Archive for the ‘Conferences/Seminars’ category

Finding Conferences – H-Net is Key!

May 8, 2013

At this point in our careers most grad students have something worth sharing with the larger Imageacademy.  You have a seminar paper that “ain’t so bad” and you’re ready to share it with the world.  Okay, well not THE WORLD, yet… but you want to share it with someone other than your advisor (who hates it) and your mother (who loves it).  Where, pray tell, can you find such a place?

Sometimes departments post fliers for conferences in the area, but the best way to find Calls for Papers (CFPs) is on H-Net, the list serv software from Michigan State that will fill your inbox with delightful things nearly every day.  If you haven’t yet checked out H-Net, go there now.

You can subscribe to H-lists (the H stands for Humanities, by the way) on a variety of subjects.  There are announcements for conferences, book projects, and even book reviews.  It’s a great opportunity to network with other professionals writing in a given subject within the historical profession.

Go, subscribe, and get connected!


Help Wanted: Reflecting on the Gordon Conference

October 7, 2012

I’ve got some notes to reflect on and some posts coming this week, but I wondered if anyone would be willing to volunteer to write on one of the following suggested (or your own) topics:

-President Robert Tracey Mackenzie’s address
-A panel that you attended that was particularly helpful
-Presenting at the conference
-A book (or books) that the conference encouraged you to read
-An observation on the relationship between faith and history
-A random allegorical story that expresses your deep feelings about the Academy

If you’d like to write a report on one aspect of the conference, please contact me:

Guest Post: Mary Sanders on the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference

October 2, 2012

Mary Sanders is a third-year PhD student in history at Oklahoma State University, where she’s focusing in twentieth-century American religious history.  She has an MA in history from the University of Connecticut and a BA in history with a minor in theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University.  She’s a teaching assistant at OSU, an adjunct instructor in freshman composition at Oklahoma Baptist University, an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a Post-it note addict.  When she’s not buried in schoolwork, you can usually find her taking a Zumba class or relaxing with Smudge, her 6-year old lhasa apso.


“Which conferences are you trying to go to this year?”

This is a fairly common question in my department.  Every year at orientation, we hear the same thing from our graduate director: Make sure you’re submitting to conferences!  Get your work out there!  Meet people!  Make connections!  Calls for paper regularly circulate through our email inboxes, and my colleagues and I are fairly routinely checking in with each other about what we’re working on.

If I’m being honest, I really enjoy conferences, and so I’m really glad to see a growing number of small conferences geared towards graduate students.  I recently went to one of these conferences, the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference (RMIHC), sponsored by the University of Colorado—Boulder history department and held on CU’s beautiful campus.  I presented a paper entitled “So What About God? Working Towards a Theological History of the Oklahoma City Bombing,” a new project designed to test-drive some methodological aspects of my dissertation.  I traveled to Boulder with two colleagues from Oklahoma State University (my home institution), one of whom presented his own work and the other of whom came along for moral support.

It was my first time attending the RMIHC, and I was very impressed with this conference.  I was particularly struck with how well the conference was run—it was well-organized, we ran on schedule, and, as far as I could tell, there were no major logistical problems.  One of my favorite parts was the professional development lunch, when we had wide-ranging conversations about oral history methodology and archival research.  Although I unfortunately had to miss one of the afternoon sessions, the papers I did have a chance to see were very interesting.  The conference organizers took the “interdisciplinary” aspect of the conference seriously, and I was privileged to see papers from fellow graduate students in history, religious studies, economics, and American studies.  It was an excellent experience—I left with helpful feedback on my work, and I had a good time.  I’d highly recommend that graduate students in the area consider submitting to this conference next year.

Of course, as I’m writing this, I’m gearing up to head to Gordon College for the Conference on Faith & History meeting later this week.  I’ve been involved with CFH since I was an undergraduate, when we held the 2006 meeting at Oklahoma Baptist University, my alma mater.  I’ve been looking forward to this year’s meeting, partly because I’m excited to see some interesting papers, and partly because…well, let’s face it: I live in Oklahoma, and it was 90 degrees last week.  Fall in New England?  Yes, please!

Hope to see lots of you there!

CFH Conference Proposal Deadline – May 1st

April 12, 2012

If you’re anything like me, you let deadlines sneak up on you.  Don’t miss the deadline for proposals for the CFH meeting this fall at Gordon College.


(Cut and pasted directly from the CFH Website)

Our 28th Biennial Fall Conference in 2012 on “Cultural Change and Adaptation,” will be at Gordon College in Massachusetts. John Wigger (University of Missouri; is general program chair and Jennifer Hevelone-Harper (Gordon College; is the local arrangements chair. The student conference will be October 3-4 and the Biennial Conference will be October 4-6.

