Capstone Panel: A report out from the History Communicators Workshop

Hello friends and colleagues,

It is our pleasure and honor to announce the participants in our “Putting History to Work” Capstone Panel:

Rebecca Onion: UMass Writer in Residence, History Writer, and founder of the widely read blog The Vault.

Jason Steinhauer: Program specialist at the John Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Cathy Stanton: Senior Lecturer in anthropology at Tufts University and contributor to History@Work.

Jamia Wilson: Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media.

And moderated by Emily Redman: Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Oral History, History of Science, 20th c. U.S.

The Capstone Panel will begin at 5:00pm in the Isenberg School of Management (RM-TBA).

Please join us for an exciting talk immediately followed by a catered reception.

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Registration for “Putting History to Work”: UMass Graduate History Conference

Please follow the link below to let us know that you will be attending our conference.

If you are a conference presenter, Please register by Monday, February 22 so that we can reserve a spot for you on one of our panels.

Link: Putting History to Work


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Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Matt Becker: Executive Editor of UMass Press

It is our honor and pleasure to announce a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Matt Becker, the Executive Editor of The University of Massachusetts Press, during the GHA’s Graduate History Conference on Saturday March 5, 2016.

Our Graduate History Conference participants are invited to discuss the ins and outs of
academic publishing, as well as engage in a variety of other topics such as publishing as a career. Guests are encouraged to bring questions for this unique opportunity.

Matt Becker started at UMass Press in 2015. He was previously senior acquisitions editor at the University of Nevada Press and also worked at Wayne State University Press and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He holds a PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota.

Matt has a background as a cultural historian, and as an editor, he has published several books and launched a number of book series aimed at providing general readers with solid history–a type of public history in scholarly publishing. Matt has both turned his training as a historian into work, and has worked to make history accessibly to a wider audience.

In his role as Executive Editor at UMass Press, Matt is interested in acquiring scholarly manuscripts in all areas of American history and society, including those with an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, ranging from popular culture to education reform to critical biography, especially projects that deal with social justice and equity. He also acquires regional trade titles on New England topics. He is the in-house editor for the series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War; Public History in Historical Perspective; and Science/Technology/Culture. With all of his projects, he seeks authors who can write in a style accessible to a wide readership.

Interested colleagues and conference participants who have any questions about this exciting event may contact us at


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13th Annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate History Conference

 Mobility and Marginalization: Historical and Contemporary Concepts of Movement

 March 25, 2017

Amherst, Massachusetts


The Graduate History Association of the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference.  This year’s conference is entitled “Mobility and Marginalization: Historical and Contemporary Concepts of Movement” and will take place March 25, 2017.  This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the 2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, which explores the ways that state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society.

Issues of mobility and marginalization both guide historical inquiry and inform contemporary movements. How do we interpret these concepts? Does state power affect individual and collective mobility? What are the international trends and the global implications of these issues? Considering these questions, this conference will elaborate on subject areas including, but not limited to:

  • Policing movement: immigration, detention, surveillance
  • Displacement: forced/coerced migration
  • Freedom of movement: mobility of bodies and populations
  • Marginalization: sites, processes, and methods
  • Social movements: organization and resistance
  • Psychology and physiology: disability, trauma, and surveillance

We welcome submissions from graduate students of all disciplines.  Graduate students interested in participating in this conference should submit a one-page paper proposal, resume or CV, and a brief two to three sentence biography (.doc, .docx or .pdf format) for consideration by January 16, 2017. In your proposal, please include a paper title, abstract, and very brief statement indicating your discipline and areas of geographic, chronological, and thematic focus, as well as any presentation A/V needs. We also welcome proposed panels, which should include a brief description of the panel along with individual paper proposals.  Accepted submissions will be required to provide a full version of the presentation paper by March 3, 2017.

Please e-mail materials to Accepted applicants will be notified by early February.

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Conference Update Keynote Address: Writing History for a World in Crisis

The GHA is thrilled to announce the title of  Professor  Jennifer Guglielmo’s keynote presentation, “Writing History for a World in Crisis: The Radical Possibilities of a Transnational Lens.”

Professor  Guglielmo’s talk will take place at 3:45 PM this Saturday March 7th  as part of the proceedings for the 11th Annual GHA Conference entitled  Transcending Borders and Disciplines: The Global Importance of Transnationalism.

If you plan on attending please register for the conference using the following link

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