Call for Papers Using the C-SPAN Archives

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Call for Papers
May 1, 2018
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Government and Public Service

The Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement is currently soliciting proposals for a Fall 2018 conference.  Ten papers utilizing the C-SPAN archives will be chosen for presentation at a conference October 21-23 at Purdue University and subsequently published in the Purdue University Press book The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research. The 2018 theme is "Congressional Elections and the Trump Presidency." Participants are free to address the theme broadly but should relate their papers in some way to the theme.

Grants of $2,500 each for ten papers will be awarded.  Scholars selected for these award grants must be able to make copies of their papers available to other conference participants prior to the conference, attend the conference to present their results, and interact with other participants.  They must also agree to submit a completed paper for publication in the edited volume of the proceedings to be published by the Purdue University Press.

Researchers seeking to apply for these grants made possible from the C-SPAN Education Foundation should also submit a vita of less than five pages and a proposal of no more than 1500 words in which they outline the proposed research, how it will utilize the C-SPAN Video Library, how this research advances knowledge of a research question in their field, and how the research project relates to the conference theme.

A committee of faculty from the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science will review the proposals.  Proposals should be submitted by May 1, 2018 and decisions will be made by mid-May to ensure the participants have sufficient time to complete their research papers. 

Proposals MUST be submitted by using the Purdue Press portal Questions should be directed to Professor Robert X. Browning at

Contact Info: 

Dr. Robert X Browning, Director, Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement, Director of C-SPAN Archives, and Professor of Communication and Political Science, Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication

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