CFP - New Approaches: History in the Twenty First Century

Robyn Schwarz's picture
April 1, 2016
Ontario, Canada
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Research and Methodology

The Fifth Annual Western University History Conference 

Conference dates: May 13 & 14, 2016

Location:  University of Western Ontario,  London, ON, Canada

Proposals due: April 1, 2016

New Approaches: History in the 21st Century

The History Graduate Student Association of the University of Western Ontario invites proposals for our fifth annual conference, “New Approaches: History in the 21st Century,” explores the future of history to showcase cutting-edge scholarship and to foreground innovative methods and ideas.

The first day of the conference features half a day of panel and paper presentations that model or discuss new approaches to history, and half a day of unconference sessions. We welcome work on any historical time period or topic, including interdisciplinary work, but urge presenters to highlight new methods, audiences, approaches, or ideas. Such new approaches might include, but are not limited to:

• digital history & computational research methods

• history & the digital humanities

• transnational & global histories

• big history

• experimental history

• active & public history

• transgender history

• sensory history & histories of affect

• disability history • animal history

• interdisciplinary approaches to history

• new audiences for historical work

• new media for historical dissemination

• histories of the 21st century

• the future of history

The second day of the conference features practical digital history method workshops that discuss core skills required by historians in the 21st century. Whether you are a digital novice or an elite coder, you should find something accessible and worthwhile. For our confirmed workshops, please see:

Our confirmed external keynote speaker Ian Milligan of Waterloo University.

Our confirmed internal keynote speaker is Lauren Shire.

Please submit proposals for panels or papers for the first day of the conference now. Proposals should consist of a title and abstract of 250-300 words, along with a one page CF or short biographical statement. Applicants are encouraged to submit pre-made panels (3-4 people per panel), or abstracts for a single paper, which will be placed in panels by the committee. We welcome either in equal part.

Alternate session formats, such as roundtables, single papers with several commentators, and the like, are also welcome.

Please email us at by April 1, 2016 with your abstracts, questions, and inquiries.

To keep up to date with the conference, please visit our Twitter account, @westernHGS, or website at