The National Council on Public History invites proposals for presentations for its 2008 Annual Meeting to be held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. For this election-year conference, our theme will be "Public Histories of Union and Disunion." We invite proposals for sessions, presentations, panels, roundtables, poster sessions, and workshops that explore the role(s) public history has played in civic life, and particularly ways in which public history has been harnessed to foster unity, provoke division, or make sense of controversy. Suggested broad topics within this theme might include: deployments of history in political arenas; assessments of “civic engagement” initiatives; the challenges inherent in the interpretation of sites and events associated with wounds that divide the public; and the consequences when competing histories are ascribed to the same place, event, or person. The committee also welcomes proposals that explore other issues related to the impact of the public history enterprise on civic health and to the practice and teaching of public history.
The Program Committee prefers the submission of complete session proposals (including panels and roundtables), but will accept individual presentations for consideration as well. The committee also invites proposals for sessions in formats beyond the usual paper session, and encourages presenters in more traditional sessions to dispense with the reading of papers.
All proposals must include the following:
# A cover page listing ground and email addresses, phone number, and affiliation of each participant;
# An abstract of no more than 500 words for the session as a whole together with brief summaries of no more than 150 words for each paper or presentation;
# A two-page c.v. or resume for each participant; and
# Any requests for audio-visual equipment for the session. (We will try to accommodate requests that fit within the annual meeting’s budget.)
Workshop proposals should follow NCPH guidelines, which are available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual proposal submissions should follow the requirements outlined above. The Program Committee will make every effort to construct sessions from topically related single proposals. All presenters and other conference participants are expected to register for the annual meeting.
Send proposals to: email@example.com, subject line: 2008 Program Proposal
Or via regular mail (submit one copy only):
NCPH 2008 Program Chair
327 Cavanaugh Hall - IUPUI
425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
No FAX submissions accepted.
Proposal Deadline: postmarked or received electronically by September 4, 2007
National Council on Public History
327 Cavanaugh - IUPUI
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140
Phone:(317) 274-2718; Fax:(317) 278-5230
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