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.
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.
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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
|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
(1B) RADICALISM, Bumps Room, moderator Dr. Justin Wolff, Art History, 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
(2B) DOMESTICITY, Bumps Room, moderator Prof. Jennifer Pickard
|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
(3B) AGRICULTURE, moderator Dr. Katherine O’Flaherty
|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
(4B) ENVIRONMENT, Bumps Room, moderator Dr. Richard Judd
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
(5B) MEMORY AND BELONGING, Bumps Room, moderator Dr. Jennie Woodard,
|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
|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!