A few CFPs that have been clogging up the old inbox… In descending order: UMass Amherst, Rutgers, Flinders University in Australia (I know, a long shot, literally, but what the heck), the GSA, Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky, and Columbia…Most of these are graduate conferences.

Graduate History Conference at UMass Amherst

–the Call for Papers for the Annual Graduate
History Association Conference, hosted by the Graduate Students of the
Department of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on
March 10, 2012.

The conference is titled “Networks, Connections, and Exchange:
Historical Perspectives.” We encourage submissions from graduate
students in any discipline and on a wide range of topics and periods.
Particular attention will be given to submissions utilizing primary
source archival research.

All submissions must be received by January 6th, 2012 in order to be

We kindly ask that you forward this to anyone you know who may be
interested and thank you for taking the time to do so. Please do not
hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.

Graduate History Association


The Rutgers History Department Announces The 34th Annual Warren and Beatrice Susman Graduate Conference


An interdisciplinary conference held on March 24, 2012 in New Brunswick, NJ
Featuring a keynote address from Khalil Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

We welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on all topics related to the conference theme.  The late cultural historian Warren Susman urged historians to write beyond traditional narratives and develop a different kind of historical lens, through the often arduous yet rewarding task of uncovering and illuminating new sources and neglected subjects. Today researchers in many fields face similar challenges of unearthing inaccessible archives, or subjects traditionally considered indelicate, to push the boundaries of intellectual development. We hope to elicit the participation of graduate students who represent a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Submission Deadline January 16, 2012 

Please submit a 150-300-word abstract with paper title, and a CV with author contact information. The organizers of complete sessions should send in a 200-word description of the session along with abstracts and CVs for each participant. Please list audio-visual requirements, if any.

Send abstracts or inquiries to susman2012@gmail.com. Participants will be notified of acceptance by February 6and will be required to submit completed 10-12 page papers by March 9.


CFP: Globalising Germany: Exploration, Emigration and
Empire, 1848-1918 – Adelaide, Australia 07/12

Flinders University
05.07.2012-06.07.2012, Adelaide, Australia
Deadline: 20.01.2012

Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University), author of “Alabama in Africa: Booker T Washington, the German Empire and the Globalization of the New South” and “Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany.”

Recent investigations into globalisation during the long nineteenth century have stressed the centrality of mobility in creating global exchange networks. Yet, despite an efflorescence in transnational cooperation, the mobility of labour, ideas and capital was still often conceived as intrinsically linked to the fortunes of individual nation-states, who competed as well as cooperated in expanding their economic, political and military reach. Prior to 1871, this picture was complicated in the German states by the tensions that existed between nationalist and regional approaches to the question of a ‘German’ role in the world.

Whether as close as partioned Poland or as far away as the Pacific Islands, Germans found it necessary to cooperate closely with other international powers but also to assert their own competitive national priorities, while negotiating the regional priorities emphasised by different German states.

Recognising this interplay between the local, the national and the transnational, this conference will investigate German attempts to explore, settle and trade around the globe between 1848 and 1918. Papers focusing on themes related to exploration, trade and settlement emanating from German states and Germany are welcome, with postgraduate papers particularly welcome. The conference organisers also intend to publish a selection of the papers given as a special edition of a peer reviewed scholarly journal or as an edited collection with an academic press.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, plus a short biography of no more than 100 words should be addressed to either

matthew.fitzpatrick@flinders.edu.au<mailto:matthew.fitzpatrick@flinders.edu.au>   orpeter.monteath@flinders.edu.au<mailto:peter.monteath@flinders.edu.au>

and received by 20th January 2012.

Potential paper givers would also be reminded that the conference takes place on the Thursday and Friday immediately prior to the Australian Historical Association Annual Conference, which will also be held in Adelaide on the 9th-13th July, 2012. They might, that is, consider submitting a paper for that conference as well.


Call for papers for a panel, “From Frontgemeinschaft to Volksgemeinschaft? Marginalized War Veterans in postwar Germany,” at the German Studies Association meeting, October 4 – October 7, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Deadline:  January 15, 2012

Germany’s defeat in 1918 as well as “front experience” left an indelible mark on the postwar German veterans’ culture. War veterans had been traditionally accorded immense social prestige in modern Germany.  After the First World War, however, the veterans’ movement was increasingly clad in a nationalist mantle that excluded many groups blamed for Imperial Germany’s defeat – Jews, socialists, communists, and pacifists. Moreover, many former soldiers from Alsace, Lorraine, or the territories ceded to Poland and Belgium became pariahs under their new governments. Despite the different national and political contexts, all these individuals shared several similarities that were shaped by the experience of war, defeat, and questioned patriotism.

