Exploring Alaska’s Past in the Pacific World
Call for Papers for Alaska Historical Society’s Annual Conference September 21-24, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska
The vast Pacific Ocean exists as both barrier and thoroughfare, fostering cultures in isolation and allowing astonishing journeys of exploration and imperial ambition. Please join us in discovering how Alaska’s past can be better understood by examining its role in the history of the Pacific world. This complex region offers us the chance to employ disciplines as far ranging as environmental history, indigenous studies, global history, and (of course) maritime history, while also remembering that for many Alaskans, then and now, the ocean is a local place, a place we call home.
This year’s conference is organized by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museums. Our host location will be the newly completed Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum facility. We are also thrilled to announce David Igler, author ofThe Great Ocean (2013), as our keynote speaker. Dr. Igler’s work on the history of the Pacific and the American West illustrates how much human drama has played out on this boundless blue stage. This year’s theme—Exploring Alaska’s Past in the Pacific World—invites presentations on all topics related to Alaska history, with special emphasis on events that unfolded on the world’s greatest ocean.
YOU ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR PAPERS, PANELS, AND POSTER SESSIONS. PAPER PRESENTATIONS ARE LIMITED TO 20 MINUTES. PRESENTERS MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE CONFERENCE. PROPOSALS ARE DUE MAY 1, 2016 AND SHOULD BE SENT TO CHRIS ALLAN, PROGRAM CHAIR, SPRUCETIP105@GMAIL.COM. ALSO, VISIT THE AHS SITE: ALASKAHISTORICALSOCIETY.ORG.