The Society for History in the Federal Government welcomes submissions for its annual meeting, Federal History and the Public Audience, at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, April 4-5, 2014.
It is well known that federal historians serve policymakers in their respective institutions, providing background information and historical context for informed governmental decisions. Yet, federal historians and others who produce historical work also play a unique and important role in providing crucial information and historical context for an informed citizenry. In nearly every agency of the government, from the National Park Service to the Department of Defense, these professionals work to educate citizens about the history of the United States and to make government processes more transparent. The Annual Meeting will explore the many ways in which federal historians enrich the public sphere and contribute to the public dialogue, as well as the tensions inherent is serving multiple audiences.
The program committee invites proposals on a broad array of topics including, but not limited to, congressional history, military history, history of civil rights, foreign relations, history of the judiciary, historical sites and interpretation, digital history, records management, government openness verses secrecy, and the challenges of declassification.
We encourage panels composed of practitioners with a variety of backgrounds and experiences including federal historians, public historians, academic historians, park rangers, archivists, preservationists, records managers, and those who work in declassification of federal records. The Program Committee particularly welcomes participation from graduate students contemplating careers in federal history. Entire panels, roundtables, as well as individual papers will be considered.
Details about the call for papers, proposal submission guidelines, and the conference location are available on the SHFG website: www.shfg.org/shfg/events/annual-meeting
Proposals are due no later than January 31, 2014.
All inquiries may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program committee chairs:
Carl Ashley, SHFG, email@example.com
Terrance Rucker, SHFG, Terrance.Rucker@mail.house.gov
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