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.

Please submit a title, brief abstract, and CV or brief biographical sketch including current contact information electronically by July 15, 2011 to: Annie Morrisette (