A CALL FOR PAPERS has been issued. This year’s theme, “Cultural Change and Adaptation,” a deliberately broad designation intended to encompass how people and organizations interact with their culture in all geographical areas and historical periods. Session proposals are particularly encouraged, but the program committee will also consider individual paper proposals that can be organized into sessions wherever possible.

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 1, 2012. A pdf file outlining policies for conference paper and panel proposals is posted on the CFH webpage: here. Proposals for the October 4-6 Biennial Conference should be submitted to John Wigger (University of Missouri) at Proposals for the October 3-4 undergraduate student research conference should be submitted to Jared Burkholder (Grace College) at

Opportunities to Chair a Session: CFH Gordon College in October

January 31, 2012

Grad Students… to arms! to arms!  (Or, at least, to pens!)

We’ve been volunteered (you’re welcome, I think) to serve our esteemed organization by way of offering commentary on the papers for the undergraduate conference at Gordon College in October.  The dates are October 4-6, 2012.  Check out the details of the conference here.

Some of you may be a little apprehensive about this, but we’re really looking for advanced graduate students (ABD preferred) to comment on papers within your field of specialization.  That said, we may not have a perfect match between papers being presented and commentors available.  So, let’s begin the process by getting willing volunteers to contact me ( and I will work with Jared Burkholder, the undergraduate conference organizer, to match things up.

If you’re wondering WHY on Earth you should volunteer your time for such an endeavor, the answer is simply because it will help your career.  Not only is it the ever-popular “vita line,” it is also and opportunity to show future employers your willingness to help in a time of need.  We, the grad students, will be lightening the load for the rest of the membership of the CFH.  Additionally, you’ll gain experience in commenting on papers.  Remember that these will be more polished than the average undergraduate “written the night before its due” papers.  Many of these are inquiring young scholars attempting to dip their toes in the academy.  We have a chance to offer them direction and encouragement in the way that many of us received at a similar critical juncture in our careers.

I truly hope many of you will volunteer.


January 16, 2012

*I get a ton of these CFP through H-Grad, but this one seemed particularly applicable.  Perhaps we could get a CFH panel together for this integrating history and theology?  Thoughts?*


We invite you to take part in the Urban Network panels of the 37th annual
meeting of the Social Science History Association, November 1-4, 2012, in
Vancouver. The members of the Social Science History Association share a
common interest in interdisciplinary and systematic approaches to
historical research (including, but by no means limited to, sociology,
urban planning, geography, demography, economics, and political
science).The SSHA is a particularly good forum for graduate students’
work: we welcome a diversity of scholars at various stages of their careers and
encourage graduate student participation in network events.

The thematic topic of the 2012 annual meeting is “Histories of Capitalism.”
However, we welcome papers and panels on all urban topics. Proposed panel
topics include:

– The Occupy Movement as an urban phenomenon

– Financial Crises and Cities

– Capital and the Rise and Fall of Cities

– Urban Economies

– Vancouver’s History and Development

– Cities of the Pacific Rim

– Olympic Games and Host Cities

– Migration and Immigration

– Cities and the Environment

– Urban Governance

– Crime and Justice in the City

– The Ancient City

To propose a paper or panel please submit: Paper Title, Brief Abstract, and
Contact Information at we welcome paper
submissions, panel proposals are encouraged. Panels should include an
organizer, discussant, and at least four papers. The deadline for paper
and/or panel submissions is *MARCH 1, 2012.*

For more information on the meeting as well as the call for proposals,
please refer to the SSHA website: or contact either of
the Urban co-chairs (Carl Zimring– or Megan

We look forward to seeing you in the Fall!


Megan Stubbendeck and Carl Zimring

Urban Network Co-chairs

CFH at AHA in Chicago – Just a few weeks!

December 20, 2011

American Historical Association Meeting 

Chicago Marriott Downtown
Saturday, January 7, 2012

The annual breakfast reception of the CFH will be Saturday morning, January 7, in the Cook Room of the Chicago Marriott Downtown, from 8-9 am. All are welcome to join us, especially graduate students.

This will be followed by a stimulating panel discussion from 9 to 11 am in the McHenry Room of the Chicago Marriott Downtown on “Historians, Historiography, and the Confessional Divide,” in which historians from differing faith traditions discuss their perspectives on the intersection of faith and history. Will Katerberg (Calvin College) will chair. The panel will be composed of Bradley Nassif (North Park University), Mark A. Noll (University of Notre Dame), Dana L. Robert (Boston University), Lamin Sanneh (Yale University), and Leslie W. Tentler (Catholic University of America). We expect an interesting dialogue.

Announcement taken directly from:

Please comment, or email me ( if you’d like to get together.  PLEASE do attend the CFH breakfast and panel.