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  • Call for Presenters – Keeping History Above Water

    Posted on March 14, 2017

    Keeping History Above Water – Annapolis October 29 – November 1 2017

    An international gathering on adapting historic coastal communities to sea level rise Hosted by the City of Annapolis with
    Support from the Newport Restoration Foundation.
    October 29 – November 1, 2017
    Call for Presenters

    Originally convened by the Newport Restoration Foundation in April 2016, Keeping History Above Water was one of the first national conversations to focus on the increasing and varied risks posed by rising waters on historic coastal communities and their built environments. Keeping History Above Water engages specialists from across the United States and the world to share experiences, examine risks, and discuss solutions with an emphasis on case studies and real world applications. Keeping History Above Water approaches the issue of rising waters – inclusive of sea level rise, tidal flooding, extreme precipitation, and subsidence – from a multi-disciplinary perspective in order to develop practical approaches to mitigation, protective adaptation, and
    Given the leadership of Annapolis on cultural resource planning for rising waters through its Weather It Together: Protect Our Historic Seaport initiative, the City of Annapolis was selected by the Newport Restoration Foundation – a lead sponsor of
    Keeping History Above Water — to be the next forum host city. In Annapolis, practitioners and scholars will continue the dialogue, disseminate best practices, and engage new audiences. Leaders in the fields of historic preservation, business, culture,
    tourism, economics, urban planning, flood plain management, environment, sustainability, design, engineering, emergency management, and national defense will participate in lectures, workshops, roundtables and tours that focus on practical solutions to the hazards associated with rising waters.
    Annapolis will host more than 240 conference participants from October 29 – November 1, 2017 for this international conference, building on the exploration in Newport of the consequences of rising waters, hazard mitigation planning and  adaptation strategies in coastal communities worldwide. With Annapolis as host and  the States of Maryland and Virginia as key sponsors, a special emphasis will be on  flooding impacts in the Chesapeake Bay region.
    KHAW: Annapolis looks to attract presenters with regional, national and international  expertise on issues of flooding, hazard mitigation and adaptation in the areas of  environmental and social science, economics, land-use law and planning, historic  preservation, national security, media and messaging, disaster response, community  engagement, technology and design.

    Proposal  Criteria

    The KHAW: Annapolis Program Committee invites proposals from cultural & natural  resource-based professionals, students, policymakers and others addressing the short and  long-term impacts of rising waters. All presentations will be scheduled over 2 ½
    days (Oct. 30 – Nov.1). Speaking opportunities will consist of the following:
    • Workshop or Seminar sessions (90 minutes or 3 hours – Nov. 1 Only)
    • Individual Case study presentations (2o minutes – Oct. 30 or 31)
    • Poster sessions (to include 5 minute presentations – Oct. 30 – Nov. 1)
    • Student papers / designs (10 min – Oct. 30 – Nov. 1)
    While the 5-minute poster presentations may be scheduled throughout the conference,  posters will be showcased at the Oct. 29 keynote lecture and during the 2 ½ days of  conference. Therefore, those presenting posters will need to ensure the poster arrives  prior to or no later than the morning of Oct. 29.
    Themes which will shape the content for KHAW: Annapolis are listed below. Proposers  must identify the theme or themes under which their presentation/poster concept falls.
    Other topics may be considered.
    • When Natural and Cultural Resources Connect – Address how natural  resources integrated within a cultural or historical context can serve as an  adaption alternative to protect communities against rising waters.
    • Beyond Engineering – There are two approaches solicited for this theme.
    o Examining adaptable, engineered solutions to rising waters along with  non-structural adaptation strategies.
    o Considering the impact of adaptation on living cultures and intangible  cultural heritage.
    • Policy and Politics – Explore lawmaking and legal implications for  communities exposed to flooding and engaged in coastal resiliency.
    • Economics of Rising Waters: Threats and Opportunities – Identify how  local economies are impacted by flooding hazards, how economic development  plans address these impacts and/or what new business opportunities are created  through community resiliency initiatives.
    • Rising Waters Impacts on National Security – Share how defense  communities are planning for long-term adaptation to flooding and sea level rise.
    • Educating and Empowering the Public – Discuss community-level  communication strategies (interpretive, artistic, digital, technological and social)  for increasing public awareness regarding the impacts of rising waters.
    • Considering Codes – Review examples of how zoning and building code  regulations for floodplain management can either conflict with or cooperate with  local, state or federal historic preservation regulations.
    • Messaging and Media – Communicate the key role media plays in  disseminating the science of sea level rise as well as the stories of individual and  community resiliency efforts.

