Myth, Memory, and History: New Approaches to an Elusive Past (Due: 2/22/2013)




Myth, Memory, and History: New Approaches to an Elusive Past

The History Department of Rutgers University invites graduate students working in the humanities to submit proposals for “Myth, Memory, and History: New Approaches to an Elusive Past,” the 35th annual Warren and Beatrice Susman Graduate Conference to be held on April 20, 2013 in New Brunswick.

We welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on all topics related to the conference theme. The late cultual historian Warren Susman challenged historians to consider myth, memory and history as three alternative ways to capture and account for an elusive past, arguing each held its own persuasive claim. By challenging the boundaries of historical scholarship, Susman opened up new fields for intellectual inquiry and invited new fruitful interdisciplinary approaches to traditional historical questions. We invite current graduate students who come from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds and draw from a range of methodological approaches to continue this process.

This year,  the conference will feature a keynote address from Danielle McGuire, an assistant professor at Wayne State University. McGuire’s groundbreaking first book, of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power  highlights the importance of black women’s resistance to sexualized violence in organizing the civil rights movement and has received widespread critical and popular acclaim.

Individual paper proposals should include a 150-300-word abstract with paper title, and a CV with author contact information. The organizers of complete sessions should send in a single submission and abstracts, 200-word description of the session, and CVs with contact information for all participants. Please list any audio-visual requirements.

Submission deadline: Friday 22nd Feburary, 2013.

Please submit all proposals by e-mail to the Susman planning committee at  Participants will be notified of acceptance by March 1st  and will be required to submit completed 10-12 page papers by April 5.