Marianas History Conference opens registration, issues call for abstracts
Registration is now open for the 5th Marianas History Conference, which will be held virtually from Feb. 19 to 26. Early registration at a reduced price is open until Dec. 31, and regular registrations will be accepted until Jan. 20.
The conference is being chaired by the Micronesian Area Research Center and will be hosted by the University of Guam and the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, with the co-organizing support of Humanities Guåhan, Guampedia, Northern Marianas College, and Guam Preservation Trust.
The 5th Marianas History Conference is open to scholars, researchers, and students from all over the world to examine aspects related to history, cultural heritage, language, political status, demographic change, and the overall process of adaptation of the Mariana Islands and her people that followed Western contact.
In 1521, half a millennium ago, the Spanish expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan reached the Mariana Islands marking the first recorded encounter between the people of the archipelago and the people from the other side of the world. Those first, complex interactions triggered a number of consequences for these islands leaving in its wake a legacy of colonization that persists to this day in Guam and the Northern Marianas.
The conference encourages a broad collaboration on the part of historians, archeologists, social anthropologists, and those with an interest in the history of the Mariana Islands. It calls on the combined efforts of the community in Guam and the Northern Marianas to tell the many stories that define the history and identity of one archipelago.
The steering committee of the 5th Marianas History Conference is seeking submissions of papers and panel presentations for the conference that are related to the history of the Mariana Islands. Submissions may be from community members, undergraduate and graduate students, or university scholars across all disciplines.
Submissions of abstracts (maximum of 200 words) are due by Nov. 30.
Conference papers will be published together with conference proceedings in an electronic format, as funding permits. Presenters who wish to submit a paper for publication must specify so in the abstract submission.
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