I am looking for one or two more papers on post-WWI German war veterans for a panel at the upcoming 2012 GSA meeting.  Specifically, the panel shall address those former soldiers ostracized from the mainstream veterans’ community due to racial or political reasons, or rendered “homeless” in an actual and spiritual sense through postwar territorial settlements.

Please send a 1-2 page paper proposal by January 15, 2012 to Michael Geheran at <mgeheran@clarku.edu.edu<mailto:mgeheran@clarku.edu.edu>>.


Shifting Boundaries: Expansion, Invasion, and Violence in the West

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s History Graduate Students’
Association welcomes proposals for the Seventh Annual James A. Rawley
Graduate Conference in the Humanities, “Shifting Boundaries:
Expansion, Invasion, and Violence in the West.” The Homestead National
Monument will host this event on March 31, 2012. This
interdisciplinary conference explores the many facets of expansion
into and invasion of the North American West. “Newcomers” often
clashed with those already living on the land as a result of altered
physical, cultural, and social boundaries.

We invite papers and panels covering any aspect of the West’s shifting
boundaries, including representations and reenactments of violence,
city development and changing environmental landscapes, homesteading
and other federal land policies, homesteading literature, and social
boundaries such as gender, race, and class. We especially encourage
papers and panels about the Native American experience before, during,
and after the American Civil War, including, but not limited to, the
Dakota Conflict, Sand Creek Massacre, and dispossession of land as a
consequence of the Civil War. We also welcome perspectives on other
colonial ‘frontiers.’

Our keynote panel, “Looking Forward: The Challenges, Directions, and
Futures of Western History,” will be a discussion on issues of Western
History featuring Sarah Carter, Elliott West, and John R. Wunder.
Sarah Carter is the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of
History and Classics and Chair of the Department of History and
Classics and Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.
Her most recent book, The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and
Nation Building in Western Canada to 1915, has received several book
awards. Elliott West is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of History
at the University of Arkansas. In addition to the numerous books and
articles he has published, he was a finalist for the 2009 Robert
Foster Cherry Award recognizing outstanding teaching in the
English-speaking world. John R. Wunder is an Emeritus Professor of
History and Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and
recent president of the Western History Association.

We encourage participants in the James A. Rawley Conference to attend
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Great Plains Studies
conference, “1862-2012: The Making of the Great Plains,” held on March
28-30, 2012. Pre-registration for the CGPS conference is required.
Registrants for the CGPS Conference will received a reduced
registration fee at the Rawley Conference. Proof of payment to the
CGPS is required for the discount to take effect. Please visit their
website for more information about rates.

We invite paper proposals from graduate and advanced undergraduate
students across all disciplines. Paper proposals should include a
one-paragraph abstract and one-page C.V. Full panel proposals will
also be considered. Panel proposals should include a one-paragraph
description of the panel itself, as well as a one-paragraph abstract
for each paper (maximum of three) and a current C.V. for each panel
participant. Please indicate any audio-visual needs required for
presentations upon submission of proposals. All proposals should be
emailed to rawley@unlserve.unl.edu no later than January 17, 2012.


The Graduate Association of German Students (GAGS) at the University of Kansas

is pleased to announce its call for papers for the 15th annual GAGS Conference,

Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2012


Max Kade Center for German-American Studies

Lawrence, Kansas


Presentations by graduate students on any facet of German literature, linguistics, history or other disciplines are welcome. This year, the focus of the conference will be

“Honor and Dishonor, Mistakes and Redemption: Literature and Linguistics from Pre-Modernity to Modernity”


with a key-note address delivered by Dr. Marike Janzen, Humanities and Western Civilization, University of Kansas


Please send your abstracts to Jenny Faber at tashbag@ku.edu by January 6, 2012.

The final program will be determined and made available by January 15, 2012.

