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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 

14th Annual University of Maine/University of New Brunswick International

Graduate Student History Conference

October 12-14, 2012

On the Margins: Experiences and Perspectives 

The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) of the University of Maine wishes to announce the 14th Annual International Graduate Student History Conference to be held October 12-14, 2012.  Sponsored by the graduate students of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, and the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the conference alternates biannually between the two campuses.  Over the years, the conference has attracted participants from universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Interested graduate students are invited to submit proposals that deal with the theme On the Margins: Experiences and Perspectives.  Margins are a physical, social, and conceptual reality of the human experience. Marginality can be experienced in any number of ways; geography, economics, society, politics, and culture can all exclude people from the mainstream. As a trans-national collaborative effort, this conference is always mindful of the political border that creates a marginal zone between the United States and Canada. With the rise in the last century of progressive politics, civil rights movements, and “history from below,” we have become increasingly sensitive to the fact that many groups in all societies are marginalized for various reasons. Further, the experience of marginalization affects identity and the way in which individuals think about themselves and their place in society. We welcome papers on any historical topic, and especially those exploring any dimension of this experience.

Dr. Gail Campbell will deliver the keynote address on October 12, 2012.  Dr. Campbell is a specialist in 19th century Canadian social and political history.  Her publications include “Are we going to do the most important things?” Senator Muriel McQueen Fergusson, Feminist Identities, and the Royal Commission on the Status of Women and Disfranchised but not Quiescent: Women Petitioners in New Brunswick in the Mid-19th Century, which has been reprinted in several anthologies.  Dr. Campbell served as editor of Acadiensis from 1994-1998 and is currently Chair of the Editorial Boards of Acadiensis and Acadiensis Press.

Lodging Information:

The conference has a 15 room block at the University Inn in Orono, Maine for October 12-14, 2012. The conference rate will be $91 for one person, and $101 for double occupancy. This rate includes a full hot breakfast at the hotel. The University Inn is located within walking distance of both the University of Maine and downtown Orono.

University Inn website:

Please mention the UM/UNB conference at registration to receive the conference rate. These rooms and rates will be held until September 15th, so please be sure to reserve in advance.

 Conference Program (tenative)

Conference Itinerary  - PDF Download

Friday, October 12, 2012
6:00pm to 7:00pm Registration and Reception

Buchanan Alumni Hall

7:00pm to 8:30pm Keynote Address by Professor Gail Campbell, University of New Brunswick

Buchanan Alumni Hall

Saturday, October 13, 2012

7:30am to 8:30am Continental Breakfast

hallway outside Bangor Room, Memorial Union

8:30am to 10:00am  (1A) MASCULINITY, Bangor Room, moderator Dr. Melissa Ladenheim

  • Matthew Douglas, “Fighting on the Margins; Machine Gun Companies of the Second World War” – University of New Brunswick
  • Ian Jesse, “Manhood in Verse: The Work of Edward D. Ives and the Songs of Larry Gorman” – University of Maine
  • Joe Miller, “Between the Margins: How Does Shell-Shock Fit In with the Ideology of the ‘Female Malady’?” – University of Maine


(1B) RADICALISM, Bumps Room, moderator Dr. Justin Wolff, Art History, University of Maine

  • Derek Lee Nelson, “Mud, Mudslinging, and the Fight for the San Francisco Waterfront, 1853-1863″ – University of New Hampshire
  • Rachel Snell, “Disciples of Wollstonecraft: The Constraints of Republican Motherhood” – University of Maine
  • Lee Cilli, “‘A Correct and Public Taste’: The Dime Novel and American Values, 1860–1910” – University of Maine
10:00am to 10:30am Coffee and Tea Break Bangor Room, Memorial Union
10:30am to 12:00pm  (2A) BORDERS, Bangor Room, moderator Dr. Stefano Tijerina

  • Michael Perry, “Periphery, Democracy, and Empire: Discourses of Connectivity and Isolation in the Northeastern Borderlands, 1837-1842″ – University of Maine
  • Greg Rogers, “’Avowed Enemies’: The Rhode Island-Massachusetts Border Dispute, 1739-1746″ – University of Maine
  • Dan Soucier, “‘News of Provisions Ahead’: Accommodation in a Wilderness Borderland during the American Invasion of Quebec, 1775″ – University of Maine


(2B) DOMESTICITY, Bumps Room, moderator Prof. Jennifer Pickard

  • Ariana Alexander, “Searching the Margins of the Archive: Exploring the Lives of Black Domestic Workers in New York City from the 1930s to the 1950s,” – New York University
  • Molly Burns Gallaher, “Searching for Home: Catholicism and the Franco-American Mother” – University of New Hampshire
  • Lisa Rude, “Fighting for their Base: The League of Women Voters on Women’s Issues” – University of Maine
12:00-1:00pm Buffet Lunch University Club, Fogler Library 2nd Floor
1:15pm to 2:00pm Public History Director’s Tour Page Farm and History Museum, 5787 Museum Barn, Orono Campus
2:30pm to 4:00pm  (3A) RESISTANCE , Bangor Room, moderator Dr. Scott See

