The Indiana University History Graduate Student Association invites proposals from graduate students in history and related fields for its annual history conference.
The HGSA conference committee invites paper submissions and panel topics related to the theme of violence and its alternatives. Cognizant that interpretations and experiences of violence vary according to time and place, the organizers welcome submissions from a variety of perspectives and periods. For example, although many Americans have only begun to think personally about terrorism and violence since September 11, 2001, for millions of people in other countries, the threat of terror and bloodshed was commonplace well before that date. Attention to non-western and pre-modern attitudes toward violence in society is especially welcome.
Given the purposes of the conference in allowing graduate students the opportunity to present their work, the theme will be construed broadly. The conference committee also encourages the organization of graduate student roundtable discussion groups to address the conference theme.
In a time when terrorism and war figure prominently in news reports and everyday discourse, historians and other scholars are inclined to examine the historical meanings and uses of violence. How has violence affected past societies, how was it justified or opposed, and what were its alternatives? How has violence been experienced or perpetuated by different groups, and to what extent has it been affected by gender roles and social norms? How have people attempted to understand and control violence? How are various forms of violence, from the state-sponsored violence of military action to the intimate realm of domestic violence, related to each other?
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 7, 2003.
We welcome paper abstracts of 350 words or less that relate to the conference theme. Participants are also encouraged to submit proposals for panels. Please direct abstracts and any questions to either of the conference coordinators.
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