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CFP: Disasters in History

"Disasters! A Conference on Disasters in History" will take place on April 9, 2011, at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. The University of Delaware-Hagley Fellows Program invites scholars to join in a conversation about how disasters have shaped societies, cultures, and environments since 1700. What makes a disaster a disaster? Who decides? How have they been interpreted? What are the consequences of disasters? What can historians gain by studying disasters? Proposals for papers that explore how disasters can inform the histories of business, technology, consumption, the environment, work, and everyday life are particularly encouraged. Proposals by both graduate students and established scholars are welcome. Financial assistance for travel will be provided to all conference presenters.
Please email a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to the Hagley Fellows at hagley.fellows@gmail.com by December 31, 2010.

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