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 ghapage@history.umass.edu. Accepted applicants will be notified by early February.

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