Library History Seminar XI: “Libraries in Times of War, Revolution & Social Change,” will be held at the Allerton Conference Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on October 27-30, 2005. The conference theme is a particularly timely one in terms of recent history--the pillage and burning of Iraq's National Library in Spring of 2003 sent cultural shock waves around the world. The apparent contradictions of libraries, traditionally taken to represent stability and continuity, and wars and revolutions, which involve rapid change and social disruption, suggest a number of urgent historical questions.
Paper sessions featuring scholars from seven countries will focus on the histories of library collection and services in the context of particular conflicts, populations, eras, and geographic locations. Keynote speakers from North and South America, Europe and Asia will examine and discuss historical and contemporary libraries in times of social crisis and violent dislocation.
Full program details, including registration materials, are available at www.lis.uiuc.edu/conferences/LHS.XI/ Space at the conference venue is limited--advance registration is strongly recommended. For additional information, please contact Kathy Painter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Champaign, IL 61820-6211
Phone: (217) 333-8739 or (800) 982-0914
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