CALL FOR PAPERS: BOSTON UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT AMERICAN POLITICAL HISTORY CONFERE
The Politics of Protest: Dissent, Interest Groups, and the Loyal and Disloyal Opposition in U.S. Political History
April 11-12, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Sean Wilentz, Princeton University
The Boston University American Political History Institute (APHI) welcomes submissions for its sixth annual graduate student conference.
Throughout American history — from the Boston Tea Party to today’s Tea Party — disparate groups have challenged the political system or tried to use it to advance their goals. Some succeeded, some failed, and some met with mixed results, but all had an impact. This conference will bring together those stories of opposition, protest, and advocacy to analyze their meaning and importance in the context of the American protest tradition.
The conference organizers espouse a broad definition of “the politics of protest.” This definition encompasses any group that is dissatisfied with the government or its laws and wishes to alter them in ways large or small. Examples might include rebels, rioters, reformers, lobbyists, third parties, activists, and many others. We encourage papers that address any time period in American history.
The most outstanding submission will receive the APHI Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Prize, which includes a $1,000 cash award. All presenters must be current graduate students, and distinguished faculty will serve as commentators for each panel.
A keynote address will be delivered by Sean Wilentz, the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. Professor Wilentz is the author of many acclaimed books, including Chants Democratic, The Rise of American Democracy, and The Age of Reagan. He is also a contributing editor for The New Republic and writes frequently for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Review of Books.
Individual paper or panel proposals should be submitted in the form of a 300-500 word abstract by Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Please include a one-page C.V. along with your proposal, and send via email to David Shorten at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the conference web page at http://www.bu.edu/history/gradconference for more information and updates.
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