CfP: Graduate History Conference "Interrogating Boundaries: Mapping the Mental and Material in World History"

Call for papers, deadline 15 December 2017


The Northeastern History Graduate Student Association invites proposal submissions for its 10th annual graduate student conference to be held on March 24th and 25th 2018 at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. The deadline for submissions to the conference is Friday December 15th 2017.

The 2018 conference title is “Interrogating Boundaries: Mapping the Mental and Material in World History” and will feature Professor Ann Laura Stoler of the New School for Social Research as the keynote speaker. The conference will address a wide variety of themes within world history and public history, looking specifically at the physical, social, mental and material boundaries that have been present through human history. We encourage papers that think broadly about the definition of boundaries and frontiers, and those that explore these issues within both local and global contexts.

Submissions may engage with a variety of related themes including: Incarceration; Empire; Trade and Transport; Global Systems; Migration and Mobility; Class and Conflict; The Urban Space; Gender; Borders and Boundaries; Race; The Environment; Hegemony and Society; Theory and Practice, and many more.

We invite graduate students in degree programs in history and other cognate disciplines to present work on any of these topics and more. We welcome and encourage papers that deal with these issues in interdisciplinary ways, as well as those engaging with the digital humanities. We also encourage the submission of pre-organized panel proposals. 

We especially welcome the submission of papers on the history of incarceration in America and around the world. The conference will be running in conjunction with the upcoming installation on “States of Incarceration,” a project of the Humanities Action Lab. The exhibit, installed through the efforts of history graduate students, graduates of the public history program, faculty, and staff, will be on the Northeastern University campus from March 16th-May 20th, 2018.

To be considered, the following documents should be sent to the program committee at by Friday December 15th 2017:

Individual Panelists:
● 200-word abstract describing paper or work to be presented
● Brief curriculum vitae
● List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

● List of all panel members (3 per panel) with designated chairperson, if applicable
● 200-word abstract that discusses the theme of the panel
● 200-word abstract for each paper or work to be presented
● Brief curriculum vitae for each panelist and chairperson
● List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

Contact Info: 

Conference Organizing Committee, Department of History, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Twitter: @nu_histconf18

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