Call for Papers - 77th Anglo-American Conference of Historians
2 to 4 July 2008
Communication is central to all human relationships and to the functioning of all societies. Its nature from classical times to the present day is therefore an appropriate topic for the 77th Anglo-American Conference, especially since it is nowadays an extremely topical subject – witness contemporary agendas of consultation and listening to the public and of knowledge transfer, the past decade’s near obsession with the effective management of message, the role of the media, and current debates about the ICT revolution and its contribution to so-called globalisation.
The organisers will therefore welcome proposals for sessions and individual papers on all aspects of communication between human beings across a broad chronological and geographical range, and between and within organisations, states, religions, societies and cultures, with contributions welcome from historians of all places and periods. Among the areas which would be especially welcomed are the use and reception of all forms of media over the centuries, the impact of technological change on communication of all kinds, the role of literate and non-literate forms of communication, communication across linguistic, ethnic, religious and ideological boundaries, and the role of communication in the operation and dynamics of religions, states and communities.
Communication and its complexities are associated with a host of subjects of historical enquiry whose number is almost infinite, among which are, communication through travel, trade and commerce, through migration, through visual media (e.g. art and architecture), through propaganda, through advertising, through preaching and translation, through the spread of religions, cultures and ideologies, through the construction of roads and bridges, and across generations, gender and cultural and linguistic boundaries. It is also intended to use the conference to revisit some aspects of issues tackled in recent IHR conferences, such as History and the Media and History and the Public.
Subjects which might be addressed in sessions are:
how states, empires and religions have tried to communicate their central messages, and how far they have been successful.
communication across language, cultural, gender, ethnic racial and religious boundaries.
the impact of technological changes on methods of communication, and what contemporaries thought of these changes.
literate and non-literate forms of communication.
the creation of histories and narratives as mechanisms to communicate a particular version of the past in the present.
communication and the maintenance of within societies of non-official beliefs, ideologies and knowledge.
the potential and problems for historians of contemporary change in methods of communication.
If you wish to submit either a session (usually consisting of three twenty minute papers and thirty minutes of discussion) or a paper to be included in a session by the organisers with other suitable papers, you should provide the title of your proposed talk, a short synopsis, a statement of academic affiliation and of professional status. If you are proposing a session, please could you nominate a Chair as well as speakers. The closing date for submissions is 31 October 2007. We will inform you whether your proposal has been accepted by 31 January 2008 at the latest.
Proposals should be sent to:
Samantha Jordan (Samantha.Jordan@sas.ac.uk),
Institute of Historical Research
University of London, Senate House
London, WC1E 7HU.
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