Call for Papers 2017 Conference

We are pleased to announce the 10th Annual History Graduate Student Conference, sponsored by the Department of History at Northern Illinois University, to be held in DeKalb, Illinois on Friday, 3 November 2017. Participants will present their work in a collegial academic setting and meet future colleagues from other institutions presenting research on a variety of historical fields.

We are delighted that Professor Douglas R. Egerton of Le Moyne College will deliver the keynote address. He will speak on the topic of black soldiers in the Union Army during the American Civil War. His talk is titled, “The ‘Black Iron Hand’: Midwestern Soldiers and the Crusade to Save America.”

Professor Egerton has published widely on the subjects of race relations and slavery in the United States. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America (2009), Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought on the Civil War (2010), and The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era (2014). His latest book, Thunder At the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America (2016), is the co-winner of the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute and Gettysburg College.

History graduate students (M.A. and Ph.D.) are invited to submit proposals to present individual research papers or panel proposals of 2-3 presenters. While participants are encouraged to address the theme of “Power and Resistance,” we welcome submissions on any historical topic. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Please submit proposals to no later than Friday, September 1, 2017. Presentations should be between 15 and 20 minutes long.

Individual proposals should include submitter’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation(s), a 250-300 word abstract of the paper with a title, and a brief biographical statement indicating your academic status along with a return address and current email address. Panel proposals for two or three presenters are also encouraged and should include the above, as well as a brief description of the panel itself. Please note that submissions will be accepted as time and space permit.

Please address any inquiries to the conference organizer, Justin Iverson at Registration and program information will be sent in late August.

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