Western Carolina University invites submissions of proposals for panels and individual papers for its annual Social History in the Mountains symposium to be held March 31, 2007. The Program Committee is encouraging papers from all geographical locations and fields. The Committee would especially encourage proposals from regular faculty at universities in the Southeast but is accepting proposals from all levels of scholarly endeavor.
Social history, broadly defined, is concerned with the defining the unique aspects of a given society, particularly in respect to change over time. American and European traditions of ‘doing’ social history have been largely divergent since World War II, with the European side showing a stronger Marxist influence. With the collapse of the Marxist paradigm, European historians have been searching for a new perspective on social history. The conference was founded with the idea of bridging the divide between different historiographical traditions, instigating discussions of what it means to practice social history, and providing perspectives on this critical juncture in historical thought. Papers are sought that are applications, expansions, or new perspectives on social history in any historical field.
Topics may include (but are not limited to)
War and Society
Sex and Gender
Social Rites and Rituals
For the first time, we are also soliciting facilitators for workshops on teaching aspects of social history.
Proposals should include title of workshop or paper, a 150 word abstact for the individual papers, full name of the participants, institutional affiliations, and addresses (US mail and email) and a phone number. Some travel funds may be available.
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