The University of Illinois at Chicago History Graduate Society announces its fourth annual Windy City Graduate Student History Conference: Contested Spaces, Contested Identities: Exploring Power and Resistance in the Modern World. This event will take place at UIC on November 5, 2011.
Contests for power are often identified as engines of historical change, resulting in broad social, political, and ideological transformations. As historians examine conflicts over the control of space and the boundaries of social identities, contests for power not only illuminate our understanding of historical change but also help us present a more nuanced and sophisticated view of the past. We are interested in exploring power and resistance between and within a wide range of topics, such as geographical borders and frontiers, masculinity and femininity, race and ethnicity, technology and science, and local, global, and national boundaries. By bringing scholars together to discuss the ways in which these contests over space and identity take place, we hope to open up new methods of exploration, to produce further discussion on the roles of power and resistance in the modern world, and to understand how historians construct narratives of the past.
Submissions for panels or individual papers are welcomed from graduate students at all levels and advanced undergraduates. We welcome scholars who work focuses on any region or field. Please send a 250 word abstract and a short (no more than 2 pages) CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2011. For panel proposals, please send a 200 word panel abstract along with paper abstracts and presenters' CVs.
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