Plural Visions: Organizing Communities With(in) the State
The history graduate students of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) are pleased to announce the second annual Chicago Graduate Student History Conference, to be held at UIC on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The deadline for submissions has been extended from February 1st to February 15th.
We are also pleased to announce Professor John D’Emilio, renowned historian of social movements and sexuality in America, will deliver the conference keynote address.
Few terms have greater resonance in historical debates and contemporary politics than “reform” and “change.” This conference seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations that frame efforts to initiate social, cultural, economic, or political change. Our goal is to encourage a discussion between diverse fields of study that will explore “reform” or “change” through a variety of definitions of the political, cultural, and the social. These explorations can include, but are certainly not limited to, organized and unorganized protests, riots, revolutionary movements, grassroots and state-centered politics, intellectual debates and journalistic crusades, moral campaigns, electoral politics, policymaking, and legal battles. We invite scholarship that explores the contours of these issues through movements and efforts to create or prevent reform initiated by individuals, communities, states or any combination thereof. By examining diverse approaches, times and places for creating or resisting change, we hope to encourage an open dialogue about how change and social mobilization vary in structure, style, and results.
Presentations from history graduate students in all areas of related research are welcome. We especially encourage submissions that look at change and organizing in places and at times in which reform is not normally discussed. In addition, graduate students working on historical topics in other disciplines are enthusiastically encouraged to apply. While most presentations will be based on completed research projects, students at earlier stages in their research are welcome to submit proposals. It is our hope that by gathering together a diverse body of scholarship we can learn from different methods, theories, and discourses to produce fruitful dialogue.
Please send proposals for individual papers or full panels to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals must be received by February 15, 2009. Proposal guidelines can be found below.
Accepted presenters will deliver a 10-15 minute talk on their research and receive feedback from a commentator and the assembled professors and graduate students.
Proposal Submission Guidelines
Proposals should be submitted by email to email@example.com. Proposals should include:
1) Paper title.
2) A 250-500 word abstract of presenter’s project or paper.
3) A list of any AV equipment required (i.e. projector for PowerPoint)
4) Presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, address, telephone number and e-mail.
5) A full CV is encouraged but optional.
In addition to the above, if you are submitting a panel, please include a brief introduction to the panel as a whole along with a title. Also, please indicate if you have already arranged for a commentator or if you would like us to arrange one for you.
Proposals must be received by February 15, 2009 to be considered. Notification of acceptance will be made by February 24, 2009.
UIC Graduate Student History Conference Director
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of History (MC 198)
913 University Hall 601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7109
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