2019 Conference General Information

Gainesville, Florida | 14-17 November 2019 | University of Florida at Gainesville



Our 2019 conference will be held November 14-17 in Gainesville, Florida on the beautiful University of Florida campus.  We will begin with a reception in the Grand Reading Room at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Library on Thursday evening.  Conference sessions on Friday and Saturday will also be held at the Smathers Library.  Friday evening’s banquet will be held at the conference hotel, the Holiday Inn University Center.  The chef is developing a special buffet menu for us that promises to be wonderfully delicious!  Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kathleen A. Deagan, professor emerita and curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History and a distinguished local archaeologist.  She will regale us with personal insights in the archaeological finds that highlight the early discovery history of St. Augustine, the site of our Sunday excursion.  A chartered bus will leave the hotel and take us to St. Augustine, where Dr. James Cusic will lead a free walking tour for the first 20 people who sign up.  For those not participating in the walking tour, there is still lots to see and do, so be sure to sign up for the Sunday trip to St. Augustine.




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Gainesville, Florida           14-17 November 2019          University of Florida at Gainesville

Optional outings tentatively scheduled for the 14th and 17th  (more to come)

Our 2019 Annual Meeting will be provided in partnership with the University of Florida in Gainesville. The dates are November 14-17 – opening reception on the Thursday evening of the 14th with possible outing during the day, followed by conference on campus on November 15-16, and possible tour on Sunday, the 17th to the nearby town of St. Augustine.

 Theme: The Caribbean: A Cultural Encounter

Papers, 20 minutes in length, are invited on all point of view of this theme, from discovery, exploration, conquest to settlement and multiple aspects of cultural encounter. To honor our host, University of Florida at Gainesville and their Caribbean/Cuba-focused digital humanities projects, within the main conference theme, a special highlight will be given to Cuba.

The Committee also welcomes proposals from SHD members, scholars, and independent researchers that address all aspects of geographical discovery and exploration. Preference will be given to those papers that are particularly aligned with the conference theme, but all paper proposals of high quality, regardless of geographic orientation, will be considered.

The audience at SHD meetings is diverse and includes academics and members of various professions. All are especially interested in the processes and consequences of geographical exploration and discovery. Presenters are encouraged to use images (maps, paintings, photographs, etc.). For the benefit of the audience all visuals have to be presented as PowerPoint-compatible projections.

Paper proposals are due April 30, 2019. Please provide a proposal that includes the following components:

  • the title of the presentation
  • the author’s name and address, including email address and affiliation
  • an abstract summarizing the paper’s scope and conclusions (maximum of 500 words)
  • a statement about the originality of the contents of the paper: how much is new, unpublished material, based on research in primary sources, etc.
  • a statement indicating whether PowerPoint or other digital media will be used and whether internet access is necessary for the presentation
  • a brief biographic sketch of the author(s

 SHD welcomes submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars.

Paper proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments, with the subject line SHD 2019, to:

Dr. Mirela Altić, Program Committee Chair, mirela.altic@gmail.com

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Altić at mirela.altic@gmail.com



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