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CFP - EXTENDED: Defining Decades: Key Moments in History

Submission deadline: March 25, 2013

Conference date(s):
June 15, 2013 - June 16, 2013

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Department of History, Dundee University
Dundee, United Kingdom

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••EXTENDED• Call for Papers ••EXTENDED• 

Defining Decades: Key Moments in History

Historical Perspectives is a history society established and run by postgraduates for postgraduates, and our annual conference has now been running for ten years. To celebrate our anniversary, this year’s conference theme will be ‘Defining Decades: Key Moments in History’, to be held at the University of Dundee on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2013.

This conference will build on the success of our previous conferences, which have included ‘Real and Imagined Communities’; ‘Conflict and Conformity’; ‘Interpreting Relationships of Power’; and most recently ‘Fresh Perspectives on the Past’.

Our conferences provide postgraduates from various universities and disciplines with an opportunity to present their research in a supportive and mutual environment, developing the skills needed to complete a successful doctoral career. The conferences also feature a keynote speaker and our unique ‘Employability Panel’.

The theme for 2013, ‘Defining Decades: Key Moments in History’, is intended to encourage participation by postgraduates working in a range of disciplines in Arts and Social Sciences. Papers can be on any topic relating to the theme from an historical perspective and could include, but are not limited to, these issues:

·      How can one, two, or several decades exemplify an era of history?

·      To what extent do certain decades affect only a certain gender/class/race? How has the historiography changed over time?

·      Which decades, if any, can be identified as crucial ‘turning points’ in history?

·      Can different decades in history be defined as being more ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ than others?

·      Are some decades more important than others in history? Why?

·      How far is it the role of the historian to decide which decades are ‘defining’?

·      Is there such a thing as a defining decade? How does this affect history?

These questions are meant only as suggestions and we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to the theme, from any discipline.

 Please submit proposals of c. 250 words by MONDAY 25TH MARCH 2013

to or to Julie Danskin (Historical Perspectives), Department of History, Tower Building, University of Dundee DD1 4HN.

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