Call for Papers: Instability and Insecurity

The 11th Annual Graduate History Symposium

May 7-8, 2015, University of Toronto


Please join us for the eleventh annual Graduate History Symposium to be held on May 7-8, 2015 at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where we invite participants from any discipline to submit papers or panel proposals on the theme of “Instability and Insecurity.” From the uncertainties surrounding past political, social, cultural, and economic change to recent concerns over the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the conflict in Ukraine, and the emergence of ISIS/ISIL, issues of instability and insecurity have been a constant aspect of everyday life in pre-modern and modern societies. We encourage participants to consider how their research investigates historical moments of uncertainty, transition, and flux. We also ask presenters to discuss the ways in which the study of instability and insecurity in the past opens up new ways to understand the present. Finally, panellists are encouraged to reflect on the ways in which their theses, conceptual frameworks, theoretical approaches, and methodologies extend or re-conceptualize understandings of the dynamics of change.


We are excited to announce that the conference will feature a keynote from Kate Brown, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as host a roundtable on the topic: “Confronting and Reconciling Uncertainties.”


The graduate students of the Department of History at the University of Toronto are pleased to accept paper and panel proposals on, but not limited to, the following topics:


– Authority, influence, and control
– Colonial and Post-colonial histories
– Diasporas, immigration, and migrations
– Education, youth, and adolescence
– Gender and family histories
– Indigenous histories and Indigenous Worlds
– Labour, work, and economies
– Justice and legal histories
– Material Culture
– Race and ethnicity
– Religions, spiritualties, and beliefs
– Revolutions, rebellions, wars, security, and home fronts
– Sexualities, intimacies, and LGBTTIQQSA histories
– Technology, science and medicine
– Transnational histories


Please submit a 250-word proposal and a short biographical sketch to [log in to unmask] by Sunday, March 1, 2015. Successful submissions will be notified by the end of March.


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Best Regards,


The AGHS Organizing Committee, 2014-2015​