Call for Papers:
How do we, as historians, meet the current moment? In the pursuit of knowledge and training in the
study and practice of history, many of us grapple with issues of race, ethnicity, citizenship, belonging,
immigration, carceral spaces, violence, and the state in our work and in our everyday lives. Over the past
few years, there have been countless conversations in the media (mass and social) which have raised a
multiplicity of historical examples to cite as comparison between what is currently happening and what
has happened in the United States and around the world at various points throughout history. These
examples have been raised by pundits, politicians, journalists, academics, activists, and everyday people
bearing witness to the conditions experienced by those held in government facilities, to those who are
making the journey to immigrate and seek asylum, and those who are currently in the U.S. who are just
trying to live their lives. Historians, therefore, are a necessary part of the conversation. In order to
encourage new scholarship that speaks to the crises of our time, the Indiana University History Graduate
Student Association will host its annual conference for graduate students to come together and present
their research. Our conference this year will take place on March 6th-7th, 2020.
We solicit papers which include, but are not limited to, the following:
citizenship and belonging • identity • state • human rights • social movements • empire • capitalism •
modernity/modern culture • politics of knowledge • labor • immigration • global/transnational •
movement of bodies, ideas, and material things • environmental and ecological histories • sexual
violence • intellectual and cultural history
We invite students to submit an abstract, addressing these questions and any others which illuminate the
relationship between past and present, and what it means to be living in a moment of “crisis.” This theme
does not necessarily translate to charting similarities between past in present, but discovering the
throughlines. Rather than think about history as a linear timeline, we encourage participants to think
deeply about the connecting and intersecting strands within the complex skein of history.
We welcome submissions from all disciplines, geographic specializations, and time periods which address
our conference theme. This theme is purposely broad, allowing participants to frame topics around their
interests while historicizing issues of the present.
Please send (as PDF attachments) titles, abstracts no longer than 400 words, and CVs to
firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2019.