The Boston University American Political History Institute welcomes submissions for the third annual graduate student political history conference to take place Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2011. For this year’s conference, we seek to rethink the static “red vs. blue” political perspective by exploring the intersection of politics and culture in elections over the course of American history. The conference will provide an opportunity for collaboration, debate, and discussion about the role of elections in American society. We welcome papers that investigate elections and their impact on institutions, how elections influence cultural forms, how culture shapes both domestic and international issues that are raised during an election, how politicians use cultural trends, or how local elections highlight nuanced cultural tensions, and ultimately complicate traditional political narratives.
We ask panelists to examine how cultural forms and representations--including religion, entertainment, sexuality, gender, morality, environment, race or ethnicity--have influenced political campaigns or the electorate. What role has culture played in various struggles over voting rights? How have politicians and voters both drawn on cultural imagery or rhetoric during elections? Individual paper proposals should be submitted in the form of 300-500 word abstracts by Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Please email paper proposals and a one-page C.V. to Seth Blumenthal at email@example.com.
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