26 January 2016

Call for Papers: 2016 Annual Meeting

Call for Papers
2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Where: Newport, Rhode Island
When: 22-24 September 2016 with possible tour on 25 September

Theme: The Mariner's Life: At Home, Abroad, and At Sea

Papers, 20 minutes in length, are invited on all aspects of this theme, from navigation to piracy, from sailor's wives to shipwrecks, from slavery to food, shipboard entertainment, and the law of the sea. A featured part of the conference will be the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project and its work locating British ships, including Cook's bark Endeavour, lost off the Rhode Island coast during the Revolutionary War.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals from SHD members, scholars, and independent researchers that address all aspects of geographical discovery and exploration. Preference will be given to those papers that are particularly aligned with the conference theme, but all paper proposals of high quality, regardless of geographic orientation, will be considered.

The audience at SHD meetings is diverse and includes academics and members of various professions. All are especially interested in the processes and consequences of geographical exploration and discovery. Presenters are encouraged to use images (maps, paintings, photographs, etc.). For the benefit of the audience all visuals have to be presented as PowerPoint compatible projections.

Paper Proposals are Due February 15, 2016
  • the title of the presentation 
  • the author’s name and address, including email address and affiliation 
  • an abstract summarizing the paper’s scope and conclusions (maximum of 500 words) 
  • a statement about the originality of the contents of the paper: how much is new, unpublished material, based on research in primary sources, etc. 
  • a statement indicating whether power point or other digital media will be used and whether internet access is necessary for the presentation. 
  • a brief biographic sketch of the author(s) 
SHD welcomes submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars. 

Paper proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments, with the subject line SHD 2016, to:

Dr. Marguerite Ragnow, Program Committee Chair

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ragnow at ragn0001@umn.edu or 612-624-6895

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