THE ORPHAN TRAIN: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLOQUIUM

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Nebraska, Kearney
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

THE ORPHAN TRAIN: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLOQUIUM

Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3, 2018

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

This conference will examine, study, and discuss the movement known as “The Orphan

Train” (1854-1929) through multiple disciplines and perspectives.

We welcome proposals relating to all aspects of “The Orphan Train.” Individual proposals

should be a maximum of 300 words. Panel proposals are also welcome and should be a

maximum of 1,000 words. All proposals must be accompanied by a short bio (150 words) of

each participant. All proposals must also contain contact information (email address and

affiliation) for every presenter included in the proposal.

Topics of interest

Scholars are encouraged to consider topics of interest that include, but are not limited to:

• Literary considerations of the orphan train movement

• Historical impact of the orphan train on child welfare services

• Historical significance of the orphan train

• Political and economic motivations for this movement

• “The Child Saving Movement” and the orphan train

• Child labor and the orphan train children

• Geographic origins and placement of orphan train children

• Agriculture in the Plains states during the orphan train

• Family legacies of the orphan train

Presenters will have 20 minutes to present their research. Panels will be presented in 50-minute

sessions.

Guide for Presenters

• The deadline to submit 300 word abstracts for papers or 1,000 word panel proposals is

Tuesday, May 1 @ 5:00PM.

• Send your abstract, short bio, affiliation, and email to committee, at orphantrain@unk.edu.

Submission and selection is through peer review.

• Notification of acceptance via email no later than: Friday, June 1, 2018.

Organizing/Selection Committee

Dr. Anne Foradori, Professor of Music, UNK

Dr. Michelle Beissel Heath, Associate Professor of English, UNK

Dr. Benjamin Malczyk, Assistant Professor of Social Work, UNK

Dr. Christopher Steinke, Assistant Professor of History, UNK