Monday, July 26, 2010

Third Annual University of Alabama Graduate Student Conference on Power and Struggle

The Department of History at The University of Alabama is pleased to announce its Third Annual Graduate Student Conference on Power and Struggle, to be held at the UA campus on March 4-5, 2011.  The conference will include a keynote speaker addressing the conference theme, with a reception following.  Graduate students nationwide are invited to submit proposals that engage the conference theme by examining power relations in all historical fields and time periods. 

The conference theme addresses new approaches of historical analysis that focus on the relationship between struggle and power.  We encourage students to address instances in which people have struggled to break, transform, or reclaim the boundaries constructed by those in power.  We seek proposals employing innovative approaches and interdisciplinary research. Particular attention will be given to papers developing comparative perspectives and utilizing multi-archival research bases. 

Possible topics may include but are not limited to histories of

  • Power in institutions, society, and religion
  • Struggle in cultural expression, social relationships, and belief systems
  • Power in discourse on gender, race, and class
  • Struggle against labels in nationalism, ethnicity, sub-culture, or sexual identity
  • Power in traditional structures such as politics, diplomacy, imperialism, and war
  • Struggle in resistance such as crime, protest, liberation, and revolution

Single papers should include a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV of the presenter. Full-panel proposals will not be accepted.  All submissions should be sent in Word format via email to the committee using 

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 15, 2010. Final papers should be submitted to commentators by January 31, 2011.  For more information please email the committee at

University of Alabama Graduate Student History Conference Committee:

Christopher Levesque                    
Joseph Pearson  
Laura Mammina
            Monica Ayhens  

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