Call for Papers for a Conference on Darwin’s Origin

[Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts is May 15.
The website link below provides all the requisite information.]

November 4, 2009

Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Darwin Celebration Committee announces the Call for
Papers for a conference on Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species
after 150 Years. The conference will be held on November 4, 2009 (20
days before the sesquicentennial of the publication of the Origin) at
Virginia Tech’s Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in
Blacksburg, Virginia.

There will be three concurrent sections of papers organized around:

*       Issues about the interpretation and reception of the Origin;
*       Issues about the social and political influence of the Origin
and its relevance to the current century; and,
*       Continuing scientific debates related to issues raised or
addressed in the Origin.

Six papers will be accepted for each of the concurrent sessions, with
speaking time limited to one-half hour. The conference is strongly
interdisciplinary: we encourage submission of papers that will be
intelligible to a general university audience. Submissions by
individuals from diverse backgrounds, including groups underrepresented
in the sciences, are particularly encouraged. We anticipate arranging
for publication of some or all of the papers derived from the conference

Please submit your abstract, with a maximum length of 500 words. Your
abstract must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15. The
submissions will be refereed and notification of the panel’s decision
will be sent by Friday, June 19.

To submit your abstract or to learn more about the conference and
related events, please visit:
<> .  If you wish additional information
about the conference, please contact [email protected]
<mailto:rmlewis [at] vt [dot] edu> .