The Allen Morris Conference Committee and the Florida State University History Department announce a Call for Papers for the fourth biennial Allen Morris Conference on the History of Florida and the Atlantic World, to be held in Tallahassee, Florida, February 25-26, 2006. The conference theme is "Which Centers and Whose Peripheries? Hybrid Societies and Overlapping Boundaries in Florida and the Atlantic World." Professor Jack P. Greene, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, will present the keynote address entitled "The Cultural Dimensions of Political Transfers: An Aspect of the European Occupation of the Americas."
In keeping with this theme, the Program Committee invites papers that investigate questions of cultural retention and cultural exchange during periods of political change. When a new political power appears, how much of their existing culture and legal structures were the previous inhabitants able to retain? Were they able to maintain more under some conditions as opposed to others? To what extent were existing forms of law overridden or retained? In the process of cultural reformulation, what sorts of cultural and political negotiations occurred? Were some established cultures more resilient than others? Were some invading cultures more permissive or more conducive to hybridization than others?
The Program Committee also seeks papers that serve to integrate Florida into its wider Atlantic context, as Florida's geographical location has provided myriad connections to a much larger world. Papers might address a wide array of subjects including race and ethnicity as elements of cultural evolution, political ideologies in flux in times of upheaval, or 20th Century cultural preservation movements in Florida.
The Program Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or complete panels. Electronic submissions are accepted. Interested applicants should submit a proposal of no more than 300 words for each paper and a brief curriculum vitae for each participant. Individuals interested in serving as a chair or commentator should forward a vita as well. All submissions must be received no later than April 1, 2005. All materials should be sent to:
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