The Association of Historians at Georgia State University invites proposals from graduate students for its 2014 conference held in Atlanta, GA on the subject of "Empire, Power, and Resistance." The late Nelson Mandela once remarked, "The time comes in the life of any nation when there remains only two choices - submit or fight." Yet the processes of submission, resistance and domination within the "empire" framework are constantly evolving. While empire and power connote institutionalization, imperial state policy and processes of authority, the state of the field is also to consider history "from the bottom up." Resistance not only implies agency on the part of those controlled through empire and power, but also leads us to consider the ways in which the alleged empire is molded by that resistance. Our keynote speaker will be Philip Morgan. Professor Morgan is Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, specializing in early modern colonial British America and the history of slavery. His publications include Colonial Chesapeake Society (1988), Strangers within the Realm: Cultural Margins of the First British Empire (1991), Cultivation and Culture: Work and the Shaping of Afro-American Culture in the Americas (1993), and Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry (1998).
The conference is designed to provide history graduate students at all stages with an opportunity to gain conference experience in a supportive and collegial setting. While the conference has a suggested theme, adherence to the theme is not necessary to be considered for inclusion to the conference.
The submission deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Please submit proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract, including paper title, author contact information, institutional affiliation, and a one-page curriculum vitae. Please note any audio-visual requirements.
Georgia State University students are required to have AHGSU membership if accepted to present at the conference. Please address any inquires to Sara Patenaude, Conference Organizer, at email@example.com.
Suggested topic areas include:
- social movements
- memory studies
- regional/area studies
- world and transnational history
- colonialism and decolonialization
- gender and sexuality
- articulations of power
- historic preservation
- memorials, monuments, and museums
Pedagogical and theory-based panels are also welcome.
Papers are to be original works of scholarship. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes, depending on panel size. A committee of Georgia State University professors will consider papers for the "Larry Youngs Best Paper Award," to be awarded to the conference's best paper.
All completed 10-12 page papers must be received no later than March 22 (March 15 for consideration for Best Paper Award).