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UMaine-UNB History Graduate Student Conference

The UMaine-UNB History Graduate Student Conference is held annually during the Fall semester. Jointly hosted by graduate students at both universities since 1998, the conference site alternates every other year between the two campuses in Orono, Maine, and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. The conference offers a wonderful opportunity for History graduate students from the University of Maine, the University of New Brunswick, as well as universities across the U.S. and Canada, to present their work in a relaxed and amiable setting among friends, fellow graduate students and faculty from the host institution. The conference allows graduate students to gain experience presenting a paper at a conference, and hear feedback about their research. In past years, the UMaine-UNB Conference has hosted participants from many universities in North America including Miami University, the University of Vermont, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Memphis, the University of Saskatchewan, McGill University, Universite de Moncton, Universite Laval, and the University of Alberta, among others.


Call for Papers


16th Annual University of Maine/University of New Brunswick International

Graduate Student Conference

October 3-5, 2014


Writing History in an Age of Shifting Centers:

Changing Paradigms, Challenges, and Perspectives 


The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) of the University of Maine wishes to announce the 16th Annual International Graduate Student History Conference,to be held October 3-5, 2014 in Orono, ME.  Sponsored jointly by the graduate students of the University of Maine and the University of New Brunswick, the conference alternates between the two campuses and has attracted participants from universities throughout the United States and Canada.  This year’s conference will be held on the University of Maine campus.  Dr. Elizabeth Mancke will deliver the keynote address on October 3.  Dr. Mancke is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick.  Panels on a variety of historical topics will take place on October 4-5.


Interested graduate students are invited to submit proposals on any historical period or theme.  Of particular interest are papers which deal with the theme Writing History in an Age of Shifting Centers: Changing Paradigms, Challenges, and Perspectives.  For centuries, writing about the past was done through the frame of metanarratives which favored established centers of political, economic, and cultural power.  In the second half of the twentieth century, however, this practice was challenged in many ways as scholars began reinterpreting the practice of history.  At the same time, the human experience became increasingly understood to be fractionalized, disjointed, and at times, contradictory.  In response, scholars have increasingly noted that phenomena once considered constant have in fact been shifting and changing all along: centers of power constantly negotiate with margins; individuals deal with overlapping and often contested identities; the environment is constantly in flux.  These changes appear to be accelerating into the twenty-first century, and challenging scholars to alter our understanding of the past and change the methodologies with which we interpret and convey our research.


Proposals on any topic dealing with the past (regardless of discipline) are welcome, especially those exploring any dimension of this year’s theme.  Panel proposals are also welcome.  Please submit a title, brief abstract, and CV or brief biographical sketch to:


UMaine/UNB Grad Student Conference

5774 Stevens Hall

University of Maine

Orono, Maine, United States 04469


Submission Deadline: August 22, 2014


History Graduate Student Association
5774 Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04468-5774
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469