CFP: Approaching Deadline Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries

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Call for Papers: 2022 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries


Submission Deadline: July 15, 2022

Where: St. Louis, Missouri

When:  30 September – 1 October, 2022

Venue: St. Louis University, co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies 


At the Heart of the Continent:

Native Americans and Newcomers in the Upper Mississippi Region


Often referred to as the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis was founded by French fur-traders in 1764, ceded to Spain within the year, returned to French control in 1800; then bought by the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. It was a territory that was rich in people and natural resources. Directly across the Mississippi River from the city are the Cahokia Mounds, a major center of the Mississippian peoples who flourished in the area through the fifteenth century. Several Native American nations lived in this region in the historic era as well, including the Osage or “People of the Middle Waters.” Trajectories of cultural contact, trade, and exploration radiated in all directions from this land. This intriguing place offers the inspiration for our conference.

Papers, 20 minutes in length, are invited on all points of view of this theme, including: discovery, exploration, conquest, resistance, settlement, economy, daily life, and all aspects of cultural encounters. The Committee also welcomes proposals that address all aspects of geographical discovery and exploration. SHD welcomes submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars, and papers on teaching the history of exploration, broadly defined. Preference will be given to those papers that are particularly aligned with the conference theme, but all paper proposals of high quality, regardless of geographic orientation, will be considered.

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