A Student of History

September 11, 2007

SHEAR 2008

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 6:25 am

Call for Papers

“Unmasking the Myths: Connecting the Personal and Political in the Early Republic,” the 30th annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 17-20, 2008.  American historic memory has been shaped by several powerful myths, from the genius of the founding “fathers” to the heroic fictional female soldier Molly Pitcher who manned the cannon when her husband fell at the Battle of Monmouth. Behind these myths are more complicated stories about inclusion and exclusion, the shifting boundaries between publicity and privacy, and forgotten debates about civic identity, political rights, and nationhood.  The Program Committee invites proposals for sessions and papers that explore and question the dominant myths of the early republic and provide new approaches for integrating social and cultural conditions into the narrative of political history.  We especially encourage papers that break down barriers between personal and public lives, analyze the uses of public opinion by those outside the formal political system, and acknowledge the impact of local and state law and politics as well as federal politics and policy.  We also welcome papers that address the mythic portraits of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, and uncover religious and legal issues, military and sectional conflicts, in addition to economic conditions and social divisions that have been lost from our understanding of the past.

The Program Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers and full sessions.  We also welcome submissions that move beyond conventions of the paper-comment format, including sessions in which panelists assess the state of a particular debate and workshops with pre-circulated papers.  Proposals should include a brief abstract (no more than 500 words) for the panel/session as well as one-page abstracts (250 words) for each paper and brief vitas (500 words) for each participant, including chairs and commentators.  Every session proposal must include a single coversheet that lists for every participant a complete and updated mailing address, e-mail, phone number, and a current affiliation.  Please note that all participants must register for the conference.  All program participants must be members of SHEAR; this requirement is waived only for those who work in academic disciplines other than history.  The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2007.

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