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Call for Papers for a Conference at The New Jersey Historical Society

2007-03-02


Sponsored by The New Jersey Historical Society and The Rutgers University Institute for Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

The Long Hot Summers in Retrospect, Part II: Urban Unrest in 1960s New Jersey

The New Jersey Historical Society and The Rutgers University Institute for Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience announce a one-day conference in Fall 2007 and subsequent publication on topics relating to race, ethnicity, politics, and the urban environment in New Jersey from the 1930s to the present.

The conference is inspired by the Historical Society�s upcoming national traveling exhibition on American urban unrest in the 1960s, which looks specifically at the events in Newark in 1967 within a national and historical context. Part One of What�s Going On? Newark and the Legacy of the Sixties is scheduled to launch at the Historical Society in July 2007. Part Two of the exhibition will open in September 2007. The exhibition will remain at the Historical Society for ten months before beginning its national tour.

Conference organizers seek papers (or proposals for panels) from diverse perspectives that address 1960s urban unrest in New Jersey or topics that inform the events. Papers might explore the effects of 20th century urban immigration and migration; issues involving race, local and/or national politics; de-industrialization; suburbanization; or other topics that provide insight into the massive changes that the state�s urban areas experienced after World War II. We are especially interested in papers that focus on the aftermath of 1960s urban unrest: the reactions, consequences, and legacy for the future. We seek presentations from a variety of disciplines, including history, American studies, sociology, anthropology, literature, and the arts. The papers should be informed by current scholarship but addressed to a general public audience.

To be considered for inclusion, prospective speakers must submit a 250-word abstract or panel proposal no later than April 30, 2007 to Marisa Pierson, Program Coordinator, Institution on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, 337 Conklin Hall, 175 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102. Those whose papers are selected must submit their papers by September 10, 2007. All conference papers will be considered for publication in either a projected book or the scholarly journal New Jersey History, to be issued in 2008.

The New Jersey Historical Society uses the resources of history to explore the peoples and cultures of New Jersey, past and present. The Rutgers University Institute for Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience is a community oriented, interdisciplinary academic program that promotes interracial and multicultural understanding through public programs that present new scholarship on the social construction of difference and cultural diversity. The exhibition What�s Going On? Newark and the Legacy of the Sixties is funded by a generous donation from Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G), with additional funding provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the Independence Community Foundation, and individuals.

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