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Annual Meeting

Fifty-fifth Annual Meeting
Society for the History of Discoveries
October 30 – November 2, 2014
Austin, Texas

SHD Annual Meeting 2014
Preliminary Information

Call for Papers


The Program Committee of the Society for the History of Discoveries invites those wishing to make a presentation at the forthcoming meeting of the Society in Austin Texas to submit a proposal to the chair of the committee at their earliest convenience: (Prof. James Matthews, Chair, French and Italian, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington IL 61702-2900, USA / 309-556-3571).

The deadline for submissions is April 11, 2014.

The committee welcomes proposals from SHD members, scholars, and the general public that address the following areas of interest:

•    in light of the special exhibit of the recovered ship of Sieur de la Salle, La Belle displayed at the Texas State History Museum during our meeting, all areas of French exploration and French mapping of the United States,
•    all aspects of geographical discovery, mapping, and exploration of Texas and the American Southwest,
•    aspects of geographical discovery, mapping and exploration of general interest.

Because of the association of this meeting with the Texas State History Museum exhibition of La Belle, special consideration will be given to presentations related to French exploration, but we will make a place for all papers of high quality, regardless of geographical orientation. Presentations related to maps and mapping are also especially welcome. Presenters are understood to be or to become members of the organization.

The SHD paper sessions will begin on Friday, October 31 and will conclude mid-day on Saturday, November 1. Individual sessions, including follow-up questions are limited to 30 minutes.

Proposals are due April 11, 2014 and should include:

•    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•    a statement about the originality of the contents of the paper: how much is new, unpublished material, based on research in primary sources, etc.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 whether the presentation will include presentation media or digital audio recordings
•    a brief biographic sketch of the author(s)

SHD welcomes submissions from graduate students, the best of whose work will be organized into special sessions preceding or during the meeting. A stipend of $500 will be awarded to three outstanding submissions to help with travel to and accommodations in Austin.

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 projections.

The committee will place particular emphasis on those papers intended for submission to the Society’s journal, Terrae incognitae.

With warmest regards,

James D. Matthews, Chair
Program Committee

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