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CFP: “(Im)material Culture: Identity and Agency in Commonplace Objects” (Buffalo, NY, 8-9 March 2019)

The Graduate History Association (GHA) of the University at Buffalo would like to place a call for papers for the 28th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, to be held on March 8-9, 2019. Co-sponsored by the History Department, this conference enables graduate students from across North America to share current research with fellow students and faculty members from a variety of fields, including History, Political Science, Anthropology, Classics, English, Comparative Literature, American Studies, Caribbean Studies, Transnational Studies, Geography, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Religious Studies, and Urban Studies.

We seek original papers that analyze a wide range of historical topics, time periods, and places, drawing from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. For the 28th Annual Plesur Conference, we are especially seeking research that addresses the theme of “(Im)material Culture: Identity and Agency in Commonplace Objects.” Broadly interpreted, this
theme seeks to bring historical perspective to issues related to the study of material culture and the roles objects play in history. Work that employs multi-disciplinary approaches is especially encouraged. As such, we will be accepting papers on a wide range of themes including but not limited to:
-Fashion and Clothing in History
-Use of Objects in Religion
-Disability Studies
-Architecture and Urban Planning
-Medicine, Science, and Technology
-Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology
-Print Culture in History
-Museum Studies
-Popular Culture and Consumerism
-Economics, Trade, and Commerce

Proposal Instructions -------
Please send your proposal, consisting of a 250-word abstract (including main argument and methodology), CV, school or other affiliation, and contact information to the drop box at . Please contact Victoria Nachreiner at if you have any questions.

The deadline for paper proposals is January 15. Accepted proposals will be notified by email in early February.
Non-UB students who have papers accepted by the program committee will be eligible to request reimbursement for registration and some travel expenses when registering for the conference.

Victoria Nachreiner (University at Buffalo)

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