Graduate Student History Conference-- "The Anatomy of Crisis: Meeting the Current Moment Through Entangled Histories."

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Environmental History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Social History / Studies

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 by January 31, 2019.


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