Call for Papers: The University of Alabama Graduate History Association 11th Annual Conference on Power and Struggle

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Call for Papers
June 2, 2019
Alabama, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Military History, Social History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The conference’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 proposals that examine these relationships across various temporal, geographical, and topical fields and disciplines. The conference seeks proposals employing theoretical approaches, interdisciplinary methods, comparative perspectives, and multi-archival research bases that pushes the bounds of historical interpretation. At the keynote address of the conference, one presenter will earn recognition as the recipient of the Best Paper Prize. The University of Alabama’s graduate history journal, the Southern Historian, also sponsors an award for the Best Paper in Southern History.


The GHA Conference 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


Single papers should include a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV of the presenter. We also highly encourage for full-panel proposals will be accepted.  Full panel proposals need to provide a 300-word abstract of the pannel’s theme, a list of presenters, and a one-page CV for each presenter. All submissions should be sent in Word format via email to the committee using

The deadline for proposal submission is July 2, 2019. Final papers should be submitted to commentators by September 23, 2019.  For more information please email the committee at

Contact Info: 

Dante A. Whittaker Jr.