Recognizing Providence, Rhode Islandís legacy of global connections, dissent, activism, and innovation, the 2009 NCPH Program Committee invites proposals that explore how expansive visions have shaped and might continue to transform the practice of public history. The committee encourages dialogue that transcends boundaries of geography, academic discipline, and tradition in the spirit of looking outward from our existing vantage point to broader horizons. We look forward to proposals that connect local stories to international issues, capture the role of activism in public history and related disciplines (i.e. public anthropology, folklore, art, economics, and sociology), speak to social justice and environmental politics, commemorate individuals who have brought about change, and, more generally, innovative ideas in the content and practice of museums, historic sites, archives, and other public venues.
The Program Committee prefers the submission of complete session proposals (including panels and roundtables), but will accept individual presentations for consideration as well and will make every effort to construct sessions from topically related single proposals. 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.
NCPH will be using an online proposal submission form this year, available at http://www.ncph.org. Please have all of the following information ready at the time of submitting your proposal.
- Name and contact information for session/event organizer, the person who will be the main liaison with the NCPH office and 2009 Program Committee
- Complete mailing address, email, telephone number, and affiliation for each participant
- Format of the session/event/presentation (single paper, session, roundtable, Working Group, or other, etc.)
- 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 (maximum) c.v. or resume for each participant
- Audio-visual/technology requests (It is important to note any special A-V, technology, or room setup requests early so that the conference organizers can try to address them.)
All conference attendees, including presenters and other participants, are expected to register for the annual meeting. Some Program Committee funds may be available to assist participants, such as individuals from outside the United States, who might not normally attend a public history conference and whose presence would increase the diversity of the program. Proposals must indicate if any one on the panel will be requesting NCPH assistance from the committee. Workshop proposals should follow NCPH guidelines, which are available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit proposals using online form at http://www.ncph.org by September 3, 2008.
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