CFP: Body, Place, and Identity Conference (University of North Texas, CFP deadline 1 Dec 2018)

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Call for Papers
December 1, 2018
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, World History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Research and Methodology, Popular Culture Studies


Body, Place, and Identity Conference

to be held at the University of North Texas

March 1-2, 2019


Hosted by BPI Faculty Members and the Department of History

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Women’s and Gender Studies


Call for Proposals due December 1, 2018


In 2018 the Department of History launched a new concentration for graduate students called “Body, Place, and Identity” ( The Body, Place, and Identity Conference invites undergraduate and graduate students to present research papers related to these themes, broadly construed.


Throughout the conference we will explore how historical subjects construct and are constructed by their surroundings and their corporealities. “Bodies” represents the literal bodies of human and non-human beings as well as physical/natural/human-made “bodies” and communities such as bodies of water, civic bodies, etc. This connects to histories of place, defined geographically and existentially, framed by political, environmental, spiritual, and other borders. Emerging from bodies and places are identities, shaped by gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, economics, politics, religions, and other social, biological, and cultural influences. This conference theme reflects the thematic nature of the BPI doctoral concentration at UNT’s History Department, which allows our students to frame historical questions that decenter the nation state and traditional chronological frameworks for study. The BPI concentration encourages students to think creatively, comparatively, and globally in a program that is particularly strong regarding the study of gender and sexuality, food and the body, and issues of race and ethnicity.


We invite graduate students and undergraduates to attend. Send your paper proposal that gives your topic and summarizes your argument on research about any historical subject from any geographic area or period. We accept proposals for both individual presentations and for entire panels (with 3-4 participants). The BPI conference committee will form panels from accepted individual proposals and assign the chair-commentators. Each individual presenter should plan to speak for 10-15 minutes from papers that are 1200-1700 words long.


Submission Procedure: Each prospective presenter should include their name, e-mail address, phone number, a complete mailing address, and university affiliation in the proposal.

  • Individual submissions should include a paper proposal of no more than 500 words that summarizes the topic and argument.
  • Group submissions for a paper session should include a proposed session title, an abstract of no more than 250 words for the session as a whole, and a prospectus of no more than 500 words for each paper. Please clearly identify which prospective presenter is the person whom the BPI conference committee will contact.

Please send proposals to: before or on December 1, 2018.

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Please contact Prof. Nancy Stockdale at

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