CFP (March 7): Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders

From H-Net:

Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (5th Annual)
Theme: “Transatlantic Modernities”
Date: April 26, 2014

Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Keynote: Anthony Bogues, Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences & Critical Theory and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Brown University

Deadline for Proposal Submission: March 7, 2014

“Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders” is an interdisciplinary graduate conference dedicated to exploring the changing contours of the field of American Studies. This year’s conference theme, “Transatlantic Modernities,” focuses on the literary and material facets of cultural exchange across the Atlantic during historical moments broadly defined as modern. We aim to situate the study of “American” cultural production in the geographical nexus formed by the Americas (including the Caribbean), Africa, and Europe, with an emphasis on points of contact, methods of exchange, and acts of border crossing. We are interested in how transatlantic flows of capital and peoples continue to influence and redefine the production and study of culture from the rise of industrialism, imperialism, capitalism, and the nation-state in the age of modernity through to the globalized, postcolonial, and post-national era.

In keeping with our conference theme, we seek papers focused on the historical and cultural relationships between peoples and nations within the transatlantic nexus. How are traditional conceptions of modernity altered when viewed from the perspectives of Caribbean, Latin American, South American, West African, and Native American communities? How does one define modernity in the face of the decline of the nation-state in the postcolonial, late-capitalist, global era? How do the economic and geopolitical realities of this era shape and reconstitute the indissoluble continuum of experience ranging from the local to the national to the transatlantic to the global? What would a transatlantic American Studies look like in theory and in practice? We invite panel and paper submissions that follow these and similar lines of inquiry.

This year, we are planning to have faculty from across New York act as respondents to each panel, rather than having traditional panel moderators. Each paper will be read prior to the conference, and the respondents will provide feedback, offer questions, and direct the conversation after the panel has presented. Because of this, we ask for completed papers two weeks prior to the conference.

To submit a paper proposal, send a 250-word abstract to To submit a panel proposal, include the names and e-mail addresses of three participants, with individual paper abstracts and a 150-word abstract uniting them.

Possible Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Transatlantic Exchanges of Culture, Goods, and Peoples
- The Transatlantic Political Subject
- Transatlantic Geographies and Regionalism
- Literature and Art and the Politics of the Transatlantic
- Critical Race Theory in the Americas
- Representing and Re-Presenting the Triangular Trade
- Ex-Patriotism and Literary Culture
- The United States and Producing/Enforcing the Modern
- Indigenous Culture and the Arrival of the “Modern”
- Transatlantic Practice and Pedagogy
- Intersections of Modern Temporality and Constructions of Space
- Modernity, Progress, and the Politics of Development
- The World Wars and Constructions of the Global
- Transatlantic Cosmopolitanism and the Urban/Rural Divide
- The Histories of Transatlantic Diaspora
- Labor and Transatlantic Migrations

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CFP James A. Barnes Club Graduate History Conference

CFP: James A. Barnes Club, Temple University Graduate Conference, Deadline January 20, 2014

The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University’s graduate student history organization, is pleased to announce the Nineteenth Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference.

The Barnes Club Conference will be held Friday evening March 28, 2014 and Saturday March 29, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Temple’s Center City Campus in downtown Philadelphia. The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world.

Proposals from graduate students for individual papers and/or panels are welcome on any topic, time period, or approach to history. We welcome proposals that foreground public history. Please submit no later than January 20, 2014:

- 150-300 word abstract that outlines your original research
- Current C.V.
- Please send to

Panels will include two or three paper presentations, running roughly twenty minutes each, with comment and questions to follow. At the conclusion of the conference, cash prizes will be awarded to the best papers in the categories of American, European, World, and military history.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Marilyn B. Young. Dr. Young is a renowned scholar of American foreign relations at New York University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the ACLS. Her books include Rhetoric of Empire: American China Policy, 1895-1901, and The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990, winner of the Berkshire Women’s History Prize.

The registration fee is $40 for presenters and attendees. A continental breakfast, lunch, and pre- and post-conference receptions are included.


