The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US; its members share a common concern for interdisciplinary approaches to historical problems. The organization's long-standing interest in methodology also makes SSHA meetings exciting places to explore new solutions to historical problems. We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more-established scholars, from a wide range of disciplines and departments. The 2008 conference will be held at the Hotel InterContinental Miami, Miami, Florida, USA. Historians are interested in the past. But when exactly does the past end or the present begin? After a decade of sophisticated theorizing about space, it may be time for a fresh look at time.
The 2008 Program Committee especially seeks panel proposals that will focus on questions related to time in interdisciplinary research. Do different social science disciplines specify the temporal dimensions of the past differently? How does periodization of the past figure across disciplines? Is time just another kind of space? Does history’s concern with the past make its understanding of causation different from other disciplines? What are the advantages and disadvantages of treating time as a sequence of distinct eras rather than as a continuous flow, a progression or evolution, or a repeating cycle? Do concepts of time differ in analysis of the life of a person, a business enterprise, a political regime or a nation? Papers and panels that explore how temporality matters in the methods of history, the humanities, or the social sciences are particularly encouraged. So are panels that encourage dialogue among historians and advocates and practitioners of, for example, “time geography” or the “sociology of time.”
The SSHA program is developed through networks of people interested in particular topics or approaches to interdisciplinary history. Paper and session proposals can be submitted to Urban Network at ssha.org. Paper proposals for the urban network should include a title, abstract, and contact information (address, phone number, and email) for each author. Panel proposals should include a panel title, paper titles and abstracts, and contact information for each panel participant.
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2008.
Julian C. Chambliss
Department of History
1000 Holt Avenue-2762
Winter Park, FL 32789
Urban Network Co-Chair, Social Science History Association
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