The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and NASA's History Office invite proposals for papers to a special symposium commemorating a century of aerospace research and development. On March 3, 1915, the U.S. Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. In honor of that centennial, NASA and NASM will team to present a symposium on the history of the NACA. This historical symposium will be held in Washington, District of Columbia, on March 3-4, 2015.
All are invited to submit proposals. Major themes to be addressed in the symposium include: organizational history, aerospace research, specific R&D projects, social, economic and/or political history, the NACA culture and its evolution, aerospace innovation, and evolution of partnerships. All papers are envisioned as scholarly contributions exploring broad thematic issues and questions.
Contributions from international scholars and graduate students with an interest in this history are welcome. Some travel support scholarships may be available for international scholars and graduate students. Please indicate your interest in a need statement included with your paper proposal. A subset of these papers will form a scholarly publication.
Proposals should include a title and an abstract, as well as the author's curriculum vita, and travel support need statement (as appropriate). Please send all proposals, in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief vita electronically to Dr. William P. Barry, NASA chief historian, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Dr. Roger D. Launius, associate director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the National Air and Space Museum, email@example.com. The deadline for abstract submissions is Sept. 30, 2014.
Decisions about acceptance and support will be made by Nov. 1, 2014.
Roger D. Launius
Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
202-633-2428 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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