Professional historians in the United States are increasingly being called upon to produce more “popular,” more accessible history. How do and how should academic historians reach popular audiences? How and to what extent is popular history written around the world? Does the meaning of and audience for popular history vary from place to place? How do and how should historians interact with television and movie productions, write op-ed pieces and blogs, and serve as expert witnesses? Is there such a thing as a truly popular history? Do we need a distinctive popular history and are historians properly equipped to write it? We seek paper and panel proposals that will consider popular history in its various guises and locales.
We especially encourage panel proposals, though individual paper proposals are welcome as well. And our interpretation of “panel” is broad: 2 or more presenters constitute a panel—chairs and commentators are optional. As at past conferences, we hope for bold yet informal presentations that will provoke lots of questions and discussion from the audience, not presenters reading papers word-for-word from a podium followed by a commentator doing the same. Please submit proposals via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12/1/11.
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