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Call for Papers: “Sovereignty and Power” at UCR May 17-18, 2019

Call for Papers

University of California, Riverside
Graduate History Conference
“Sovereignty and Power”
May 17-18, 2019

   The History Graduate Student Association at UC Riverside is now accepting abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations related to the theme “Sovereignty and Power.” We will have a keynote speaker (TBD), as well as a professionalization workshop (TBD) on the second day of the conference.

   How does sovereignty interact within and without power structures? How do nations interact within a dominant cultural or economic hegemony? How do individuals act as sovereign over themselves or groups? How is sovereignty expressed differently depending on local, global, and imperial contexts? How do individuals or groups adapt the rhetoric of sovereignty in the face of internal/external pressures? In what ways does power inhibit or promote claims of sovereignty?

How does sovereignty and/or power intersect with:

  • Nations, Nationhood, and “Imagined Communities” (Anderson 1983)
  • Identity Politics
  • Religion and Religiosity
  • Gender
  • Monarchy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and/or Tyranny
  • Empire, Expansion, and Confrontation
  • Land Stewardship and Natural Resources
  • The Built Environment
  • Rhetoric and Advertising
  • Cultural Practices
  • Language Retention

   Papers in history and related disciplines, regardless of geographic or temporal boundaries, are welcome. We invite submissions for individual papers from MA and PhD level students. Abstracts should include a working title and brief description of the main argument.

   Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to by February 15th, 2019. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in March 2019. The HGSA is currently unable to provide travel bursaries at this time, but we encourage applicants to seek travel funding from their home institutions.