The University of Illinois at Chicago History Graduate Society announces its third annual Chicago Graduate Student History Conference: Visions of Purpose: Belief, Ideology and Historical Change. This event will take place at UIC on April 10, 2010.
Religious, ideological, political, cultural, ethnic and scientific belief systems are often identified as motivators of historical change, inspiring actors in myriad ways. As historians approach various historical phenomena, the underlying belief systems of individuals, groups, nations and cultures present themselves as important players in the concrete actions that people take. How do beliefs drive political and social revolutions and movements, and when do they serve as the impetus for retrenchment and counter-revolution? What are the limitations of using ideologies as an explanation for historical action? Exploration of these systems can enrich our understanding of historical change and help us to present a richer and more nuanced view of the past. We seek to bring together scholars to consider and discuss the ways in which these processes take place, thereby furthering our understanding of the role of ideas in the past.
Submissions for panels or individual papers are welcomed from graduate students at all levels and advanced undergraduates. We welcome scholars whose work focuses on any region, field or time period. Please send a 250 word abstract and a short (no more than 2 pages) CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 10, 2010. For panel proposals, please send a 200 word panel abstract along with paper abstracts and presenters’ CVs.
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