Thursday, September 12, 2013

Call for Papers: Virginia Forum

March 13-15, 2014


We are happy to invite paper and panel proposals for the ninth annual Virginia Forum, which will be held at George Mason University on March 13-15, 2014. The Virginia Forum is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together academics, teachers, writers, archivists, museum curators, historic site interpreters, librarians, and others engaged in the study and interpretation of Virginia history and culture to share their knowledge, research, and experience. The Forum welcomes proposals from scholars, teachers, students, and professionals in all fields.

This year’s theme is “Traffic.” From familiar modern concerns with transportation to more general processes of commerce, both licit and illicit, to historic modes of exchange and interaction between people, issues of “Traffic” have pervaded Virginia's history. Potential topics might address (but are in no way limited to) such areas as:

• roads, canals, railroads, and related transportation infrastructure
• the economic, social, and cultural role of automobiles
• the history of particular businesses, industries, or commodities
• the slave trade, both domestic and international
• cultural contact and exchange between Euro-Americans and native peoples
• immigration and emigration
• the creation, maintenance, or transgression of racial boundaries

The theme is meant to inspire proposals, but it is not exclusive. Proposals on all topics related to the history and culture of Virginia are welcome, as are proposals for creative presentation formats, such as poster sessions, roundtables, workshops, or demonstrations.

Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2013

Please submit proposals by the deadline to:<>>

For Individual Presentations:
Please submit a one-page proposal and a one-page curriculum vitae with up-to-date contact information in a single Word/pdf document.

For Panels:
Proposals for complete panel sessions, workshops, etc. are encouraged. Submissions should include: 1) a one-page description of the overall session; 2) a separate, one-page description for each individual presentation in the session; and 3) a one-page curriculum vitae for each panel member, including the moderator, if one is included in the proposal. Please combine all of the above in a single Word/pdf document, and please be sure to include the email address and other contact  information for the panel’s primary organizer.

For Those Interested in Moderating a Session:
Please submit a brief description of your area(s) of interest/specialization and a one-page curriculum vitae with up-to-date contact information in a single Word/pdf document.

Additional information is available online at>.

Direct further inquiries to: vaforum@gmu.ed<