2013 Purdue HGSA Graduate Student Conference

I just got word the department chair approved the full amount of the budget for I submitted to host a grad student conference at Purdue this spring. I’m the Co-Chair/Organizer. I put together a 5 page packet of info with our proposed schedule, outline, dates, call for papers, and an itemized budget. We really tried to impress him with our organization and details. Apparently it worked!

While the planning is not over, it’s a big sigh of relief to know we have the money to do this thing. It gives us the go ahead to get our CFP out and start searching for a keynote speaker. Although this has kept me much busier than I’d like to be, it’s definitely good experience. It’s reenforcing my latent administrative tendencies.

Because it is past business hours and I am at a conference tomorrow,  I probably won’t get our CFP posted to our website and sent to H-Net and other contacts until Monday. But, since this is my blog and I am co-chair of the conference, I’m going to give you guys a first look at (see below).

Crooked Lines: Connection and Conflict in History, past and present

The Purdue University History Graduate Student Association announces its biennial conference: Crooked Lines: Connection and Conflict in History, past and present. This event will take place on the Purdue University Campus in West Lafayette, IN on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

“… some confidence needs to be regained in the possibilities of grasping society as a whole, of theorizing its bases of cohesion and instability, and of analyzing its forms of motion.” — Geoff Eley, A Crooked Line

Narratives are often portrayed as deceptively linear, which clouds the connections between the past and present, and the variety of paths they follow. Exploring the divergences and convergences of traditional timelines and narratives allows us to broaden our understanding of the past. Crooked lines appear illustrating conflicts and connections across temporal, spatial, and ideological divisions and provide a richer understanding of the human experience. The Purdue History Graduate Student Association welcomes papers from multiple perspectives and disciplines that explore the crooked lines of history.

Submissions for panels or individual papers are welcomed from graduate students at all levels. We welcome scholars whose work focuses on any region or field. Please send a 250-word abstract and short curriculum vitae (no more than two pages) to HGSApurdueconference@gmail.com by January 7, 2013. For panel proposals, please send a 200-word panel abstract along with paper abstracts and presenters’ CVs.

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