Seeking co-panelists for Policy History Conference

2009 October 12
by Shane Landrum

I’m currently organizing a panel on documentary identification and its uses for the 2010 Policy History Conference (CFP), to be held in Columbus, Ohio, June 3-6, 2010.1 If you or someone you know is interested in giving a paper, chairing, or offering a comment, please get in touch with me by leaving a comment below (which won’t be publicly viewable unless you specifically ask) or by writing to srl at (this domain dot org).  More information is below the cut.

I’m planning to propose a paper on the history of birth certificates and racial determination in the state of Virginia, and in particular the impact that 20th-century birth registration systems have had on Virginians of indigenous descent.2

Topics for papers might include:

  • histories of identification documents, either comparatively or within particular national contexts
  • historical and legal issues related to identity proof using documents
  • internal and international passport systems
  • criminology and identification documents
  • the public policy of documentary identification systems
  • evasion, fraud, counterfeiting, and resistance
  • identification documents and passing
  • colonialism and identity documents

I’d prefer to see papers that relate to the US or the non-European world, in any time period.

The deadline for submissions to the conference committee is December 30, and all submissions must be in hardcopy. To allow for enough time to put together a panel and get the materials printed and submitted, I’d like to hear from interested participants as soon as possible. You’re welcome to pitch a paper idea informally at first, but I’ll need a 1-page-or-less description of your talk and a CV from you in PDF format no later than December 1.

If you have questions, feel free to email me at the above address.

  1. PHC is a nice, small, biennial conference (attendance capped at, IIRC, 400?) attended mainly by scholars who work at the intersections between political science, legal history, American political development, history of the state, and related fields. It’s far more approachable than the meetings of the AHA or OAH, and you’re more likely to be speaking to a room with a reasonably-sized audience.
  2. This research was funded by the Institute for Policy History’s Hugh Davis Graham Fund, which gives grants for graduate research; their deadline for this year’s applications is November 2. You should consider applying.

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