CALL FOR PAPERS
18th Ulster-American Heritage Symposium
June 24-27, 2010
Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
The Ulster-American Heritage Symposium convenes every two years, alternating between educational institutions in Northern Ireland and the southeastern United States, to explore the significant historical and cultural transatlantic ties that migration has created among the Scottish Lowlands, Ulster, Atlantic Canada, and the American backcountry. Its multidisciplinary presentations offer the latest insights in understanding the relations, links, and parallels that have developed between the old and new Atlantic worlds. The American meetings typically focus on the experience of those immigrants popularly known as the Scotch (or Scots)-Irish.
Proposals are invited for original presentations 15-20 minutes in length, addressing fields such as history, language and literature, folklore and folk life, archaeology, economics, religion, social and political relations, music, and craft, as well as other fields and combinations of fields, that examine the past 300 years. In light of recent books by US Senator James Webb, Jeff Biggers, and others, and the emergence of a national focus on “Obama’s Appalachian problem” in the recent presidential election, presentations addressing issues of identity are especially welcome.
Proposals must include the name of the presenter(s), title of presentation, a maximum one-page abstract of the presentation, and a maximum two-page vita for each presenter. Proposals should be emailed to Scott Philyaw (Philyaw@email.wcu.edu). Review of proposals will begin December 1, 2009, and presenters will be notified of their selection by December 15. Further information can be found on the Mountain Heritage Center’s website, www.wcu.edu/mhc.
L. Scott Philyaw
Director, Mountain Heritage Center
Associate Professor of History
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
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