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CALL FOR PAPERS, ORGANIZED SESSIONS, FILMS, AND TOURS
41ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON D.C. HISTORICAL STUDIES
Washington, D.C., November 20-23, 2014
Hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.,
Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square
Submission Deadline: May 18, 2014
Making New Washingtons: Historical Consciousness in a Transforming City
You are invited to take part in the 41st Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies.
Proposals are now being reviewed for individual papers, organized panels, new films, walking tours, author talks on new books, and practical workshops on research or material preservation. All topics related to the history of metropolitan Washington, D.C., including nearby Maryland and Virginia, as well as the federal government, are welcome. Don’t miss this opportunity to reach the conference audience of scholars, students, and interested members of the public eager for this lively consideration of all things D.C.
The theme for the 41st Annual Conference is “Making New Washingtons: Historical Consciousness in a Transforming City.” At this time of great change and new development, historians are invited to consider the present in the context of earlier periods of ferment and dramatic change, including, but not limited to, regrouping after the burning of Washington 200 years ago, the “New Washington” era of Reconstruction following the Civil War, the Great Migration following World War I, and the waves of immigration in the second half of the 20th century. Presentations that compare D.C. to other urban centers are especially relevant and encouraged.
The conference theme is not meant to be exclusive. Submissions based on all new research on D.C. history topics are welcome. Past presentations have considered:
• D.C. governance
• education and schools
• ethnicity and race relations
• labor relations
• oral history techniques
• reviews of archival collections.
Conference panels are moderated and last one hour and 15 minutes. Typically, three speakers each take 20 minutes to present their papers, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion with audience participation. Individuals are encouraged, though not required, to organize panels and supply moderators.
The conference opens with the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture and the all-conference reception, honoring the memory of this pioneering scholar of African American history. This year’s speaker will be announced at a later date.
You are also invited to take part in the Friday lunch hour History Network, a forum where history-related organizations and vendors display materials explaining their activities and services.
For a flavor of past conferences, see the following programs from previous years; click:
The deadline for submissions is May 18, 2014. Submissions should be submitted online at: http://cdchs.submittable.com/submit
PLEASE NOTE: Participants planning to use a PowerPoint slide show or other audio or video complement will be required either to submit their presentation two weeks in advance (preferred) OR bring their presentation on a thumb drive for loading in advance of their session. More information will be provided at a later date. Projectors and computers will be supplied.
Submit a 200-word abstract of your paper, including your professional title and institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information (email), and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.
Submit a brief description of the session with role of each panelist, professional titles and institutional affiliations (if applicable), a 200-word abstract for each paper presenter, contact information for the panel organizer/primary contact, and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.
Submit a brief description of your film including topic, running time, ages of audiences for which it is suitable, whether it is a finished piece or work in progress, and whether you would like additional time for audience feedback and discussion.
Submit a description of your tour’s topic, location, length (running time and distance), start and stop points, ages of audiences, and the guide’s professional title, institutional affiliation, other relevant background as appropriate, and contact information.
Submit contact information and a description of your published book including publication date and indicate whether you are able to sell or are interested in selling books on site. Authors selling books are asked to supply a volunteer to handle transactions without assistance of conference staff.
Submit a description of your workshop including all IT/audio-visual requirements as well as requirements for tables or other display areas and contact information.
History Network Participation
The History Network marketplace of ideas takes place on Friday, November 21st. In addition to contact information, please indicate whether you need an entire six-foot display table, or can share with another presenter.
The 41st Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies is co-sponsored by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Friends of Washingtoniana Division, George Washington University, H-DC http://www.h-net.org/~dclist/, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library.
Questions, email Matthew Gilmore at email@example.com, or call (202) 746-6675