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HGSA Conference

CFP 2015

“Controversies: Pushing the Boundaries of Historical Inquiries”
February 21, 2015
The 6th Biennial Interdisciplinary Purdue Gradate History Conference
Purdue University Department of History
West Lafayette, Indiana

The History Graduate Student Association of Purdue University is pleased to announce that the conference entitled “Controversies: Pushing the Boundaries of Historical Inquiries” will take place on February 21, 2015. The conference administrators welcome proposals on historical and historiographical controversies from various disciplinary backgrounds. Additionally, the conference theme applies to controversial sources, especially those emerging in the digital age, such as Twitter, php forums, and Usenet archives. “Controversies” illustrates our philosophy of historical inquiry. First, new histories should challenge established conventions and interpretations. Second, good historians problematize. Propelling the discipline forward requires innovation and sometimes-controversial ideas. “Controversies” resonates with “Taboos”, the 2015 OAH conference theme. Further, “Controversies” reflects the exciting and innovative scholarship emerging out of the traditionally conservative discipline of history. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students with or without previous conference experience are invited to submit a proposal. Similarly, the conference is open to emerging independent scholars. There are no geographic or temporal restrictions. We welcome participants from all academic disciplines with a historical dimension to their proposal.

To apply, please submit a one-page abstract (approx. 300 words), paper title, and a short curriculum vitae (two-page max) as either a MS Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF document (.pdf) via email to by November 23, 2014. Accepted papers should not exceed 12 double-spaced pages (approx. 4,000 words), excluding footnotes/endnotes. Please inform us if your presentation requires any audio/visual technology. All approved submissions will receive a confirmation email by early January. Conference participants are expected to make their own travel, lodging, and meal arrangements for the conference. Limited lodging is available with some graduate students by prior arrangement. Inquire for specifics after proposal acceptance.

Keynote Speaker:

Michelle Moyd is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University—Bloomington, where she teaches African history and military history. Her book, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa was published in the New African Histories series at Ohio University Press this year. Professor Moyd’s keynote presentation entitled “Are Soldiers Workers? Violence and the Limits of Labor History” will explore the question of why soldiers and others whose jobs entail the use of violence have been left out of most labor historiography. It will point out the ways that labor history and military history have overlapped, as well as the ways they have bypassed each other in historiography. The goal of the talk will be to suggest new lines of inquiry in labor history, particularly with regard to these “violence workers.”