CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND PARTICIPANTS
WESTERN LANDS, WESTERN VOICES:
The American West Center at Fifty
A Symposium on Public Engagement in the Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
September 19-21, 2014
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Participation: We seek submissions from college and university based scholars, community based organizations and institutions, state and local historical and cultural entities, and indigenous Nations. The symposium will engage diverse fields including history, anthropology, political science, ethnic studies, literature, cultural studies, and the arts. We strongly encourage participants and projects that span disciplinary divides. Submissions from graduate students, early career scholars, and community based scholars are particularly encouraged, as are those that address innovative ways of reaching public audiences.
Topics: We are seeking proposals for panels, sessions, and individual presentation that illustrate the power and potential of publicly engaged scholarship. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Indigenous Sovereignty
- Cultural Preservation and Indigenous Peoples
- Oral History Methods and Applications
- Community Based History Projects
- Environmental Policy and Politics
- Public Lands Management and History
- Literary and Artistic Representations of the American West
Session Formats: We are seeking submissions for sessions and presentations in a range of formats. Traditional research presentations are welcome, but we encourage collaborative formats such as roundtables and the NCPH’s “working group” format. Working Groups connect individuals working on similar projects or problems through the discussion of pre-circulated scholarship.
For complete panel or session proposals a designated contact person should submit a single PDF document that includes a one-page (approx. 250 word) abstract describing the general purpose of the session as well as one-paragraph presentation abstracts and one-page CV’s for each of the session participants. Contact information (address, phone number, and email) for all participants must be provided.
Individual presentation proposals should include a one-page abstract as well as a one-page CV with complete contact information (address, phone number, and email) . We will do our best to match individual submissions to create viable sessions.
Working Group Submissions should be made by individuals planning to serve as facilitators for the group. They should include a one-page abstract describing the central issue that the group will address and a one-page CV with complete contact information (address, phone number, and email). If the proposed topic is selected we will assist the facilitator in recruiting appropriate working group members.
All submissions should be sent in PDF format to AmericanWestCenter50@gmail.com by April 15, 2014.
Please contact the American West Center at (801) 581-7611 if you have any questions.