The 1950s and 1960s heralded significant disciplinary transformations, providing new possibilities for historians to shift their analytical gaze away from dominate historical narratives and toward marginalized historical actors, groups, spaces, and themes. Notions of self-determination and equality in the emerging post-colonial world gave impetus to new currents of scholarly inquiry aimed at excavating submerged voices from the past and representing groups that had previously been denied historical agency. In doing so, historians needed new tools to reconstruct and reconceptualize pasts not originally intended to be remembered or represented. Subsequently, ways of knowing and approaching the past changed and fostered the formation of new disciplines and subdisciplines as well as interdisciplinary collaborations in order to meet this task. Notwithstanding academic efforts over the last half century, certain groups and topics remain in silence while others are being pushed to the margins of scholarship for the first time.
The purpose of this conference is both to continue and contest scholarship on the margins. While we encourage and welcome all abstracts pertinent to the topic of marginalization, we are especially interested in submissions that address the following themes:
1) Marginalized groups based on but not limited to:
race, class, labor, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, and citizenship.
2) Locating the Margins:
Marginalized spaces (geographical, discursive, institutionalized, epistemological, disciplinary).
3) Approaching the Margins:
Methodological and epistemological tools, the problems of the Archive, silences and the production of history, and ways of reconstructing pasts that lack sources.
Please submit abstracts no longer than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should include your name, affiliation, major field, academic status, and contact information (CV optional). The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2012. If selected, final papers will be due to your panel chair no later than March 15, 2012.
For more information and conference updates, please visit our conference website: http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~hsa/activities/conference/
Questions should be emailed to:
Lindsay Ehrisman, Conference Coordinator
History Students Association
San Francisco State University
phone: (415) 236-0472
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