  • Maryanne Lewell, “’There is considerable consternation’: Acts of Resistance to the 1917 Military Service Act in Two Maritime Counties” – University of New Brunswick
  • Annie Morrisette, “The Glorious Twelfth: Commemoration and Collective Violence in Ireland and Canada” – University of Maine
  • Sean C. Perry, “Edward Henry Durrell’s Reformation of New Orleans City Government, 1854-1856: Powerful Political Outsider to Sole Author of Entirely New City Charter” – University of New Hampshire


(3B) AGRICULTURE, moderator Dr. Katherine O’Flaherty

  • Jessamy Luthin, “From Wanted to Weed:  A Natural History of Some of New England’s Introduced Plants” – University of Maine
  • Cody Miller, “‘The Farmers’ Family Must Find Compensation in Something Less Tangible, Less Material’ : The Debate Over the Value of Agricultural Work in New England, 1870-1900” – University of Maine
  • Eileen Palmer, “Interactions between Transplanted Back-to-the-Landers and Small “Native” Farmers in Maine during the 1970s and 1980s – University of Maine


4:00 pm to 4:15pm Afternoon Coffee Break Bangor Room, Memorial Union
4:15pm to 5:45pm 


(4A) BODIES, Bangor Room, moderator Dr. Nathan Stormer

  • Sarah Angell, “The Fallen Woman, the Media, and the Contagious Diseases Acts” – University of Maine - University of Maine
  • Andy Hurtt, “Tattoos as Art and Expression” – University of Maine
  • Cheryl Petreman, “The Portrayal of Body Parts in Witch Iconography” – University of New Brunswick


(4B) ENVIRONMENT, Bumps Room, moderator Dr. Richard Judd

  • David L. Bent, “‘Let’s drop in on our friends at Sunnybrae’: CBC Radio’s ‘The Gillans’ and Agricultural Reform in the Maritimes, 1950-1970” – University of New Brunswick
  • Jason Hall, “Farmers, Fences and Freshets:  Regulating and Conserving the St. John River in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.” – University of New Brunswick
  • Eric Reardon, “’From Time Immemorial’: Massachusetts Farmer-Fishermen and the Merrimack River, 1800-1840″ – University of Maine



Evening Reception with cash bar


Bear Brew Pub, 2nd Floor, 36 Main St. Downtown Orono

(20 minute walk from campus, or public parking behind pub).

Sunday, October 14, 2012

8:00am to 9:00am Continental Breakfast Memorial Union, Bangor Room
9:00am to 10:30am  (5A) MARITIME, Bangor Room, moderator Dr. Liam Riordan

  • Sarah Batterson, “’Disguised as a Legal Trader:’ Negotiating the International Politics of     the Slave Trade” – University of New Hampshire
  • Alex Lehning and Jess Rozek, “’The American Lake’ – New Perspectives on Maritime History & the War of 1812″ – University of Vermont
  • Michael Verney, “‘A View Thus Enlarged’: The Debate over Naval Exploration in Jacksonian America” – University of New Hampshire


(5B) MEMORY AND BELONGING, Bumps Room, moderator Dr. Jennie Woodard,

  • Stephanie De Paola, “On the Margins of Memory: Social Exclusion and the Roma and Sinti in Modern Italy.” – Fordham University
  • Barry MacKenzie, “A Hearty Welcome: Royal Tours of New Brunswick, 1794-2012″ – University of New Brunswick
  • Timothy Tenelson, “‘Black Owned’ Transnationalism: A Case for Agency and a Shift in Paradigm” – University of Texas, El Paso


10:30am to 10:45am Coffee and Tea Break Bangor Room,  Memorial Union
10:45am to 12:00pm Roundtable Bangor Room, Memorial Union

“Research on the Margins: Methodology, Research Ethics, and Best Practices,” moderator Dr. Katherine O’Flaherty


  • Dr. Gail Campbell, Professor (ret.) of Social and Political Canadian History, University of New Brunswick
  • Dr. Mazie Hough, Assistant Professor of History and Women’s Studies, University of Maine
  • Mark McLaughlin, PhD Candidate (ABD) and Contract Academic Employee, University of New Brunswick
  • Dr. Micah Pawling, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and History, University of Maine
  • Dr. Stefano Tijerina, Instructor in History and Public Policy, University of Maine
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch and Closing Remarks University Club, Fogler Library, 2nd Floor

We wish to thank our generous sponsors for helping to make this conference a success. This event was supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional support was provided by the History Department, the Canadian-American Center, the Office of the president, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the University Credit Union. We very much appreciate the contributions of all of our sponsors!

History Graduate Student Association
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Orono, ME 04468-5774
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Orono, Maine 04469