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CFP: Society for Industrial Archeology 43rd Annual Conference (May 15-18)

The Society for Industrial Archeology invites proposals for presentations and poster displays at the 43rd Annual Conference on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Portland, Maine. Poster displays can be works in progress. Presentations on all topics related to industrial archeology, technology, social change related to industry, and historic industrial structures are welcome. Papers about regional industries and transportation in northern New England are particularly encouraged. All presentations and poster displays should offer interpretation and synthesis of data.

Presentation Formats:
Proposals may be for individual presentations 20 minutes in length, a group of three or four presentations on a common theme filling a 90-minute session, or a 90-minute panel discussion (formal moderator optional).

Proposal Formats:
Proposals should be submitted electronically (Microsoft Word .doc or OpenOffice Open Document Format Text .odt) unless special arrangements have been made. Each proposal must include: 1) the presentation or poster display title; 2) a 300- to 500-word abstract with a detailed discussion of points, findings, and conclusions; 3) a brief biographical statement of 75 to 150 words for each presenter; 4) contact information including mailing address, telephone number, and email address for each presenter; and 5) a list of audio-visual requests. Please be aware that facilities for media formats other than Microsoft PowerPoint .ppt or OpenOffice Open Document Format Presentation .odp may not be available.

For 90-minute themed sessions or panel discussions, the organizer should submit all abstracts together as a group, accompanied by a title and a brief description of the theme. If any of these items is missing, the proposal cannot be considered.

Presenters are encouraged to consider transforming their presentations into articles for IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology. Recording of audio for free distribution by podcast is also encouraged, but prior written consent must be obtained from each presenter being recorded and from the SIA Board. No conference proceedings are published.

The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2014. Send proposals or questions to: Justin M. Spivey, SIA Secretary,, 790 Old York Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520, (609) 799-7799.

The conference hotel will be the Holiday Inn Portland-By the Bay. Presentation sessions will be held at the hotel.