CFP 2017

“Crafting Mosaics: Contextualizing Diversity across

Space and Time”
March 4, 2017
The 7th Biennial Interdisciplinary Purdue Gradate History Conference
Purdue University Department of History
West Lafayette, Indiana

The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) at Purdue University welcomes paper and panel proposals for its seventh biennial graduate student conference titled, “Crafting Mosaics: Contextualizing Diversity across Space and Time.” Papers from advanced undergraduates will also be considered.

Competing perspectives on diversity continue to shape both historical scholarship and the environment in which that scholarship is produced. This conference aims to pair modern debates with historical approaches to diversity. It will bring together graduate and advanced undergraduate students from across fields to facilitate a meaningful and nuanced conversation about the conception, construction, use and misuse of “diversity” ideas over space and time.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker with be Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard University) author of The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power. Furthermore, the Purdue History Department will be hosting the conference, “America’s Newest History: The Nineties in Historical Perspective,” on March 2-3, 2017. This conference will bring together accomplished scholars of American history from across the globe to discuss the political, cultural, social, and economic upheavals of the past thirty years, and develop much needed historical frameworks for understanding this period in recent history.   Graduate conference participants will have an opportunity to join these discussions and benefit from the collaborative opportunities that the concurrence of these events presents.

Some potential topics include, but are not limited to: ageism; borderlands; capitalism, communism, populism, and socialism; class and labor conflicts; intellectual trends; ethnicity; education; foreign policy; gender and sexuality; LGBTQ communities;  masculinity; feminism; globalization, transnationalism, and other global approaches; intersectionality; empire and colonization; migration and diaspora; multi-national, multi-cultural, multi-confessional, multi-ethnic societies; nations and nationalism; patriotism; political affiliation; populations of color; social justice movements; regional diversity; and religious identity and conflict.

The best submissions will be recognized at the conference luncheon. There will be no registration fee. Submission Deadline Extended: December 16, 2016. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 1-2-page CV via e-mail to Panel submissions are welcome.  Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by January 15, 2017. 

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