CFP: St. John’s University World History Theory and Practice Conference

CFP: St. John’s University World History Theory and Practice Conference:

Migrants and Refugees

**Proposal deadline extended to February 1, 2019

Migration, whether voluntary or involuntary, lies at the heart of world history. The
movement of people, regardless of circumstances, and their cultures, family
networks, foods, and material objects continues to reshape society at local, regional,
and global scales. These movements ought to inform the ways educators frame and
teach about the past. That human beings, texts, ideas, and things have always been
in motion undermines static representations of global society. Grappling with the
implications of these migration flows remains an exciting challenge for practitioners
of world history.

We invite scholars and teachers to join the St. John’s University History Department
for its fourth World History Theory and Practice conference on Tuesday, April 23,
2019 on its Queens campus. The conference will spotlight research and pedagogical
dimensions of migration across time and space.

Hasia Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at
New York University, will deliver the keynote address.

We aim to put into conversation traditional topics covering the movement of people
with more recent environmentally and ideologically oriented interests in the
migration of crops, diseases, ideas, and other non-human forces. Presentations on
refugee flows—one of the twenty-first century’s pressing concerns—are especially
welcome.

World history researchers and practitioners – scholars, instructors, graduate
students, public and digital historians, librarians, archivists, museum curators, etc. –
are welcome to submit paper proposals on topics that examine aspects of migration.
Contributions can take a wide variety of formats – 20-minute presentations of
research, panels, roundtables, and workshops, for example – based on what best
suits your topic. In particular, we are interested in proposals that highlight the
significance of research for the practice of world history or how the practice of
world history affects the way we conceptualize research.

Please submit by February 1 (**extended deadline) the following information to:
worldhistorytheorypractice@gmail.com
– Name and affiliation
– Title of presentation
– Anticipated format (research presentation, panel, roundtable, etc.)

– One-page CV or resume
– 250-word abstract