Call For Papers . . .


The North Carolina Office of Archives and History, through its Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, invites papers to three upcoming symposiums on the Civil War that will explore facets of the American Civil War as part of the 150th commemoration of the war. Each symposium approaches the study of the war through a theme: in 2011, Memory; in 2013, Freedom; and in 2015, Sacrifice. Submissions are not limited to North Carolina topics, but the committee encourages the use of North Carolina topics in any proposals. New interpretations and areas of inquiry are likewise encouraged.

The Memory symposium is scheduled for May 20-21, 2011 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina. Historian David Blight is the keynote speaker. Topics may include but are not limited to: monuments, heritage groups, historiographical papers, iconography, media depictions, slave narratives, home front, Confederate and Union veterans’ groups, and the “Lost Cause.”

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2010. Proposals should include a (working) title, a 300-word abstract, and the presenter’s curriculum vitae or résumé. Submissions should be sent by e-mail as attached Word documents. Final accepted papers should be 30 minutes in presentation length. Suggestions for panels are also welcome. Send submissions or additional inquiries to Chris Meekins. He may be reached by phone at 919-807-7305, by mail at North Carolina State Archives, 4614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4614, or by e-mail at

The committee is organizing two additional symposiums in connection with the sesquicentennial. Announcements and call for papers will be forthcoming. The Freedom symposium is scheduled for May 17-18, 2013 at Wake Forest University. Topics may include but are not limited to: emancipation, freedmen’s colonies, slave narratives, secession, African American soldiers, the Underground Railroad, slavery, abolition, dissent within the Confederacy (or the United States), and women’s issues. The Sacrifice symposium is scheduled for May 22-23, 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Topics may include but are not limited to: enlistment and/or conscription, training, desertion, women’s issues, home front, casualties, blockade running, financing the war, suicide, and destruction of property.

Memory — 2011

Confederate Mass Grave Monument - Bentonville battlefield