From June 5-7, 2019, Salisbury University will host “Chesapeake Studies: Casting a Wide Net,” an inaugural interdisciplinary academic conference for professional scholars and graduate students studying the Chesapeake and Delmarva region.  We invite proposals for presentations and panel discussions that contribute to the scholarly understanding of the region from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts.  We intend for this to be the first in a series of conferences to promote the scholarly study of the region and hope it will stimulate the development of a network of Chesapeake studies scholars.

Presentation formats include oral presentations, panel discussions, and posters.  Proposals for oral presentations may be for a full session including 3-4 oral presentations or for individual presentations; conference organizers will attempt to group individual presentations in sessions of similar topics or methodologies.  Panel discussion proposals should focus on specific topics or challenges related to the study of the region and may include a moderator and up to 4-5 panelists.  Presentations and panel sessions will be one hour long.  Posters will remain on display throughout the conference with a formal poster presentation time for scholars to discuss their work.  The program committee encourages submissions of group presentations or panels that are representative of the diversity of self-identifications (gender, race, ethnicity) of Chesapeake scholars.

Proposals are due by October 31, 2018, and should be submitted online at the link below.  If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the Program Committee, Creston Long, at cslong[at]salisbury.edu.  The Program Committee anticipates making its decisions and notifying proposers by December 14, 2018.