The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina will host the first Media & Civil Rights History Symposium on March 18-19, 2011. This event is designed to bring together civil rights and media historians to share scholarly knowledge on the vital relationships between civil rights movements and issues and various types of public communication in the modern world. We welcome scholars from various disciplines, and we invite work that approaches civil rights and media history from a range of contexts, perspectives, and periods.
Call for Papers and Panel Proposals
Symposium organizers are currently accepting proposals for individual papers and panel sessions on all aspects of the historical relationship between media and civil rights. We encourage submissions from graduate students. The deadline for paper and panel proposal submission is Nov. 1, 2010.
A complete proposal will include the following:
•An abstract of no more than 500 words, for both papers
• A one-page curriculum vitae for each paper author or
• Complete contact information for each paper author or
panelist, including email addresses.
• Panel proposals should provide a panel title and indicate the
Submissions should be sent via first class U.S. Mail or overnight delivery. Late or emailed submissions will not be considered.
In conjunction with the symposium, we also announce the Farrar Media Civil Rights History Award. Honoring University of South Carolina Professor Emeritus Ronald T. Farrar and his wife, Gayla D. Farrar, this new award recognizes the best journal article or chapter in an edited collection on the
historical relationship between the media and civil rights.
Submitted articles or chapters should be works of historical scholarship and must have been published in 2009 or 2010. We encourage submissions that
address the media and civil rights from a range of historical contexts, periods, and perspectives.
Scholars may nominate and submit their own work or the work of others by
sending three copies of the article/ chapter and a cover letter describing the
merits of the work. The winner will receive a plaque and $1,000. To receive the award, the winner must agree to present his or her work in a featured address at the symposium. The winner’s symposium expenses will be covered. A national panel of experts will judge the contest.
Mail papers, panel proposals and award nominations postmarked by Nov. 1, 2010 addressed to:
Kathy Roberts Forde
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
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