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CFP: Radical Historiographies, Graduate Student Symposium, RU New Brunswick

The African American and African Diaspora Studies Group of the English Department at Rutgers University announces “Radical Historiographies,” an interdisciplinary graduate student symposium. This daylong event will take place at Rutgers – New Brunswick on Friday, March 28, 2014.  Deadline for paper proposals is December 1, 2013. 
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CFP: North Carolina State University Graduate Student History Conference

The NCSU Graduate Student History Conference provides a friendly and welcoming environment for scholarly interaction and professional development. The graduate student history conference is open to all history graduate students. Individual paper proposals are welcome on any historical topic and time period, including public history. Each presentation will last approximately 15 minutes, and each panel will be followed by comments from area faculty as well as general discussion. Selected presenters will have the option to be published in a professionally refereed online journal. Travel funding is available for exceptional papers. Interested students should submit a proposal of no more than 250 words along with a current CV by Friday, November 29 2013. Continue reading

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Event: Topics Behind the Walls of Eastern State

From the Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley:

Join Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Deleware Valley for an incredible evening inside the first penitentiary, the famous Eastern State!  This year’s MC Fall Event features a variety of programmatic experiences plus seasonal food, beer, drink, and hot spiked cider!

The event’s focal point is a talk by Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President; Director of Public Programming: Continue reading

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Read: The Digitization and Democratization of Oral History

Clifford Kuhn, the executive director of the Oral History Association has posted a new piece on Perspectives on History, maintained by the American Historical Association. The piece, entitled, “The Digitization and Democratization of Oral History,” examines the state of oral history as a field of study and practice.  Read the article at:

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Free Webinar, November 13: Experience a Day in the Life of a Museum Director!

From the Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley:

The most important role of a museum leader is to facilitate the decision making process on behalf of the institution. But what happens when these tough decisions are coming at a fast and furious pace? What is it like to be in the hot seat of a museum director?

Discover what it takes to run a major museum during our special online Open House with Museum Leadership Program Director Dr. Danielle Rice, former Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum, on November 13, 2013 at 4pm.

Dr. Rice will take you through a day in the life of a museum director and introduce you to the ways that Drexel’s new Master’s level Museum Leadership Program can prepare you for a position of decisive authority.


Museum Leadership program director Dr. Danielle Rice brings a wealth of experience as a museum educator and former museum director. She has served as executive director of the Delaware Art Museum, associate director for programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and head of education at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rice has authored and produced interpretive exhibitions, interactive computer programs, kiosks and websites and random access audio tours. She holds a doctorate in the history of art from Yale University (1979) and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (1973) and is the recipient of numerous awards. Click here to learn more about Dr. Rice.

This is a FREE online Museum Leadership open house hosted by Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

For more information about the Online Open House or the Museum Leadership graduate degree call or email:
David Miller, Director of Recruitment
Drexel University
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

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Equally Entitled to Freedom, Event in Historic German Town

Benezet Event FlyerTo celebrate the 300th anniversary of Anthony Benezet, a pioneer of abolition, the Historic Germantown District is celebrating the man with a two-day symposium, which is free and open to the public, on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2013. Continue reading

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Exploring the State of History in the National Parks, Two Events at RU-Camden


The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) and National Park Service, along with Rutgers-Camden History Department and Rutgers-Camden Career Center invites you to two free events on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

What can you do with a degree in history? Come to the National Park Service’s career panel during the free period (12:20-1:00pm) on November 6, in the Executive Meeting Room in the Campus Center. Dominic Cardea, the Training and Development Program Manager for the North East Region will discuss building a career in the National Park Service, and answer questions from attendees. A free lunch will be provided to registered guests.

You are also invited to attend the forum, Scholarship and Partnership: The State of History in the National Parks, to be held from 1:30-5:00pm, in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Campus Center. The forum will explore how all of us, visitors, park professionals, scholars, and students, can work together to shape a deeper, understanding and appreciation of history in the national parks. A reception will follow, with opportunities to talk with NPS and public humanities professionals, as well as area scholars.

Both events are free, but require registration.

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Genealogical Society of New Jersey Seeking Submissions


In 2014 New Jersey will celebrate the 350th anniversary of its founding as a
British colony in 1664. In recognition of this and the plans now underway in
New Jersey’s historical community to mark the occasion throughout next year,
the Genealogical Society of New Jersey will publish some special articles in
the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey to help commemorate the event. We
are still developing the content of the 2014 issues, and encourage you to
submit draft articles or contact us about work in progress for possible
publication next year. Continue reading

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