The New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey State Archives, New Jersey State Museum and Kean University will cosponsor the 2014 New Jersey Forum to commemorate our state’s 350th anniversary. Among the confirmed speakers are David Hackett Fischer, Spencer Crew and Neil Maher. The conference will be offered at Kean University in Union, New Jersey on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, 2014. The Forum is one of the ways in which the Commission partners with its colleagues to accelerate its mission to preserve and promote New Jersey history. The event encourages new scholarship while fostering greater public awareness of state history and attracts a mixed audience which includes scholars, public historians and history enthusiasts.
2014 is New Jersey’s 350th anniversary year and the Forum will be organized based on the three commemorative themes of liberty, diversity and innovation. These themes enable a very broad interpretation of New Jersey history and afford us the opportunity to chronicle New Jersey’s three and a half-century history. The anniversary also allows us to identify areas that require further exploration and to examine important underutilized resources. Equally important is the timely consideration of the importance of studying the history of geographical locations like New Jersey as the field is focusing more on regional history.
Unlike previous Forums, for 2014 we are soliciting proposals for the presentation of research papers and posters sessions to enable greater participation in the conference from New Jersey’s many historic sites, museums, societies, libraries, etc. The Forum invites established and emerging scholars, educators, public historians and a broad spectrum of social science and humanities professionals to present new research that facilitates greater public awareness of New Jersey studies.
Due to the mixed audience attending the conference it is strongly encouraged that presentations focus on summarizing research conducted to inform the development of papers. However, individuals interested in presenting research papers are asked to indicate if they are willing to submit papers prior to the conference for pre-circulation. All pre-circulated papers will be due no later than September 9, 2014.
Some papers may also be selected for publication in New Jersey History, the online journal co-sponsored by Kean University, The New Jersey Historical Society and the New Jersey Historical Commission; and, hosted by Rutgers University Libraries’ Digital Highway.
Topics for papers and poster sessions related to the Mid-Atlantic region with an emphasis on New Jersey are welcome and may include not only traditional state history, but also archaeology, geography, fine and decorative arts, material culture, the humanities, literature, ethnic studies, the history of science and technology, labor and industry, public policy, religious history, and popular culture—all with special emphasis on new scholars. Papers and poster sessions that are developed using underutilized resources are strongly encouraged and may address one of the topics below: Depression-era New Jersey; New Jersey Post-World War II; history and memory; New Jersey’s Immigration History post-1960; New Jersey Urban, Labor, Women’s, Medical, Environmental and Social History.
Please email a 500-word abstract on the research paper you propose to present, or the poster session you propose to exhibit, to Chief Programs Officer Niquole Primiani at Niquole.firstname.lastname@example.org at the New Jersey Historical Commission by September 9, 2013. (If you do not receive confirmation of receipt within 48 hours please call 609-943-3307.) Your submission will be reviewed by the Forum Advisory Committee and you will be notified of the acceptance of your proposal no later than December 2013.
Proposals MUST include:
• contact information (address, telephone, e-mail);
• the title of the paper or poster session;
• a one-paragraph bio that includes your current professional affiliation and how you would like to be listed in Forum promotional materials;
• whether you would like to submit a paper for pre-circulation;
• an abstract of no more than 500 words; and,
• any audio-visual or electrical requirements necessary for your presentation or poster session.
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