Call for Papers: Gravestone Studies conference

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We are pleased to forward this call for papers for the annual conference of the Association for Gravestone Studies, which will be held June 21-26, 2016 at Xavier College, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The AGS is a U.S.-based international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles. The conference — and the Association — deal with preservation, theft and other issues that are highly relevant for those involved in Jewish cemetery work in Europe, and its web site has valuable resources. Its main focus is on cemeteries in the U.S., and Jewish cemeteries are a somewhat neglected topic overall, so papers on European Jewish cemetery issues could make a valuable addition to the conference.

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Call for Papers

Proposals are solicited for scholarly papers, 25 minutes in length, to be presented during the Evening Lectures, June 22-25. Please send your proposal and a 250-word abstract by February 1, 2016 to Nancy Tatarek, Lecture Program Coordinator: netatarek@gmail.com.

Proposals are solicited for participation/class sessions, of 45 minutes in length, to be presented Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 25. These sessions are not for presenting research papers, unless the paper is about how to do a particular type of research using the presenter’s research as a case study. We encourage panel discussions and will allow more than one time slot if needed. Please send your proposal and a 250-word abstract by February 1, 2016 to Judy Juntunen and Krista Horrocks, Participation/Class Sessions Coordinators:
rycraftjuntunen@aol.com.

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AGS 2016 Conference Scholarship for Student

Requirements: The applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university, as well as a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies. A student membership is just $25 per year and includes the next published issue of Markers, four issues of the AGS Quarterly, and more. 

Application: Each applicant should submit a proposal for a twenty-minute presentation: a scholarly paper suitable for delivery at an academic conference, or a report of comparable quality on an on-going research project, to be presented at the Friday evening lecture session. PowerPoint is the preferred presentation medium.  Each entry should include the title, a summary or abstract and a PDF of the PowerPoint program, as well as a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser. Your entry should consist of a cover letter, with attachments, emailed to soulestones@gmail.com.

The award will cover registration and activities fees, plus room and board for the full conference (about $525) and will include a cash prize of $200, which will be presented at the conference.

Deadline: March 31, 2016 

Address all questions to the Scholarship Committee, c/o soulestones@gmail.com

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