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Recent Discussion Posts

CFP: History Graduate Student Conference at Texas Tech University

Hello Colleagues,

The History Graduate Student Organization at Texas Tech University invites you to join us for our Seventh Annual History Graduate Student Conference to be held on the campus of Texas Tech University on February 24, 2018. We invite proposals for individual graduate and undergraduate papers as well as panel presentations for three to five scholars on historical topics.

Stanford Center for Law and History Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Stanford Center for Law and History invites paper submissions from graduate students for its first annual conference, “Legal Histories of Policing and Surveillance.” SCLH’s goal is to bring together faculty, postdocs, and students for workshops, conferences, and lectures examining the relationships between law and history, broadly defined. 

CFP: SHEAR Conference Panel 2018



We are organizing a panel on Memory of the American Revolution in the formation of national identity for the 2018 SHEAR conference, to be held in Cleveland on July 18-22.  Specifically, we are soliciting one paper (and a commenter) whose research interests align with memory, the American Revolution, and the Early National period.


PHC Conference 11/17: Challenging Assumptions Through Public History

Join the CUNY Public History Collective for our second annual conference, "It's Not What You Think: Challenging Assumptions Through Public History," featuring Keynote speaker Sarah Henry, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at Museum of the City of New York. 

This day-long conference will take place on Friday, November 17 from 10:30am to 6:00pm at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY. 


Recent Blog Posts

Digital Humanities

Resource Blog

With digital humanities becoming increasingly important both inside and outside of the academy, grad students should pay attention to its current trends, methodologies, and projects. The following resource list provides information about organizations/networks, blogs, funding opportunities, publications, and universities associated with the growing field of digital humanities.

University Projects and Resources:

Cleveland State University: http://csudigitalhumanities.org/

Reading Advice Part III

Insider Information Blog

The Introduction/Prologue/Preface can offer a lot about the direction, framework, and argument of the book. Read through these sections very carefully, and make sure you do not skip the Acknowledgement section. Acknowledgements give the reader another clue about where the author studied, who informed their research, and who guided the direction of the project. As you should know by now your advisors and mentors have a tremendous influence on what you read, how you write, and the way you think about your discipline.

Reading Advice Part II

Insider Information Blog

Reading in graduate school demands a strategy. It is a skill that has to be learned, because the tremendous load can very quickly overwhelm you.

The organization of the book can give you many signposts as to what is the argument, how the author present’s their evidence, and how you can strategically understand the book in a few short hours.

1. Start by looking at the book’s organization

Reading Advice Part I

Insider Information Blog

Part I from Nathan Kuehnl:

For comprehensive exams, the best advice offered to me when I started grad school was to a) keep a list of all the books I read, and b) write one-page summaries for each text. This minimizes the time you have to spend recalling texts and revisiting their arguments as you organize reading lists and prepare for the exams. The one-page summaries get you in the mindset of noting only the important aspects of each book, too.

For more ideas, the University of Washington compiled a good list of helpful tips for comprehensive exam preparation.