Graduate Student History Conference Announcement

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The graduate students of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center as a part of the Richards Center’s ongoing affiliation with the National Endowment for the Humanities through the NEH-funded We The People Initiative, announce “The Civil War Era in Global Perspective”

A graduate student history conference to be held on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University on February 6-7, 2009


The graduate students of The Pennsylvania State University’s George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center announce the third annual Richards Center graduate student conference on the Civil War Era (roughly the 1830s through 1880). The two-day conference will begin on Friday, February 6, and continue through Saturday, February 7. The Richards Center is committed to the integrated and comprehensive study of the Civil War era. We especially welcome papers that focus on aspects of the Civil War era from a North and South American, Caribbean, African, or European perspective. Topics of particular interest include diplomatic, military, and economic history, as well as the histories of gender and the family, reform, slavery, and emancipation, and borderlands or transnational studies. Papers from disciplines other than history are also welcome.

Prospective participants are asked to submit a one-page abstract and current C.V. no later than November 20, 2008. The abstract should clearly express the author’s argument and potential historiographical significance. Those invited to participate will be notified by December 10, 2008. Invited participants must submit a preliminary version of the 10-12 page (20 minute) paper to be presented by January 10, 2009.

Travel stipends of $300 will be awarded to each invited speaker. Invited presenters are encouraged to contact conference organizers with questions about accommodations in the area. In addition, the Richards Center will host a banquet for presenters on Friday evening.

Please e-mail all abstracts as an attachment to Anne Brinton at

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