Monday, January 15, 2018

CFP: Michigan Graduate School Conference on “Constructing America”

The American History Workshop at the University of Michigan invites papers for its 2018 Graduate Student Conference on May 4-5, with the theme  "Constructing America: Identities, Infrastructure and Institutions." The call for papers states:
The world has constructed America, just as America has shaped itself--as a real and imagined place, constructed and reconstructed by transnational forces and figures. America materializes through global alliance and opposition, immigration, urban development and rural economies, organization, consumption, and rebellion. In whose image is America constructed? Where are its borders? Papers might investigate the construction of America in any number of ways: as an "imagined community"--a product of historical memory intertwined with assumptions about race, class, sex, faith, ethnicity and gender; as an object of knowledge in the social and natural sciences, the arts and humanities; as a material entity made of machines, buildings, bodies, landscapes and infrastructure; or as a network of political, economic, cultural and social institutions. 
The organizers are particularly interested in papers that approach the idea of construction in innovative, counter-intuitive, or interdisciplinary ways. Papers that consider the intersection of public history and traditional scholarship, and the ways in which that might destabilize established national narratives are particularly encouraged. Scholars working in all periods of American history are welcome.
      Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract of 150-300 words and a CV to the conference planning committee at umusgradconference@gmail.com. Proposals are due by January 28, 2018.  The full announcement is available here.