How Do You Find Good Calls for Papers? (A Search Challenge)

Picnic for Princess Juliana of the Netherlands at Val-kill, Hyde Park, New York, October 9, 1943. L-R: Secret Service, Secret Service, Princess Irene, Princess Beatrix, Princess Juliana, Mrs. J.R. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt in background with unidentified man, FDR, children's nurse, Grace Tully, Ethel Roosevelt (Mrs. FDR, Jr.). Photo by Margaret Suckley.

Queensday/Liberation Day Special: Picnic for Princess Juliana of the Netherlands at Val-kill, Hyde Park, New York, October 9, 1943. The girl in the white dress is Princess Beatrix, the man at sitting at the right end of the left table is FDR. Photo by Margaret Suckley.

This seems to be the first time I have missed the opportunity to write about My Week. Which is a pity, because I particularly enjoy looking back each Friday to see what I’ve been up to, and also to read back my earlier Friday posts. It gives me the satisfying impression that, even if things always move forward much slower than I would wish, they are nonetheless moving. Thankfully today is Miscellaneous Day, a day I have specifically devised as a kind of wildcard for emergencies like this one.

So. This week I’ve been trying to spend some time on thinking and planning ahead. I spent Queensday in an effort to create a proper academic cv for myself, as a result of a very illuminating conversation with my mentor Petra Sijpesteijn. (She is, by the way, to my knowledge the ONLY female professor with underage children in my 700-employee faculty – so imagine A. how awesome she must be and B. how much work there is left to do for feminism even in my privileged little world.) One of my supervisors, as well as said professor Sijpesteijn, had advised me to attend (and present papers at) more international conferences, which seems sound advice, and indeed something that, with one thing and another, I’ve been neglecting over the past few years.

Now that I know this, I’ve been trying to find calls for papers for conferences in the coming year, and it turns out I’m having difficulty finding them. I’d like to find out about conferences that are either in the fall of 2013 or the spring of 2014, in the field of memory studies, public history, contemporary American studies or 20th-century cultural history. How do you find these? Do you know of any conferences that answer to the description above, or others that you would advise me to attend? And how do other people do this? I’d love to know!

Over Sara Polak

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