The Future of the Past:
Practicing History in a New Millennium
Tennessee State University is proud to announce that it will host the 2006 Tennessee Conference of Historians on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. The conference will commence with a reception and dinner on Friday evening at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Paper sessions, workshops, and a luncheon featuring a keynote address by Professor Bobby Lovett (The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee: A Narrative History, 2005) will begin Saturday morning at the downtown Nashville Public Library.
The theme of the conference addresses the various ways in which the past is constructed, presented, and remembered. We believe that the 21st century will introduce novel approaches to our discipline that will affect published scholarship, classroom pedagogy, archival and manuscript preservation, public and museum exhibitions, and the role of libraries and state historical societies. This conference gives us the opportunity as a community to assess the future of our profession.
We invite paper and presentation submissions from scholars, teachers, and professionals who practice history in a variety of settings. We encourage contributions from all subject areas, approaches, and methodologies. The goal is to inspire meaningful dialogue between diverse groups of historical practitioners. As always, the TCH will provide a collegial forum for all of us to present our work before a large and engaged audience.
Please submit a one-page proposal for a 20-minute presentation and a brief c.v. no later than May 15, 2006. Complete panel proposals are welcome. Graduate student submissions are encouraged.
Conference organizers also welcome anyone who would like to serve as panel chairs, commentators, or on program committees. Thank you for your interest in the 2006 Tennessee Conference of Historians!
Michael T. Bertrand
Department of History, Geography
and Political Science
Tennessee State University
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