New Frontiers 2020: Life in an Age of Extremes

Published on: 15 Oct 2019

Call for Papers

York University History Department, February 21-23

York University’s Graduate History Student Association is very happy to invite all Master’s and Doctoral students to present at New Frontiers 2020, Canada’s oldest and largest graduate history conference. The conference will be held at York University, February 21-23.

Popular historian Eric Hobsbawm declared 1914-1991 to be “the age of extremes”, following the ages of revolution, capital, and empire. Today’s discourses are permeated with notions of extremism – “extreme wealth”, “extreme inequality”, “extreme weather events”, “extreme executive power”, “politically correct extremism.”

But have we ever lived in an age that wasn’t “extreme”? In Canada, Champlain’s arrival in Québec was an extreme event for both France and the Iroquois. The Act of Unity was an extreme event to assimilate French-Canadians. The American Founding Fathers launched an extremely ambitious attack on Britain for both liberty and conquest. The trans-Atlantic slave trade was an extreme event that lasted over 300 years. From the United States and Soviet Union to Indonesia, Egypt, and El Salvador, states have used extreme measures to retain power and subjugate others – so have bosses with workers, husbands with wives, clerics with flocks. Resistance has been equally extreme. Have we ever not been caught up in extremes?

As a graduate student, New Frontiers 2020 is an excellent opportunity to present your original research, dissertation chapters in progress, research projects, course papers, or any other work you’ve completed that you think would be of interest to the wider academic community. We invite both MA and PhD students in History or any related field that examines our theme, “the age of extremes”, to submit a 250-word abstract by November 15, 2019 for individual papers, or a 350-word abstract for panel submissions. While submissions that discuss our theme are encouraged, we equally welcome submissions that focus on other historical topics.

Individual paper abstracts must include a title and explain the context of your research, your research question(s), your methodology, your sources, and the historical significance of your research. In addition, please include a brief biography of yourself and your contact information.

Panel proposals must include a 350-word abstract describing the theme of the panel, a 250-word abstract for each presenter (see above), a brief biography of each presenter and everyone’s contact information.

Individual papers should be no more than 15 minutes long; panels should be 45 to 60 minutes, not including time for questions.

Please direct submissions to:

See you all in February!

Dave Hazzan
Rebecca Lazarenko
Bàrbara Molas

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