European Social Science History Conference 2012 (April 11 up to and including April 14 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland)

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Call for Papers / Call for Session Organisers Culture Network (Deadline May 1, 2011)

The Culture Network, one of the larger networks within the ESSHC, invites you to offer a proposal for a paper or a session for the 2012 Conference. The ESSHC will take place from Wednesday April 11 up to and including April 14 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

This is an open call. You are free to suggest any theme for the 2010 Conference as long as it relates to cultural history in its broadest sense. However, please note that the networks will be especially selective again this year since the number of possible sessions is limited. The Culture Network can accommodate 17 sessions. Papers stand a better chance of being selected if they fit together with other papers, and the best way to ensure this is to organise a session, or a group of sessions, yourself. If you wish to do so it will be wise to discuss your proposal beforehand with the Chairs of the Culture Network:

Marga Altena, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
Joris van Eijnatten, Utrecht University, Department of History, NL
Magdalena Elchinova, New Bulgarian University, Department of Anthropology,

How to propose a paper: Fill out the pre-registration form on the Internet: Include an abstract of your paper (100-500 words). Please send in your form as soon as possible, but before May 1, 2011 at the latest. No individual may present more than one paper. However, every participant can act as a chair or commentator in addition to presenting a paper. A participant cannot act as chair or commentator in the same session he/she is presenting a paper.

How to organise a session: Gather four speakers who each will present a paper on a related topic, a commentator who will introduce the discussion with a prepared comment on the papers and a chair. The roles of the session organizer, chair and commentator can be fulfilled by the same or by different persons. Confirm participation and arrange with these individuals the (date of) exchange of papers and the way the session will be conducted. If possible, have one or more substitute speakers at hand in case of withdrawal of one of the speakers. Submit the proposal for a session with a pre-registration form for each individual speaker. The deadline for this is May 1, 2011, but please send your form as early as possible. Contact the speakers regularly; to make sure that the preparation of the session is progressing, as you would want it to be.

All creative proposals are welcome, as long as sessions do last not more than two hours and give ample opportunity for the participation of the audience in discussions. Session organisers should make arrangements made for the distribution of papers among participants well before the conference, in order to enable discussions.

Note that the deadline for submitting your proposal (May 1, 2011) is fixed. Proposals submitted after this date will not be accepted.