Call For Papers (due 7/1) – New York State Association of European Historians *Keynote Speaker: Distinguished Professor Herman Bennett

The conference begins on Friday evening at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center with a dinner and plenary lecture by Dr. Herman L. Bennett, Director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean, CUNY Graduate Center, and author of African Kings and Black Slaves: Sovereignty & Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic (2019). Panels will be held on Saturday at Niagara University.

The Association encourages submissions addressing this year’s theme or any aspect of European history or Europe’s connections with the wider world and in any time period.  We invite traditional research presentations, pedagogy-focused presentations, or undergraduate paper panels. Full panel proposals are also welcome. The conference provides a welcoming and collegial atmosphere, and we strongly encourage graduate students and independent and early-career scholars to submit proposals, including papers based on work(s)-in-progress. Graduate students can submit their papers for the Barbara Blaszak Prize.

Proposals for presentations and/or panels should include a 100-150 word abstract for each presentation and a one-page c.v. for each presenter. Email proposals to NYSAEH president, Jennifer Sovde (sovdej@canton.edu) by July 1, 2022.

The American Historical Association’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program provides relief to institutions adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. In addition to supporting this special partnership with the Underground Railroad Heritage Center, the AHA-NEH SHARP grant allows NYSAEH to host the conference this year without a registration fee. Registration includes dinner, admission to the museum, the keynote address on Friday, and lunch on Saturday. Participants and attendees would only be responsible for their travel and accommodations expenses.

The New York State Association of European Historians is a regional historical association that welcomes innovative ideas and presentations. Our members are drawn from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center and Niagara University are both located in Niagara Falls, NY.  The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center’s mission is to reveal authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls that inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and take action toward an equitable society. Niagara University is located in the Town of Lewiston, New York.  Niagara University’s beautifully maintained suburban campus includes the Castellani Art Museum. As a major resource for the visual arts in Niagara County, the CAM’s permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of mainly modern and contemporary art.

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