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

–Mistakes in scholarship with lasting ramifications

— Changing conceptions of chivalry and honor in literature and throughout history

–German philosophers’ influence on understandings of honor and dishonor

–How mistakes become standardized in a language, with specific examples from German

–Honor, dishonor and the shape of contemporary German society

–Germanic honor tradition in medieval and modern literature

–Religious influence on the social acceptability of mistakes

Limited accommodation may be found for out-of-town guests with graduate students in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.



Twenty-First Annual Bluegrass Symposium University of Kentucky History Graduate Student Conference February 24-25, 2012 University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
The Twenty-First Annual Bluegrass Symposium, the University of Kentucky’s History Graduate Student Conference, invites paper submissions from advanced graduate students in any field of history. Students may submit individual paper proposals or panels. All fields of history are welcome, and we especially encourage submissions on Foreign Policy, the American South and Appalachia, the History of Slavery, Transnational and Global History. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for M.A. and Ph.D. students to gain experience presenting original research and receiving feedback in a conference setting. Our keynote speakers will be Dr. Jeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, author of this year’s Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama, and Dr. Tatiana Seijas, Assistant Professor of History at Miami University and author of “The Portuguese Slave Trade to Spanish Manila: 1580-1640,” published in Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction. Proposals should include: submitter’s name, contact information/email, institutional affiliation, a 250- word abstract of the paper (with title), and a brief biographical statement indicating your academic status. Recognition of the two strongest papers will receive $50 in travel support and lodging for Friday. We will also make an effort to match those in need of lodging with local graduate students. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for either of these support options. For more information please visithttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Bluegrass-Symposium-of-the-University-of-Kentucky/212884202081551 or our department webpage at http://history.as.uky.edu/. EXTENDED Deadline for submissions is *Wednesday, December 14, 2011*. If accepted, final papers will be due February 3, 2012. E-mail proposals as an attachment to the Bluegrass Symposium Committee at: bluegrass.symposium@gmail.com or mail to: Bluegrass Symposium Committee Amanda BoczarUniversity of Kentucky History Department1713 Patterson Office Tower Lexington, KY 40506 For questions, please email:bluegrass.symposium@gmail.com Sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, University of Kentucky


Call for Papers

The Religion Graduate Students’ Association of Columbia University is now accepting paper proposals for its Eighth Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference:

Pray, Kill, Eat: Relating to Animals across Religious Traditions

Friday, April 20, 2012, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Columbia University, New York, NY

The keynote speakers for the conference are:

Professor Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the University of Chicago Divinity School

Professor Kimberley C. Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard Divinity School.

Humans have always had complex and intimate relationships with animals. Animals have been feared, revered, hunted, sacrificed, eaten, utilized, domesticated, and worshipped for thousands of years. Religious traditions have been instrumental in both reflecting and constructing humans’ notions of animals and have integrated such notions into comprehensive mythical, symbolic, and ritual frameworks of meaning and action. In recent decades, however, many earlier forms of such relationships have been radically transformed in the face of rapid development.  At the same time scholars like Kimberley Patton and Wendy Doniger have led efforts to rethink animals and religion from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. This conference, therefore, engages both the shifting complexity of the modern world and a growing body of scholarship in religious studies. We seek papers that explore animals as both religious objects and subjects, and probe the myriad ways in which religions reflect, shape, and re-shape the relationship between humans and animals.

We welcome papers that address contemporary as well as historical articulations of this topic, drawing on diverse methodologies and sources.  Papers may be on any topic related to animals and religion.  Suggested themes include:

– Sacrifice
– The use of animals (or animal parts) in festivals, rituals and other religious contexts
– The deification and demonization of animals
– Religious dietary practices (e.g. prescriptions and proscriptions regarding animals)
– Transgressive practices involving animals
– Animals as the paradigmatic Other
– Blurred categories: hybrids, half-animals, shape-shifting, etc.
– Possession of/by animals
– Animals in religious narratives
– Animal symbolism
– Religion and animals in the 21st century (urbanization, technology, industrialization of animal husbandry)
– Animal rights and the treatment of animals
– Religion, animals, and political discourse
– Evolution and creationism
– Reincarnation

Please submit paper titles and abstracts (300 words or less) to columbiareligion@gmail.com.
Please include name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and a contact email address.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  January 27, 2012
All proposals will receive a response by mid-February, 2012


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