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December 10, 2018 at 9:37 am

Call for Papers: OHIO History Graduate Conference, Non-Historians Welcome

The History Graduate Student Association at Ohio University invites graduate students to submit research and paper proposals for the 14th Annual Ohio University History Graduate Conference to take place on March 22-23, 2019.

Bentley Annex, home to the History Department

Bentley Annex, home to the History Department

Eligibility of Paper Topics (Non-Historians Welcome)

Students working on the contemporary period in any geographical region are invited to participate. Conference organizers are particularly interested in papers dedicated to interdisciplinary topics analyzed within their historical context. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Military and/or Diplomatic History
  • Political History
  • Social History
  • Intellectual and Cultural History
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • International Relations
  • Development
  • Media and/or Communication Studies
  • Historical Anthropology

Conference Program and Keynote Lecture

The conference will begin the evening of Friday, March 22, with a keynote address by a Dr. Ilana Feldman of George Washington University. Feldman is a noted scholar of Palestine and the Palestinian experience, examining practices of humanitarianism, displacement, and citizenship. She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67 (Duke University Press, 2008) and Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics (University of California Press, 2018), among several other works.

On Saturday, March 23, the conference will feature multiple panels composed of three or four 15- to 20-minute paper presentations. An Ohio University faculty member will serve as moderator and discussant for each panel, which will include audience questions and comments.

The conference will conclude with a reception.

Submission Instructions
(Abstract Deadline: Jan. 15)

Those interested in presenting at the conference should send an abstract (approximately 250-300 words) and a CV to by Jan. 15, 2019.

Acceptance notification will be issued by late-January. If accepted, completed research papers should be submitted no later than Feb. 28, 2019, in order to give commentators enough time to prepare their remarks. We also encourage and accept completed panel submissions by those who wish to travel and present as a group.

There is no fee to submit a paper, and once accepted, the History Graduate Student Association will provide information on local accommodations.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact James J. Fisher at

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