CFP: 2016 McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History

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Call for Papers
February 25, 2015 to February 27, 2016
Quebec, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Graduate Studies, Digital Humanities, Research and Methodology


Past the Pages


Hosted by McGill’s History & Classical Studies Graduate Student Association

With a keynote address by Seth Koven (Rutgers University) on 26 February & an afternoon lecture by Jeremy Tai (McGill University) on 27 February.

We all carry vantage points that give context to our practice. Our own lived experiences service our understanding and interpretation of the past and lead us in how we construct the lived experiences of the people and events that occupy our study. We invite graduate scholars to explore the lives of the historical figures that fill their investigations. Who are the “the casualties of history” or “back-room workers” that dwell in ongoing graduate research? How can scholars get out of the archive and into the public? What approaches and technologies help facilitate this transition? What digital practices carve new methods for humanities research?

We fill much of our work with reading the endless pages from journals, monographs, archive boxes, and scrolling screens. This leads to writing pages that we intend to become articles, chapters, and dissertations. Where so much of our work is bound to the page, the 2016 McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History invites you to get Past the Pages for a meaningful discussion of our practice. 

Given the varied public applications and misapplications of history, we invite graduate scholars from across the disciplines who use sound historical approaches in their research to submit a proposal from any geographic region or temporal period. Interdisciplinary submissions are welcome. Topics can include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Social Movements
  • Material Cultures and Art
  • Religious Practices
  • Mythologies and Mythmaking
  • Digital History
  • The History of Aesthetics, Emotions, and the Senses
  • Text Mining and Computational Analysis
  • Political and Economic Agendas
  • Settlement and Migration Patterns
  • Place, Space, Geography, and the Environment
  • Issues of Methodology
  • Applications of History

Proposals for 15-20 minute paper presentations should include a maximum 300-word abstract and 125-word academic biography. All submissions should include the presenter’s name, institution affiliation, contact information, and presentation title. Submissions may be in English or French. Please submit proposals in Word or PDF format to by December 18, 2015.

For more information, please contact Stephan Pigeon or Tyler Yank at, visit, or tweet @MQ_2016 on Twitter!


Contact Info: 

Tyler Yank and Stephan Pigeon, doctoral students with the Department of History & Classical Studies at McGill University, Montreal (QC), and co-organizers of the 2016 McGill-Queens Graduate Conference in History.

To submit an abstract, or for further questions, please contact us at