These came across my email box a little while back, and are worth spreading about.  They promise to be really good.

CFP:  Law, Violence, and Social Bonds

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a three-day conference
entitled ‘Law, Violence and Social Bonds, c. 900-1250,’ hosted by the St
Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies. The conference aims to create a
lively, rigorous yet relaxed forum in which both established academics and
postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars can present research, exchange
ideas, participate in creative discussion and develop contacts.

Each of the conference’s themes has received ample scholarly treatment
individually, but not collectively. Considering attitudes towards lawful
and unlawful violence in relation to social bonds – be they familial,
seignorial or spiritual – and bringing together a number of distinct
conceptual approaches, such as anthropology, sociology and prosopography,
this conference will offer new avenues of research and discussion.
Scholars from Britain, Europe and North America will come together and
explore these issues in a wide range of geographical and cultural

Our two keynote speakers for the conference will be Dominique Barthélemy
(Université Paris Sorbonne – IV) and William Ian Miller (University of
Michigan Law School); six invited speakers will offer shorter papers
discussing the conference themes within different contextual milieux.

We invite proposals from postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars from any
relevant Mediaeval discipline for 20-minute papers, encouraging in
particular considerations of the interactions and relationships amongst
law, violence and social bonds.

The conference will include lunches, refreshments, two wine receptions, an
optional conference meal, and a tour of St Andrews; proceedings will be
concluded on Sunday lunchtime with a roundtable discussion.

Please send abstracts for papers of 20 minutes, of no more than 250 words,


Landscapes of Freedom:
Freedom Struggles throughout the Nineteenth Century

A graduate student conference presented by The George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center The Pennsylvania State University April 1-2, 2011

The struggle for freedom among a wide variety of groups of people has been an important focus in the history of nineteenth century America for the last 40 years. This conference seeks to reevaluate this theme in light of new historiographic trends which emphasize social constructions of place, transnational connections, and a broader understanding of the meaning of the word freedom.

We are interested in addressing questions such as: How was the meaning of freedom contested by various groups throughout the nineteenth century?  What is the historiographical future of the concept of freedom struggles? How has the trend towards transnational history challenged our ideas about the political, social, cultural, and economic geography of freedom struggles in this period?
How do new approaches influencing the study of the nineteenth century, such as environmental history, change the way we view freedom struggles?

We welcome papers with topics from throughout the long nineteenth century, and from all disciplines.  Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, slavery and emancipation, struggles for womens’ rights, working class movements, immigration and nativism, conflicts over suffrage and citizenship, and the relationship between freedom struggles and the natural and built environment.

We welcome applications for both individual papers and panels.  Panels should consist of 2-3 papers and commentary— panel chairpersons will be provided.
Individual applicants should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a C.V. by February 7, 2011.  Panel applicants should submit a 200 word panel abstract and a 250 word abstract for each paper, as well as C. V.s for all participants, by February 7, 2011.  Notifications will be made in mid-February.
Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes (10-12 pages), and a preliminary version of each paper should be submitted by March 11, 2011.

The Richards Civil War Ea Center will help defray travel and lodging costs for participants in the conference, and will provide each participant with a travel stipend in the amount of $400.

Please send all applications via email to Will Bryan at

Sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) We the People Initiative.

The deadline for submission is Friday 11 March 2011.


3rd and final Call for Papers for the 1st Annual History Graduate Student Conference at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. The registration form for the conference has also been provided. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the conference committee at
ATTENTION: The Deadline for the Submission of Proposals and Panals has been moved to February 4th, 2011.
~ The Conference Website can be found at:
Title: “Fanaticism: Recollections, Representations, Reactions”
Louisville–March 25, 2011 (Deadline Feb 5, 2011)
Location: Kentucky
Date: 2011-03-25
Description: The PhD in Humanities
( and the Association of
Humanities Academics at the University of Louisville
( announces the annual University of
Louisville Graduate Conference in Humanities, March 25, 2011.
This conference encourages a multi-disciplinar …
Announcement ID: 182255

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