The next European Social Science History Conference is to be held in Ghent, Belgium from 13 to 16 April, 2010. We are inviting you to propose theme sessions for the network. Sessions composed around thematic, theoretical or conceptual questions will be preferred to geographical or epoch-related sessions. Even though cross-epoch conceptualisations can be difficult to compose, we think they might be particularly beneficial as they favour a comparative point of view. We also appreciate a global angle, as we hope to make participants from different parts of the world to work together on similar problems. By these new recommendations we wish to encourage new types of interaction among the Elites network contributors.
Contrary to the previous practice, a session organiser will be able to propose two participants at the most, keeping two places available for independent papers. The other two papers will be chosen in close cooperation with the organiser.
The growth of the conference, with the 1500 Lisbon participants, is clearly reaching its maximum. Therefore we may be compelled to limit the number of participants by applying a stricter selection of papers. We will be able to organize 17 sessions within the elite network 2010. It is essential that the Elites network participants continue to propose session themes and otherwise suggest possible new topics, in order to give coherence to the Elites programme. The Elites network 2010 call-for-papers will be published very soon.
We hope to have your session proposals by December the 1st, 2008. We are also looking forward to receiving individual paper proposals. Deadline for submitting paper proposals will be May 1st 2009, with no extensions. Please do send us also any other ideas you have for the next conference. There will be a number of timeslots kept in reserve for special sessions, sessions with a new/different format. For instance Meet the Author Sessions or real Roundtables or show a documentary and have a discussion with the director/producer. Feel free to propose different formats or ideas. To ensure that your proposal gets through to the network staff, please e-mail it to both chairs. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Our best regards,
Marja Vuorinen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
José Antonio Sánchez-Román (email@example.com)
ESSHC Elites network chairs
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