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Call for proposals: French Colonial Historical Society, Buffalo 2020

Call for proposals: French Colonial Historical Society, Buffalo 2020

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Annual Meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society

Buffalo, NY

28-31 May 2020


The 46th annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society (FCHS) will take place in Buffalo, NY, from Thursday, May 28 to Sunday, May 31, 2020, on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State College. The conference hotel is the Hotel Henry, a historic site built in 1870 as the State Asylum, which recently opened after a multimillion-dollar renovation as Buffalo’s premier resort and conference center. The campus and the hotel are situated at the north end of Elmwood Avenue, a vibrant, historic neighborhood and commercial district, with lots of restaurants and local shops. The conference venues are also in the heart of the museum district, near the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Buffalo Museum of History. Both are located in Delaware Park—an Olmsted Park that also served as the grounds for the 1901 Pan American Exposition.


This year’s theme will be « Francophone Borderlands», which invites participants to consider the peripheries of the French Empire as central to understanding the French colonial empire and the people who inhabit it, as well as the ways zones and points of contact are particularly revealing of imperial and colonial experiences. However, as usual, proposals on all aspects of overseas France and its legacies will be considered.


The Society encourages students, scholars, and educators from all disciplines to submit proposals. Papers may be delivered in English or French.


Individual paper proposals should include a 100-200 word summary with the title of the paper, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number, and a brief curriculum vitae, all integrated into a single file, preferably in MS-Word.


Proposals for complete panels or round tables will contain the same information for each participant, as well as contact information and a short C.V. for the moderator if one is suggested. The program committee can help find moderators, if necessary.


Please indicate in your proposal whether audiovisual equipment is required.              


Individuals wishing to moderate a session should send a statement of interest, contact information, and a brief c.v. as well. 


Individual or panel proposals will be accepted between late September and November 1, 2019. Detailed instructions for submission, including specific deadlines, will be circulated to the Society's membership and posted on the FCHS website over the summer. We encourage full panel submissions, as well as single papers. Please email your submission to the Program committee here: Frenchcolonial2020@gmail.com.


The FCHS depends on membership dues. All conference participants must be or become members at the time of acceptance (January 2018). Unfortunately, the FCHS does not have funds to subsidize scholars’ participation at the meeting. Graduate students, however, may apply for the Shorrock Travel Award; details are provided on the FCHS website (the application must be sent with the proposal).


Additional information about membership in the Society, its scholarly activities, prizes, and past conferences is available at www.frenchcolonial.org.