Since the 1907 camp at Brownsea Island, the Scout movement has grown in strength and reputation to become the world’s largest voluntary service organization for young people. This 2008 academic symposium at Johns Hopkins University will celebrate and analyze the development of Scouting, both for boys and girls, in the context of the historical developments of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
While members of the Scout movement are welcome to participate, the conference will appeal particularly to the international scholarly community. The Conference is not affiliated with any international or national Scout or Guide organization.
The planned conference will begin on Friday, February 15, 2008, and will run through Saturday, February 16, in non-concurrent sessions. We request paper proposals that fit into the broad themes of the conference outlined below:
• History of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting/Guiding internationally
• Intellectual and educational roots of the movements
• Comparative youth movements
• Scouting and social/political issues (e.g. militarism, imperialism, race, gender)
• Scouting and its leaders
We seek papers by a broad variety of scholars at all levels of the historical profession and plan to provide financial assistance to scholars for travel to the conference. After the conference, the organizers hope to publish the papers in a special issue of a journal or as a book.
Proposals should be no more than 250 words and should be submitted, along with a current c.v., to the address below NO LATER THAN February 1, 2007. Participants will be notified by e-mail or mail (please provide both, if possible) no later than March 1, 2007, whether the proposal has been accepted. Full papers will be due by October 31, 2007.
• Matthew A. Crenson
Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
• Tammy M. Proctor
Department of History, Wittenberg University
• Nelson R. Block
Author of A Thing of the Spirit: The Life of E. Urner Goodman
CFP available online at: http://userpages.wittenberg.edu/tproctor/CFPScout.htm
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