We are pleased to announce the York University History Department’s annual conference, which will happen online on March 24-26, 2022. This is an excellent forum for graduate students in history and related fields to present their on-going research to fellow colleagues and obtain useful feedback.
This year’s theme (Recollecting Historical Narratives: Facing the Past, Understanding the Present, and Shaping the Future) supports scholars’ courage to face complex historical processes and to question traditional narratives in order to unravel a deeper understanding of current socio-political issues. The 2022 New Frontiers conference welcomes multi- and interdisciplinary research from all historic eras, geo-political regions, areas of study, and methodological backgrounds. In the spirit of collaboration and mutual learning, MA, PhD and post-graduate students are encouraged to submit papers on their original research, such as: completed or in-progress dissertation chapters, ongoing Master’s theses, research projects/proposals, and/or substantial course papers.
Applicants are invited to submit one individual paper and choose between two modalities of participation:
- Panels: Open roundtables composed of 2 to 4 presentations of 15-20 minutes, joined by a moderator/commentator, with an allocated time at the end for open debate and questions from the audience. This is ideal for graduate students who are more advanced in their research and wish to obtain solid feedback on a written piece.
- Workshops: Closed groups of 3-4 students who will each present for about 10 minutes, followed by a group debate on each of the papers to help the authors advance in their research. The idea is for the closed group to discuss together each paper to provide as much feedback as possible for continuing research. This is ideal for MA and PhD students working on theses and research proposals or who are finding themselves “stuck”.
The deadline to submit an abstract is February 4th.
Please submit abstracts according to the following guidelines:
- Panels: a maximum 250-word traditional abstract. If you wish to do so, the deadline to submit the full paper to the moderator is March 11th.
- Workshops: a 500 to 1000 words abstract answering questions such as: what is the stage and purpose of the research; what are the objectives; what are the main weaknesses and/or major difficulties the author is facing; what would the author like to improve, etc. Abstracts will be shared between members of the closed group to aid group discussion and feedback.
All abstracts must be accompanied by a title, at least three keywords, indication of related conference themes, and a short academic biography.