Monthly Archives: December 2012

2013: A year in Preview

If you’re like me, you’re getting tired of reading all of the “year in review” articles that seem to be more plentiful than late-December snowflakes. Instead of looking back on 2012, a year that saw several conference presentations, publications, and the creation of this, I’m going to look forward what I’m looking forward to in 2013.

  • Preliminary exams and the end of coursework
  • Organizing and hosting the Purdue HGSA Conference
  • Visiting my good friend Peter and presenting to his classes and at the Bridging Ages Conference at New Mexico State
  • Publishing an encyclopedia entry on Harold Connolly for American National Biography
  • Creating some sort of Digital Humanities project
  • Writing and defending a dissertation prospectus
  • Reading non-stop all summer
  • Watching the 2013 Kansas City Royals seriously compete for the first time in my conscious lifetime

Hopefully there will be lot of other exciting things I haven’t though of, however, 2013 is shaping up to be a busy and productive year.

Reminder: 2013 Purdue History Graduate Student Association Conference

There is one week left to submit your abstracts to present at the the 2013 Purdue HGSA Conference. As one of the event organizers I promise a terrific event. It’ll be held in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, IN on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kristin Hoganson, Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is highly respected for her research on United States history in global and transnationals contexts and the cultures of U.S. imperialism. Hoganson is author of Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity 1865-1920, and Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. Her address will be based on her current book project which examines the U.S. Heartland in global and imperial contexts.

Call for Papers

“… 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 by January 7, 2013. For panel proposals, please send a 200-word panel abstract along with paper abstracts and presenters’ CVs.