The InternationaL Big History Association Conference would like to announce a deadline extension for the Call for Papers to APRIL 15, 2012.
"Teaching and Researching Big History: Exploring a New Scholarly Field"
We are also being joined by the Midwest World History Association for their Third Annual Conference: "The Reshaping of Planet Earth: Connections Between Humans and the Environment in World History."
In addition to promoting the IBHA initiative, the IBHA Conference also seeks to initiate and generate dialog among scholars through a series of panels, roundtables, and discussions. The proposed outcome of the IBHA Conference is to stimulate interest in, and thinking about, Big History, and create a deeper understanding of its common origins. Also, very importantly, discussions on the expansion of scholarship in the pedagogy of Big History will be a primary focus. Among the topics that may be addressed at the conference are:
• Graduate Work in Big History
• Research Agendas in Big History
• The History of Big History
• Little Big Histories
• Teaching Big History (all levels and formats, including E-learning)
• The Politics and Future of Big History
Along with regular panels and roundtables, presentations might consist of:
• Question and answer sessions – where historians will be able to answer questions and discuss research questions that are worth pursuing
• Brainstorming sessions – with very short, provocative papers
• General discussion panels – where different points of view about Big History can be addressed in 5 minute increments, specifically addressing the different cultural perceptions of Big History
• Workshops – where participants will view short film fragments and other art forms chosen by Big Historians, and presentations on Big History from the artistic point of view from artists, musicians, and storytellers
• Conference roundup – with a keynote address that summarizes the most important things that have happened and what is learned from the conference
This is just a proposed submission guideline for planning purposes only. We encourage proposals on any topic related to Big History. A select group of papers will be included in a compilation of Big History Research that will be published after the 2012 Conference.
The time limit for presenting papers will be 20 minutes, and the deadline for submitting papers to the session moderator is three weeks in advance of the conference. Individual paper proposals must include a 100-200 word summary with the title of the paper, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers, and brief curriculum vitae, all integrated into a single file, preferably in MS-Word. Proposals for entire sessions or panels must contain the same information for each participant, as well as contact information and a brief C.V. for the moderator if you suggest one. (The program committee can help find moderators, if necessary.)
Please submit your paper or panel proposal through IBHA website at: www.ibhanet.org. The conference link allows for submission information. The extension deadline for paper and panel submissions is APRIL 15, 2012.
The IBHA Conference will convene at the DeVos Center at the Grand Valley State University Pew campus in Grand Rapids and at the Allendale campus. Attendees will have the option of selecting from one of several hotels in Grand Rapids or staying in on-campus accommodation.
Grand Rapids is a destination like no other: art, culture, dining, with world-class cultural museums and botanical gardens. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, brand new Grand Rapids Art Museum and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park are but a few of the many places to explore, while UICA is full of unique and thought-provoking contemporary art. Experience Grand Rapids at www.experiencegr.com.
Please find more details on the conference at www.ibhanet.org. We hope you can join us for this fantastic inaugural membership conference event!
Program Committee: David Christian, Cynthia Brown, Craig Benjamin, and Fred Spier
"The IBHA 2012 conference is intended to be a forum for open, honest, and wide-ranging academic discussions. All views and opinions expressed by participants during the IBHA conference are their sole responsibility. The IBHA does not assume any responsibility and/or liability for facilitating the expression of any views and opinions."
International Big History Association
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