21st Annual University of Maine-University of New Brunswick International History Graduate Student Conference

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Call for Papers
January 28, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Graduate Studies, Humanities

Unheard Voices in History

March 26-27, 2022

The history graduate students of the University of Maine and the University of New Brunswick wish to announce the 21st Annual International History Graduate Student Conference on March 26-27, 2022. In past years, the conference has attracted participants from universities throughout the United States and Canada. This year’s event will be hosted virtually by the University of Maine in Orono, ME. 



This conference aims to give space for listening to narratives often rendered invisible, though always present in the throughline of history. Who are the people and what are the events that rendered our contemporary moment? How can our work as historians better unravel and amplify the voices of individuals that shape our political, economic, social, and intellectual realms? Can the study of history make the machinations of the world less opaque? 

We invite all interested graduate students, from any university or college, to submit proposals on any topic related to the theme of Unheard Voices in History. This topic intends to highlight voices and stories that have not been widely known or used in past historical discourses, while also showcasing the work of new historians and their historical approaches. For convenience, some possible paper topics have been listed below but are only suggestive:


  • Histories of marginalized communities
  • Dis/ability and ableism
  • Unseen forces of political, social, economic influence
  • Non-human, animal and environmental narratives and histories
  • Criticisms of canon
  • Digital interventions to visualize or reclaim experiential narratives


The selection committee will accept submissions outside of this theme as well. Ultimately, this is an opportunity to share graduate research before an audience of peers and foster international relationships. Following a year of disjointed and remote laboring, the University of Maine endeavors for the upcoming symposium to be an occasion for new/renewed conversations and intellectual inclusion. 

Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words, as well as a  shortened CV of no more than one or two pages in Word or PDF format to um.unb.conference2022@gmail.com by January 28th, 2022. Applicants should expect to hear back from conference organizers in mid-February.

Contact Info: 

Evangelos Zarkadas

Conference Chair

History Graduate Student, University of Maine