CFP: 13th Annual Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Association Conference

Isabelle Squires Discussion
Call for Papers
February 12, 2021
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Southeast Asian History / Studies, World History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Humanities

13th Annual Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Association Conference


"Constructing History Through the Prism of Perspective, Identity, and Memory" - April 9, 2021


100% Virtual Conference




Conference Theme: History casts a long shadow over current social and political movements, placing historians in the crosshairs of ideological contestations. The construction of History--rooted in authors’ academic, cultural, geographic, or political backgrounds--is inescapably subjective, but how does this diversity shape the narratives and discourses within the field of academic History? And how does the creation of historical memory through the prism of the authors’ identities affect its interpretation within a polarized political and social environment? This year’s annual Northern Illinois University HGSA Conference invites scholars and graduate students to question how constructing history and preserving memory through historians’ diverse backgrounds and identities shape the field of History and its reception by wider or multidisciplinary audiences.


Graduate students (M.A. and Ph.D.) from any field of historical study are invited to submit individual proposals or panel proposals of 2-3 presenters. Our theme is intended to invite and represent a wide expanse of historical scholarship. Accordingly, submissions on any historical topic from any history-related field are welcomed. 


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael G. Vann, Historian of Modern Southeast Asia (California State University, Sacramento)


Keynote Lecture: "Memory Holes and Crocodile Holes: Representing and Silencing Cold War Era Mass Violence in Southeast Asian Museums.”


Abstract Submissions DeadlineFebruary 12, 2021 (not to exceed 300 words in .doc or .pdf form)


Paper or Panel Submissions Deadline: March 12, 2021

Individual paper or full panel proposals must be submitted by March 12, 2021. Panel proposals should include a brief statement about the session. Submissions and inquiries can be addressed to:


Abstracts should include the name of the submitter, institutional affiliation(s), a brief biographical statement indicating academic status, and a return address, current email, and other pertinent contact information. Panel proposals are encouraged. They should include the same information, as well as a brief description of the panel. Presentations should run between 15-20 minutes. Note that all submissions will be accepted as the conference schedule permits.



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Isabelle Squires and Dan McCoy, 2021 HGSA Conference Co-organizers





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