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Annual Meeting

56th Annual Meeting
Society for the History of Discoveries
July 8 (Wednesday) – July 11 (Saturday), 2015
London, United Kingdom

Co-hosted by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is Closed.


For the first time since 1987, the Society for the History of Discoveries will convene in Europe and hold its Annual Meeting 2015 in London, United Kingdom. The scope of the Society's activities encompasses the discovery, exploration, and mapping of the earth's land and sea surface from earliest times to the present - the explorers and the explored. Fields of specialization thus include the history of European expansion, cartography, navigation, colonial settlement, biography, and bibliography.

In addition to the paper sessions to be held at the Senate House of the University of London and the Conference Center of the British Library the Annual Meeting will be complemented by excursions to the Royal Geographical Society, the Map Room of the British Library, and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

A detailed program including information on scheduled excursions, online-registration, and recommended accommodation close-by the paper session locations will be published in due time on this website.

The time and location of the Annual Meeting in London enables interested overseas delegates to attend conveniently back-to-back the 26th International Conference on the History of Cartography in nearby Antwerp, Belgium, on July 12-17, 2015.

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The Program Committee of the Society for the History of Discoveries invites those wishing to make a presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting in London to submit a proposal to the joint chairs of the committee at their earliest convenience:

(Dr. Imre Demhardt, Garrett Chair in the History of Cartography, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington TX 76019-0529, USA / 817-272-0122);

(Dr. James Matthews, Chair, French and Italian, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington IL 61702-2900, USA / 309-556-3571).

The deadline for the submissions of paper proposals is January 14, 2015.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals from SHD members, scholars, and the general public that address all aspects of geographical discovery and exploration.

To emphasize the venue of 2015 submissions on
•    Maritime Exploration
•    Islands
are especially encouraged. However, all paper proposals of high quality, regardless of geographical orientation, will be considered.

The SHD paper sessions will begin in the early afternoon on Wednesday, July 8, and will conclude by late afternoon on Friday, July 10. Individual papers should be limited to 25 minutes and will be followed by 5 minutes for Questions & Answers.

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 January 14, 2015 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 digital media
•    a brief biographic sketch of the author(s)

SHD welcomes submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars. A stipend of $500 will be awarded to up to two outstanding submissions to help with registration, travel to and accommodations in London.

When reviewing the abstract submissions preference will be given to such papers indicating an interest in a publication in the Society’s journal, Terrae Incognitae

With warmest regards,

Imre J. Demhardt
James D. Matthews
Joint Chairs: Program Committee

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