Thursday, October 19, 2006

Varieties of Cultural History

Theory and Practice in the Cultural Histories of Medicine, Science, Literature and the Arts
University of Aberdeen, 5-8 July 2007
King's College, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Call for Papers
Proposals for papers are invited for the conference 'Varieties of Cultural History' to be held at the University of Aberdeen, 5-8 July 2007.

Keynote speakers will include Peter Burke (Cambridge), Peter Mandler (Cambridge), Crosbie Smith (Kent), Rebecca Spang (Indiana) and Evelyn Welch (Queen Mary, London).

In the last twenty-five years, diverse anthropological, literary, and other perspectives adopted into Cultural History have transformed the theory and practice of historical disciplines more generally. As Cultural History comes of age, this conference provides the opportunity to reflect upon the particular achievements of the 'Cultural Turn' at work in histories of
medicine, science, literature and the arts; to foster creative dialogue amongst advocates of such varieties of cultural history; and thus to look to possible futures of research in Cultural History.

The conference seeks papers approaching any historical period, domain, or theme; but the organizers particularly favour papers which explore specified genres of Cultural History as applied in case studies from the subjects highlighted above.

Please send title, abstract of no more than 300 words, and biographical note of no more than 100 words, to Dr David Smith
( by 7 December 2006. Electronic submissions are encouraged; you may also write direct to the organizers at the Department of History, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, Crombie Annexe, Meston Walk, Aberdeen AB24 3FX, United Kingdom. Additional queries may be directed to David Smith at the addresses above.

The University of Aberdeen first developed an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate programme in Cultural History in 1986. From 2007 it offers a new taught postgraduate MLitt in Cultural History.


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