and transgression mark social, economic and political fault lines and define or redefine individuals’ and groups’ relationships to one another and the state.
Presenters are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly and 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). Possible presentation topics include but are not limited to: frontier violence, nativist or other riots, gang warfare and street crime, industrial violence and labor/capital conflicts, popular rebellion, hate crimes, gender or sexual transgressions, racial constructions of disorder, civil disobedience or popular protest, or political scandals.
Symposium participants will be encouraged to submit versions of their papers to the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography for publication.
Please respond by July 1, 2005. To submit, please send a 500-700 word abstract and brief CV/resume through mail or e-mail, to:
Director of Education and Interpretation
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.hsp.org
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