The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, the Huntington Library, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture invite proposals for papers to be presented at a conference on Permanence and the Built Environment of the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World. This conference, to be held at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California on October 3-4, 2008, will bring together scholars who study early modern building, cityscape, and landscape in western Europe, western Africa, the eastern seaboard of the Americas, and the Caribbean with the focus being on the issue of permanence. The research should relate to one of the following three topics: the importance attached to the permanence of the built environment; the relative durability of private and public buildings; the significance of threats to structural permanence including those from natural disasters and warfare and the success of protective responses such as municipal building codes, insurance, fire brigades, public works projects.
Proposals should be approximately 500 words and submitted along with a short CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to Permanence Conference, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, University of Southern California SOS 153, Los Angeles CA 90089-0034 by June 1, 2007. The conference committee will entertain proposals from scholars, regardless of discipline, whose research relates to the objectives described above. We hope to have papers that offer a good geographic mix, ones that do not over-represent, in terms of population, any geographical area Transatlantic treatments are especially encouraged. We also hope to have a diversity of research designs, including literary, quantitative, architectural, artistic and archaeological approaches. Papers will be pre-circulated, requiring authors to have finished their papers several weeks before the conference itself. Expenses of participants will be covered. Following the conference, the intent is to publish a volume. Further questions can be directed to Carole Shammas at email@example.com or Dept. of History, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 90089-0034.
USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute
University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA 90089-0034
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