University of Alabama Graduate Student History Conference on Power and Struggle

March 1-2, 2013

The Department of History at The University of Alabama is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference on Power and Struggle, to be held at the UA campus on March 1-2, 2013. The conference will feature a keynote banquet by Dr. John K. Thornton, a Professor of History and African Studies at Boston University. Dr. Thornton has published widely on African and Atlantic history, specifically Africa and Africans and the Making of the Atlantic World, as well as his newest book, A Cultural History of the Atlantic World: Encounter and Development in the Formation of Atlantic Culture. 

The Conference encourages graduate students to submit proposals that engage the conference theme by examining power relations in all historical fields and time periods. The theme addresses new approaches of historical analysis that focus on the relationship between struggle and power, especially people who struggled to break, transform, or reclaim the boundaries constructed by those in power. The Conference seeks proposals employing innovative approaches and interdisciplinary research. Particular attention will be given to papers developing comparative perspectives and utilizing multi-archival research bases.

The GHA Conference seeks submissions concerning, but not limited to, the following

  • Power in institutions, society, and religion
  • Struggle in cultural expression, social relationships, and belief systems
  • Power in discourse on gender, race, and class
  • Struggle against labels in nationalism, ethnicity, sub-culture, or sexual identity
  • Power in traditional structures such as politics, diplomacy, imperialism, and war
  • Struggle in resistance such as crime, protest, liberation, and revolution

Single papers should include a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV of the presenter. Full-panel proposals will not be accepted. All submissions should be sent in Word format via email to the committee using

The deadline for proposal submission is November 16, 2012. Final papers should be submitted to commentators by January 31, 2013. For more information please email the committee at

University of Alabama Graduate Student History Conference Committee:

Matt Pritchett,
Katie Deale
Lindsay Smith,
Mark Johnson

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