The graduate students in History at the University of Toronto are pleased to invite proposals for the Fifth Annual Graduate History Symposium, to be held February 6-7, 2009. The aim of this two day conference is to bring together a diverse group of graduate students to explore scholarly research on the history of institutions, broadly conceived.
Institutions, as formal organizations, social practices, and established customs, have played a significant role in shaping history and in affecting how historians study the past. The practice of history is itself an institution; as scholars and students we must continually grapple with the implications that institutionalization has had on our subjects and on our methodologies. Histories of institutions are studies of power and control, of accepted norms and marginalized peripheries. They are also studies of agency and negotiation, and of cooperation and community.
We encourage submissions from graduate students in a variety of disciplines and across temporal, spatial and thematic boundaries. Some suggested areas of study include, but are not limited to:
* the environment, spaces, and human geographies
* the construction of identities
* intellectual ideas about self, society, and populations
* technology and power
* religion and belief systems
* rebellion, resistance, and violence
* law and order
Please send proposals, which should not exceed 250 words, along with a short biographical sketch to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals for entire panels are also encouraged. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2008. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by early January.
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