The Boston University American Political History Institute welcomes submissions for the second annual graduate student political history conference to take place April 16th and 17th 2010. This year’s conference seeks to expand and redefine traditional narratives of political history by exploring the intersection between politics and culture over the course of American history.
The weekend will provide an opportunity for collaboration, debate, and discussion about the political implications of
cultural expressions. The conference welcomes papers that investigate how the political process manifests itself in cultural forms, how politicians shape culture for political advancement, or how cultural structures open new arenas for political activism, redefining the meaning of
politics. The conference will also feature a keynote address by Professor Lizbeth Cohen of Harvard University.
We welcome papers that consider how cultural forms
and representations—including religion, entertainment, sexuality, gender, morality, landscape, environment, race,
or ethnicity—have influenced the political process. How have
politicians incorporated cultural imagery or rhetoric to achieve political goals? How have voters used music, film, or lifestyle choices to vocalize political beliefs or choices?
Paper, panel, or roundtable proposals should be submitted in the form of 200-500 word abstracts by December 1st,2009. Please email paper proposals and a C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston University History Department
226 Bay State Rd.
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