CALL FOR PAPERS, EXTENDED DEADLINE: Organizers seek single paper and panel proposals to mark the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War era in the Greater Ohio River Valley. The conference, scheduled for 8-10 September 2011, will be held at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Papers and panels dealing broadly with issues relating to the Civil War and Ohio and emphasizing social, cultural, military, and political examinations of the age of sectionalism are particularly welcome, as are those dealing with such issues as Ohio’s abolition movement, the Underground Railroad, the Secession Crisis, military mobilization, and the home front.
Friday night, Sept. 8, will feature plenary speaker John Stauffer of Harvard University, author of the prize-winning book The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race and GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Saturday at lunchtime features Christine Dee of Fitchburg State University and editor of Ohio's War: The Civil War in Documents. Both talks are free and open to the public. U.S. Grant biographer Brooks Simpson will lead a teacher workshop on Saturday.
Proposals should include a short one-page CV for each participant and an abstract of no more than 250 words for each paper. Panel proposals should also include a 100 word overview of the panel’s relationship to the conference theme. Proposals should be submitted electronically by April 15, 2011 to Professor Robert Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants may submit their papers for possible publication by Kent State University Press, which publishes the foremost scholarly journal of the war—Civil War History Journal and the book series, the Civil War in the North.
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