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CFP: History Across the Disciplines Conference

Posted by Melissa Glass on December 17, 2019 in News

The Dalhousie Graduate History Society extends an invitation to all faculty and graduate students studying within the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to submit papers for Dalhousie University’s 22nd annual “History Across the Disciplines Conference” to be held from March 20th to 22nd 2020, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The theme of this year’s conference is “History as Queen of the Humanities.” More than an isolated discipline, history as a phenomenon informs many aspects of humanist scholarship. History conveys the results and parameters of the great and unrepeatable human experiment in the hope that we might glean new insights and truths from its annals.

To those working outside the discipline of history, past events and processes often intimately inform much work in literature, language, classics, theology and archaeology, and other humanist disciplines. The historian’s work in turn requires drawing on a broad tapestry of theoretical, methodological, and epistemological frameworks from across the humanities to adequately convey interpretations and of the human past.

Considering this topic, applicants are encouraged to submit papers representative of this powerful and unique connection that history shares with its disciplinary kin in the family of the Humanities. Being an interdisciplinary conference with a similarly interdisciplinary theme, the committee will consider all submitted papers, however, papers touching on the following subjects are especially welcome: Public History and Museum Studies, Historical Archaeology, Digital Humanities, Material and Visual Culture, Oral History, Environmental History, Literary History and History in Literature, and Religious History.

Interested applicants are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV to the conference committee by January 10, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by January 24 and must provide the conference committee with a final paper no later than January 31 in order to be considered for the John Flint Prize ($250). The ultimate deadline for papers is February 14, 2020. The committee recommends final papers be 20-30 pages in length, though no strict limitation will be imposed.

The conference will open with a reception on the evening of Friday March 20, 2020. After panel discussions on Saturday, attendees are invited to experience a sampling of this storied port city’s culture in an informal social setting.

Please direct any comments, questions, and submissions to Holly Dickinson, Communications Director, at