CFP: "Politics and Propaganda"

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Call for Papers
Politics and Propaganda
Florida International University, Miami, Florida April 3-5, 2008

Keynote Speaker: Sally Mitchell,
Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies, Temple University,
“Political Women: The First Generation”

We welcome paper and panel proposals concerning any aspect of politics during the long nineteenth century, including, but not limited to political figures, movements (Chartism, socialism, communism, anarchism, trades unions, reform), parties, campaigns, immigration, imperialism, suffrage, gender politics, war, slavery, nationalism, pacifism, uprisings, and revolutions.

Equally welcome are paper and panel proposals concerning propaganda, including but not limited to advertising, periodicals, promotion (including self-promotion), news, campaign materials, songs, slogans, cartoons, souvenirs, paraphernalia, monuments, posters, and public art.

Abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers, author’s name and paper title in heading, with one-page c.v. by Oct. 1, 2007 to: Kathleen McCormack, Program Chair, Florida International University,

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted can at that point submit a full-length version of the paper in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses.

Registration and accommodation information will be available on November 1, 2007:

The conference will include a reception and tour at the Wolfsonian Museum-FIU, a leading museum of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century design, which also contains the country’s largest collection of twentieth-century German, Italian, and American political propaganda, including prints, posters, drawings, books and serial holdings, and objects that document the rise and demise of fascist and other political movements.

We have also arranged a Biscayne Bay Boat Tour with local historian and scholar Dr. Paul George of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. The tour will trace the development of Miami’s coastline in the nineteenth century, including the influence of the first and second Seminole wars, as we view the Key Biscayne Lighthouse, the Cape Florida Lighthouse, and the Barnacle, the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still in its original location.

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