NCPH 2015 Call for Proposals: One Week Left to Submit (Deadline 7/15)

2015 Annual Meeting « National Council on Public HistoryTHE JULY 15 DEADLINE FOR NCPH 2015 PROPOSALS IS JUST ONE WEEK AWAY!

Submissions for Nashville will be accepted online until, July 15, 11:59 pm EDT. 

Why Submit a Proposal?

Public history is collaborative. Whether it’s nearby colleagues, public history practitioners working in distant countries, or those who come to the field from other disciplines and professions, NCPH provides connective tissue to link you to a vibrant community of practice.  Plus, this year’s theme is really good.

The Theme: “History on the Edge”

Edges are where exciting things happen. Some are stark boundaries, marking clear beginnings and ends, while others are blurred contact zones. Edges can be places of creativity where diverse people, ideas, and cultures meet and flourish. They can be sites of uncertainty, risk, and opportunity. Edgy topics and practices call our longstanding assumptions into question. In Nashville, we invite public historians to consider the edges of what we do and who we are. What is on the horizon for public history? What happens on the porous boundaries of public history when we collaborate with other disciplines and new audiences? What can public historians contribute to addressing the cutting edge questions of our societies? Join us to discuss, debate, and question “history on the edge.” 

What is the NCPH Program Committee Looking For?

We welcome submissions from all areas of the field, including teaching, museums, archives, heritage management, tourism, consulting, litigation-based research, and public service. Proposals may address any area of public history, but we especially welcome submissions which relate to our theme. Sessions are 1.5 hours; significant time for audience discussion should be included in every session.  NCPH asks participants to dispense with the reading of papers, and encourages a wide variety of forms of conversation and session format options, including, but not limited to: Experiential, PechaKucha, Point/Counterpoint, Roundtable, Structured Conversation, Traditional Three-person-plus-chair/commentator Panel, Working Groups (2 hours), and Workshops (half or full day).


All presenters and other participants will be expected to register for the annual meeting. If you have questions, please contact the NCPH program manager.

To view the Call for Proposals or submit final Session and Workshop Proposals, visit

Want to see what an NCPH conference is like? 

Here’s a 3-minute video from our last meeting:

2015 Program Committee Co-Chairs
Modupe Labode, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis & James Gardner, National Archives and Records Administration

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