Call for Papers: Society for historians of the early republic

By October 6, 2009

Given our blog’s audience, this year’s theme and location seems oddly appropriate. Feel free to use the thread to assemble panels.

Call for Papers for SHEAR 2010

Rochester, New York

“Contested Terrain and the Early Republic,” the 32nd annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, will be hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology, July 22-25, 2010. The Program Committee invites proposals for sessions and papers exploring all aspects of the history and culture of the early American republic, together with its northern and southern borderlands and international connections, c. 1776-1860. Proposals that reflect the application of new methodologies or perspectives, or that explore new approaches to teaching and to public history are welcome. Given the conference’s location, we particularly encourage papers and panels that address such themes as the emergence of markets and communications; Native American history; Canada and the Great Lakes region; the 1812 War; religious awakenings; slavery, abolition, the underground railroad, and reform movements; women’s rights; urbanization; consumption; visual culture and the origins of photography. We welcome participants from outside the traditional boundaries of the field.

The Program Committee will consider proposals for individual papers and for full sessions; panels with no more than two papers and two commentators are preferred. We also welcome workshops with pre-circulated papers, or sessions in which panelists assess the state of debate on a topic. Each proposal should include a brief abstract of the session, together with a one-page abstract of each paper and a short C.V. for each participant, including the chair and commentator(s). It should also specify any special requirements, such as audio-visual equipment, outlets, or facilities for disability. Any scholar interested in acting as a session chair or commentator should submit a short C.V. Please note that all program participants will be required to register for the conference. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2009.

Please send submissions to the Program Committee Chair:

Christopher Clark

Department of History

University of Connecticut

Wood Hall, 241 Glenbrook Road, U-2103

Storrs, CT 06269-2103, U. S. A.

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  1. Matt, do you know if SHEAR has had papers presented on Mormon topics at past conferences?

    Comment by Christopher — October 7, 2009 @ 7:43 am

  2. Chris: I know last year the JSP folks had a session.

    Comment by Ben — October 7, 2009 @ 7:54 am

  3. Ah, that’s right. Thanks, Ben.

    Comment by Christopher — October 7, 2009 @ 10:23 am

  4. At the recent Springfield SHEAR session I spoke with a non-member fellow who had presented on a JS topic at the previous year’s conference. This year, in addition to our JSP session there was another session that included a Mormon history paper. Larry Foster was the respondent in that session and did just a marvelous job.

    Comment by Alex — October 8, 2009 @ 9:26 am

  5. Good to know. Thanks, Alex.

    Comment by Christopher — October 8, 2009 @ 9:37 am


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