UPDATED CFP- University of Alabama Graduate Conference on Power and Struggle Paper Contest

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Call for Papers
June 23, 2020
Alabama, United States
Subject Fields: 
Social History / Studies

The Graduate History Association of the Department of History at The University of Alabama previously announced its hosting of the Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Conference on Power and Struggle. Due to the current environment of uncertainty surrounding public health and safety concerns this coming Fall Semester, the executive committee has decided to transition from an in-person conference to a paper contest this year. With this, we are extending the submission deadline to Tuesday June 23rd, in hopes to reach and engage with more scholars during this period of academic instability

The theme of the contest remains the same and can be found below. Given the current social and scholarly climate, we have chosen to expand our number of offered paper awards from two to four. Awards will consider the Best Paper Submission Overall, Best Paper in Southern History, Best Paper of a member of Phi Alpha Theta, and the final one will also consider written elements such as the use of narrative, style of the work, use of materials, and language. Awards will be announced over the course of the original conference dates, Friday October 9th and Saturday October 10th, 2020. 

The contest’s theme addresses new approaches of historical analysis that focus on the relationship between struggle and power, especially people who struggled to break, transform, or reclaim the boundaries constructed by those in power. We encourage graduate students to submit papers that examine these relationships across various temporal, geographical, and topical fields and disciplines. The contest seeks submissions employing theoretical approaches, interdisciplinary methods, comparative perspectives, and multi-archival research bases that push the bounds of historical interpretation. 

The GHA Conference Committee seeks submissions concerning, but not limited to, the following topics: 

  • Power in institutions, society, and religion 

  • Struggle in cultural expression, social relationships, and belief systems 

  • Power in discourse on gender, race, and class 

  • Struggle against labels in nationalism, ethnicity, or sexual identity 

  • Power in traditional structures such as politics, diplomacy, imperialism, and war 

  • Struggle in resistance such as crime, protest, liberation, and revolution 

Papers submissions should range from 12 to 25 double-spaced pages in length, include a full title, and a one-page CV of the submitter. All submissions should be sent in PDF or Word format via email to ghapowerandstruggle@ua.edu. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Contact Info: 

Jacob Hiserman

Co-Chair, University of Alabama Graduate History Association Conference Committee