2015 Conference Call for Papers

“Ghosts of History: Location, Relocation, and Dislocation in World History”


The Northeastern History Graduate Student Association invites proposal submissions for its 7th annual graduate student conference to be held on March 21-22, 2015 at Northeastern University, Boston MA.  The extended deadline for the conference is January 16, 2015.

The 2015 conference title is “Ghosts of History: Location, Relocation, and Dislocation in World History.” Through this theme, we hope to investigate issues of place and space, migration, and identity – particularly, how identity is shaped by space and by removal (forced or willing) from that space. In keeping with these themes, we are interested in work that recovers voices traditionally absent from historical research.

Submissions may engage directly with a variety of themes including: concepts of identity; contested spaces; contested history; voluntary or involuntary mobility; cultural distortion and cultural exchange; refugee history; trauma and identity; migration history; human rights; absences in the archive; imperialism; colonialism; or other related topics.

We invite graduate students in degree programs in history and other cognate disciplines to present work on any of these topics and more. We welcome presentations on digital and public history projects, as well as presentations that engage these themes in interdisciplinary ways.

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


Logistics/Conference Details:

When: March 21-22, 2015

Where: Northeastern University, Boston MA

Keynote: Jana Lipman, Associate Professor of History, Tulane University.
Professor Lipman is a specialist in the 20th-century U.S., especially foreign relations, social and political history. Her current research is focused on how the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) reorients the field of foreign relations and demonstrates how neocolonialism, empire, and revolution functioned in working people’s lives.   Her most recent work is Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution (Berkeley Press, 2009), a co-winner of the Taft Prize in Labor History.

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

To be considered, the following documents should be sent to the program committee at nugradconf@gmail.com by January 16, 2014:

Individual Panelists:

  • 200-word abstract describing paper or work to be presented
  • Brief curriculum vitae
  • List of audio/visual needs, if applicable


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

Accepted panelists will be required to submit their papers by March 1, 2015

For more information about our 2014 Conference, please visit our website at: https://nuhistorygrads.wordpress.com/conference/.

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