From H-Material Culture (N.B. this sounds really interesting!):
Histories of Misunderstanding
Second Annual UVa History Graduate Students Conference
Call for Papers
The Graduate History Students Association at the University of Virginia is happy to announce the second annual History Graduate Students Conference, to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on *April 18-19, 2009*.
Misunderstandings, misinterpretations, misconceptions, and miscalculations are an inseparable part of people's lives. Yet only rarely do historians pay special attention to these phenomena in the study of the past. This conference will provide a forum for graduate students of history and related fields at all levels to discuss misunderstandings in history.
Possible topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
Miscommunications in Battle and in the Political Arena
(first contact between settlers and indigenous people, etc.)
The papers should address the problem of distinguishing between unintended misunderstandings and intentional manipulation and misrepresentation.
Keynote address by Prof. *Allan Megill*, University of Virginia
You are invited to submit paper proposals based on seminar papers, master's theses, or dissertation projects. Proposals should be no more than one page and include the scholar's name, e-mail address, the paper's title, and a short description of the proposed topic.
Paper proposals must be submitted by *December 5, 2008*.
If selected, participants will be asked to submit a final version of their paper (no more than 20 minutes) two weeks prior to the conference.
Submit abstracts and questions by email to Mike Caires (*firstname.lastname@example.org*).
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.