    Proposal  Submission

    Case Study Presentation: Individual case study presentations will be considered  under the established conference themes. Presentations must be accompanied with a  PowerPoint, Video or other digital media. A maximum of 20 minutes is allowed for the  presentation. To have a case study considered, please submit a proposal with the  accompanying cover sheet, a narrative of no more than 500 words, selected images and  a resume or CV. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 30, 2017.
    Student Papers / Designs: To have a student paper or design considered for  presentation, please submit a narrative of no more than 500 words addressing the  conference theme, along with the accompanying cover sheet and a resume or CV.
    Student papers / design projects will be limited to a 10 minute PowerPoint, Video or  other digital media presentation. The deadline for submitting paper / design  proposals is April 30, 2017.
    Workshop or Seminar Sessions: The program committee welcomes proposals for  1.5- to 3-hour workshop and seminar sessions within the conference themes. These are  smaller breakout sessions scheduled for the final morning of the conference (November  1, 2017) that can accommodate up to 60 participants each, and can have more than one  instructor. To have a session considered, please submit a narrative of no more than 500  words, along with the accompanying cover sheet, selected images and a resume or CV  for each presenter. The deadline for submitting workshop and seminar  proposals is March 30, 2017.
    Poster Sessions / Presentations: To have a poster & presentation considered,  please submit a narrative of no more than 500 words, along with the accompanying  cover sheet and a resume or CV. While posters addressing the conference theme are  highly encouraged, other related-subjects will be considered. Posters will be displayed  on October 29 at the opening plenary and throughout the 2 ½ day conference. For  those interested in proposing a 5-minute presentation of their poster, please indicate  such on the cover sheet. The deadline for submitting proposals for posters and  poster presentations is April 30, 2017.
    Vendors: A vendor exhibit space is available. Any vendors interested in a vendor  booth should email for a vendor exhibit form and rate sheet. Vendors interested in  presenting can also submit for the Program Committee’s consideration of a case study  presentation. (See above for submission details.) Vendor forms are due April 30,
    All proposals must be submitted by the deadline to:
    Keeping History Above Water – Program Committee
    email to:
    Subject Line: KHAW: Annapolis Presenters or KHAW: Vendor Request
    or mail to: City of Annapolis
    Historic Preservation Division
    145 Gorman St., 3rd Flr.
    Annapolis, MD 21401


    The target  audience includes a geographically diverse mix of cultural and natural  resource professionals, scientists, designers, engineers, planners, property owners and  political leaders. Given the proximity of Annapolis to Washington, DC this forum will  attract speakers and attendees from international firms, federal agencies, non-profits  and the media. Anticipated Chesapeake Bay region participants include land-use  planners, real estate, investment and economic development professionals,  environmental advocates, private property owners, cultural resource specialists, local  and state government officials and historic preservation staff and commissioners.
    Keeping History Above Water: Annapolis will also attract business leaders and  innovators working to address adaptation and mitigation efforts as they relate to sea  level rise.

    Speaker  Benefits

    All selected case study and session presenters will be provided free registration. A  special-student rate of $95 is offered for all students whose papers, designs or poster  presentations are accepted. A valid student ID is required at the time of submission.
    Speakers whose proposals are accepted will be contacted regarding partial assistance  with lodging or travel expenses. However, lodging reservations should be made at the  proposer’s earliest convenience in order to ensure the conference rate at the conference  hotel. Proposers should assume at the time of submission that travel and lodging  arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the speaker.

    Conference  Contacts

    For more information or questions, please contact Conference Director, Lisa Craig at
    Please visit to review the
    guildlines and apply to present at the conference.

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