The Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies invites you to join us for our 32nd annual meeting, to be held in Athens, Georgia, on 11-14 April 2002. The University of Georgia campus, which has recently benefited from a nationally-acclaimed plan to create green spaces and pedestrian areas, lies directly across from the historic district in downtown Athens. Conference participants will enjoy an eclectic and affordable array of restaurants, galleries, and music venues, all within walking distance of the University and local hotels.

This year's meeting will feature a plenary lecture by Serge Gruzinksi, director of the Centre de Recherches sur les Mondes Americains in Paris and author of numerous works addressing the cultural dimensions of conquest and colonization in the New World. Professor Gruzinski's lecture and all of the panels will take place at the Georgia Center, an
award-winning conference facility located on the University campus. In addition, the gathering will feature an evening banquet at the Georgia Museum of Art, where we will enjoy Southern gourmet cuisine, live local music, and access to the Museum's collections.

The Society welcomes paper submissions addressing all aspects of the history of Spain, Portugal, and the broader Hispanic world. Members are invited to submit individual proposals, as well as complete panels dedicated to a common theme. We especially welcome proposals related to the Spanish presence in the American Southeast; questions of cultural contact and exchange; and the continued importance of Iberian culture in the wider Atlantic world throughout the modern era. SSPHS sessions typically include a chair, a commentator, and three panelists giving presentations of twenty minutes each. All participants must be members of the SSPHS; graduate students presenting their first paper are eligible for a complimentary membership.

The extended deadline for proposals is now *December 15, 2001*. Send proposals by email, post, or fax to:

A. Katie Harris, SSPHS Program Coordinator
Department of History
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: (404) 463-9924
Fax: (404) 651-1745

We would be grateful if you could post this call for papers in your department. Look for further information concerning Athens, the University of Georgia, and conference registration to arrive in your mailboxes shortly. If you are interested in participating in the book exhibit, or if you have questions about the conference, contact Ben Ehlers of the University of Georgia at: