Conference Recap: Destablilizing Normativity, Public Engagement, LGBTQ Histories, and More

Miss the 2014 Loyola History Graduate Student Conference? Want to relive it? Check out the round-up of conference tweets and pictures here on Storify.

Thank you to all of the presenters, conference volunteers, lunch panelists, and faculty commentators for making this year’s conference so successful. We hope to see you again next year!

The 2014 conference lunch panel begins.

The 2014 conference lunch panel begins.

Introducing the LGBTQ History Lunch Panel!

The eleventh Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Association Conference lunch panel, “Changing Strategies for Collecting, Sharing, and (Re)telling LGBTQ Histories,” focuses on how methods of collecting, writing, and sharing LGBTQ histories changed over the past thirty years.

Panelists include:

Jill Austin, Curator, Chicago History Museum

Dr. John D’ Emilio, Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies Emeritus, UIC

Symone L. Simmons, Program Coordinator, UIC Gender & Sexuality Center

Jakob VanLammeren, Archivist & Collections Librarian, Leather Archives & Museum

Dr. Michelle Wright, Professor of African American Studies, Northwestern University

The lunch panel opens with each panelist commenting on how methods of collecting, writing, and sharing LGBTQ histories changed over the past thirty years. Then, the floor opens for a question and answer session about the topics at hand. Changes and challenges still face activists, archivists, historians, and students who work with LGBTQ community members and research LGBTQ histories. While the conversation at the conference takes place at lunch, these issues exist beyond the conference walls. The conversation does not stop here, it begins here.

We look forward to your contemplations and engagement at the lunch panel, and can’t wait to see you on November, 15! Stay tuned for more information!

Deadline Extended for 11th Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference!

 Call for Papers

Eleventh Annual

Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference

November 15, 2014

Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus, Chicago, IL

Masters and doctoral graduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present individual research papers at Loyola’s Eleventh Annual History Graduate Student Conference.  Panel applications and individual papers focusing on borderlands and transnational studies, urban history, gender history, and public history are especially encouraged.  We also welcome papers about history projects in the digital humanities. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting original research projects and to receive feedback from their peers on their work.

Prizes of $150 and $50 will be awarded to the top two conference presentations.  Loyola graduate students are ineligible for these monetary awards, but an honorable mention will be given to the top Loyola presentation.

Individual proposals should include: submitter’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation(s), a one page abstract of the paper (with a title), and a brief biographical statement indicating your academic status along with a return address and current e-mail address.  Panel proposals should include the above as well as a brief description of the panel itself.  Please note that submissions will be accepted as time and space permit.  For more information please visit loyolahistoryconference.com or our department webpage at http://www.luc.edu/history/graduate/conference_test.shtml.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 8, 2014.  E-mail proposals as an attachment to the HGSA Conference Committee at: HGSA@luc.edu or mail to:

History Graduate Student Association
Attn: Hope Shannon
Loyola University Chicago
Department of History
1032 West Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60660

For more information about the conference, please contact the HGSA Conference Committee at: HGSA@luc.edu. Sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago.

Call for Papers: Eleventh Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference

 Call for Papers

Eleventh Annual

Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference

November 15, 2014

Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus, Chicago, IL

Masters and doctoral graduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present individual research papers at Loyola’s Eleventh Annual History Graduate Student Conference.  Panel applications and individual papers focusing on borderlands and transnational studies, urban history, gender history, and public history are especially encouraged.  We also welcome papers about history projects in the digital humanities. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting original research projects and to receive feedback from their peers on their work.

Prizes of $150 and $50 will be awarded to the top two conference presentations.  Loyola graduate students are ineligible for these monetary awards, but an honorable mention will be given to the top Loyola presentation.

Individual proposals should include: submitter’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation(s), a one page abstract of the paper (with a title), and a brief biographical statement indicating your academic status along with a return address and current e-mail address.  Panel proposals should include the above as well as a brief description of the panel itself.  Please note that submissions will be accepted as time and space permit.  For more information please visit loyolahistoryconference.com or our department webpage at http://www.luc.edu/history/graduate/conference_test.shtml.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, August 25, 2014.  E-mail proposals as an attachment to the HGSA Conference Committee at: HGSA@luc.edu or mail to:

History Graduate Student Association
Attn: Hope Shannon
Loyola University Chicago
Department of History
1032 West Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60660

For more information about the conference, please contact the HGSA Conference Committee at: HGSA@luc.edu. Sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago.

Introducing our Digital History Lunch Panel!

21st Century Challenges Facing the History Profession: Digital History Edition

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus, Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 12:45-2:30pm

The WITCH computer, first used in the 1950s, reads programs that are punched into strips of tape. Image courtesy of CNN.com.

The WITCH computer, first used in the 1950s, reads programs that are punched into strips of tape. Image courtesy of CNN.com.

Happy Monday to all! We are now less than a week away from the 10th Annual LUC History Graduate Student Conference. As you can tell from our recently uploaded program, we are primed to have another great conference this year. In addition to the really fantastic panels, our public history roundtable, and, of course, all the brilliant participants coming from near and far, we’d like to introduce the digital history lunch panel!

Instead of listening to a keynote address, we want to have a conversation about the opportunities and challenges confronting the history profession brought about by the “digital turn.” Our panelists will provide their thoughts on any number of topics concerning digital history and its many applications, both inside and outside the classroom. The format of this session will be Q & A, and so all in attendance are encouraged to participate. You can raise your hand the old-fashioned way, or you can embrace the digital power of Twitter and live tweet your questions and reactions by using #HGSA2013.

Our wonderful cast of panelists include:

  • Dr. Meghan Dougherty, Assistant Professor of Digital Communication, Loyola University Chicago
  • Dr. Anne Flannery, ACLS Public Fellow, Assistant Director of Digital Initiatives and Services, Newberry Library
  • Dr. Christopher Manning, Associate Professor of History, Loyola University Chicago
  • Dr. Kyle Roberts, Assistant Professor of Public History and New Media, Loyola University Chicago

Some potential topics of discussion might include:

  • Dissertation embargoing
  • Online teaching and MOOCs (massive online open classes)
  • Digitization of archival material and digital research
  • Open source software sharing and freeware
  • Copyright issues in a digital age
  • The effects of digitization on the publishing landscape
  • Academic blogging

These are just suggestions, but the direction of the conversation is up to you. So get excited to explore the brave new world of digital history, and we look forward to your questions and insights!