2nd Annual University of California: Davis “Historians Without Borders, History Without Limits” Graduate Conference

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The University of California: Davis History Department and Graduate Student Association invites proposal submissions for its second annual graduate student conference to be held May 19-21, 2017 at the University of California: Davis.

With this conference, we hope to explore how history is made, used, preserved, and accessed through a wide variety of mediums and disciplines around the world and over time. We are particularly interested in how historical study is a useful tool to unite other humanities and social sciences disciplines in innovative ways.

New this year: The first day of the conference, May 19th, will be dedicated to undergraduate work. Graduate students are welcome to come early and participate in the undergraduate day in a mentorship role to provide feedback.

Submissions may engage directly with a variety of themes including:

  1. This year’s special conference focus on the integration of digital humanities.
  2. Innovative linkages across time, space, fields, methodologies, and professional choices;
  3. Contested places
  4. The capture, documentation, or display of history through other disciplinary lenses;
  5. The role of humanities and social sciences, librarians, archivists, and teachers in the act of preservation and pedagogy;
  6. Interdisciplinary study and its role in the ongoing development of historical practice.

We also welcome papers that address themes such as nostalgia, imperialism and postcolonial studies, education and public engagement, cultural geography, psychology, art, literature and media studies-and that do so in trans-disciplinary or interdisciplinary ways.

We invite graduate students in degree programs in history and other disciplines to present work on any of these topics or on others that address the conference themes.

We also welcome panel proposals. Faculty are invited and encouraged to volunteer as chair/commentators in their research areas.

Logistics/Conference Details:

When: May 19-21, 2017
Where: UC: Davis; Davis, CA
Keynote: TBD

Format of Presentations: Accepted presentations are typically divided into three-person panels. Each panelist will present their papers for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.

For consideration, please send the following documents to the program committee at ucdgradconf@gmail.com by December 30th, 2016.
Individual Panelists:

  1. 250-word abstract describing paper or work to be presented
  2. Brief curriculum vitae
  3. List of audio/visual needs, if applicable


  1. List of all panel members (3 per panel) with designated chairperson, if applicable
  2. 200-word abstract that discusses the theme of the panel
  3. 200-word abstract for each paper or work to be presented
  4. Brief curriculum vitae for each panelist and chairperson
  5. List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

For more information about our 2017 Conference, please contact Lawrence Abrams at lcabrams@ucdavis.edu or Kaleb Knoblauch at kknoblau@ucdavis.edu.

A special thank you is owed to the following organizations for their generous support of this conference:

The UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences
The UCD Graduate Student Association
The UCD Department of History

Without their support, this endeavor would not be possible.

Start Date - End Date

Mar 19, 2017 - Mar 21, 2017

Start Time - End Time

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Event Location

UC:Davis, Davis, CA United States


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