CFP for Oct 2021 symposium on Constructing Presidential Legacies: Critical Perspectives on American Presidential Libraries and Museums

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Call for Papers
December 27, 2019 to May 30, 2020
Kansas, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies, Political History / Studies

We invite a wide range of scholars interested in any aspects of US Presidential Libraries and Museum’s to submit ~500-word abstracts by May 30, 2020, for a symposium to be held October 8-9, 2021, followed by an edited publication in early 2022. Presidential Libraries and Museums’ function as “memorials to individuals” and “memorials of their times” and over time have given rise to many questions across a variety of fields. Beyond the buildings, the exhibitions and narratives also contribute to the shaping, presentation and reinterpretation of presidential legacies.  Any critique of the thirteen existing libraries from Hoover to George W. Bush and future libraries (Obama and Trump) are welcomed. We also encourage potential participants to contact us prior to submitting to discuss possible subjects in order to achieve a wide range of paper topics and approaches. 

Marie-Alice L’Heureux, Professor, Arc/D, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Kapila Silva, Associate Professor, Arc/D, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

December 2019: Call for abstracts
May 30, 2020: Abstracts due
June 30, 2020: Notifications of acceptance
January 25, 2021: First drafts of papers due and revisions circulated
May 31, 2021: Presentation drafts due
October 8-9, 2021: Conference and discussion.
January 31, 2022: Final revised papers due for publication.

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Marie-Alice L'Heureux

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