CfP: Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains, April 7-10, 2010, University of Nebraska

Members may be interested in the call for papers listed below:

We appeal to you to help us advertise to academic communities in the United States, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and elsewhere an international scholarly symposium, Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains, April 7-10, 2010, sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. This 2010 Symposium will address all aspects of the experience of Czech and Slovak immigrants and their descendants in the Great Plains region, as well as the relationships of these citizens with other Czech- and Slovak- Americans and with Czechs and Slovaks in Europe and in other parts of the world.

One of the goals of the 2010 Symposium will be to understand how Americans of Czech and Slovak ancestry have helped to build the economy and culture of the Great Plains region from Texas to Canada, from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains, and of the nearby states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Of particular interest to colleagues abroad will be the 2010 Symposium's emphasis on ongoing contact and mutual interests between Czech- and Slovak-Americans and their relatives and friends in Europe and adopted homelands on other continents.

All interested scholars, including advanced graduate students, are encouraged to participate in the 2010 Symposium and are asked to send abstracts of proposed papers with a short vitae in English, the symposium language, by November 1, 2009, to the following e-mail address: cgps@unl.edu. Please, title your e-mail “2010 Symposium” in the subject line. We especially welcome proposals for panels of two to three closely related scholarly papers. We also solicit the presentation of short critical commentaries on any unpublished documents, correspondence or artifacts related to the theme of this symposium. Such primary sources may include materials held privately as well as those from the collections of archives and libraries. These presentations will be organized thematically according to such topics as music, art, handicrafts, politics, religion, and popular culture.

During the 2010 Symposium, a secure, but limited, space will be made available for the public display of those items whose short-term loan is approved by their owners.

The Center for Great Plains Studies reserves the right to publish selected symposium papers and presentations in its peer-reviewed academic journals whose purpose and scope are discussed at
http://www.unl.edu/plains/publications/publications.shtml. The Center annually presents a symposium on a theme related to the Great Plains. Information about these symposia may be obtained at
http://www.unl.edu/plains/seminars/seminars.shtml.

If you have any questions about the 2010 Symposium, please contact us at the Center for Great Plains Studies: cgps@unl.edu.

Sincerely,
Bruce Garver, Professor of history, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Míla Šašková-Pierce, Professor of Languages, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Co-chairs of the 2010 Symposium Organizing Committee