A Call for Papers - Positioning Histories:
Consequences of Space and Place on Historical Narratives
This year’s conference, Positioning Histories: Consequences of Space and Place on Historical Narratives, examines how historians demonstrate the relationship between geography, people, and events, which literally “take place.” The locations of our historical narratives often serve a greater purpose than being a mere backdrop for a story – space and place can influence people’s sense of social identity, affect cultural practices, provide environmental resources, and even shape our metaphysical understanding of how the world works. We can understand places as more than just a terrestrial concept, however. The ocean, human-built structures, and culturally constructed imaginaries are just a few alternatives. This conference invites participants to analyze how different historical approaches can bring their own specialized analyses of space and place together in order to help illuminate and ground past human experiences.
We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Dr. Edward Murphy, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at Michigan State University. His research and teaching explores themes of mass urbanization, inequality, domesticity, state formation, and political economy. Dr. Murphy is currently completing a book manuscript, A Home of One’s Own: The Urban Politics of Propriety in Chile.
Paper submissions will be accepted from graduate students of any department. Papers are encouraged to relate to the theme of the conference, but topics with other historical focuses may be submitted for consideration as well. To have your paper considered, please submit a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org as an email attachment. The deadline for submissions is January 17th, 2014. The conference itself will take place on April 5th, 2014, location TBA. Scholars traveling from out of state may apply for grants to compensate for travel expenses.
Key Info –
How to apply: Please submit a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words to email@example.com as an email attachment
Deadline: Friday, January 17th, 2014
Conference: Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 5th, 2014! Location TBA
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Edward Murphy, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at Michigan State University.
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