Call for Papers, Spring 2014

Announcing ‘The 20th Century Historians’ Working Group:’ a new project at CUNY’s Graduate Center for the exploration of 20th century history and society.

Please forward our Spring 2014 call for papers far and wide.  As always, we welcome submissions on any twentieth-century history.  Our particular interests this semester include:

  • Fresh labor history, turning the new historiography of capitalism on its head
  • Diplomatic history and empire
  • Sex, gender, and the culture wars
  • Immigration history, immigrant politics, and diaspora
  • Voting rights and the state
  • The working class in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement
  • Popular cultures
  • Rural and small-urban history

For more information, please see the full call for papers below.

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The 20th Century Working Group is a standing, critical conversation among doctoral students about our respective research, our scholarly interests, and our broader orientation, as historians,toward contemporary political and social questions.In the interest of encouraging participation and building the organization, we are casting a widenet. Here are the guidelines for submissions:

  • We are seeking papers on a broad array of topics—anything that could be consideredpart of the “long twentieth century,” from the late 19th century to the present.
  • We are seeking papers that focus on the social, broadly defined, with an eye to theeconomic, political, and cultural transformations of the “modern” era.
  • There are no regional, national, or linguistic constraints on the subject; we welcome localstudy of anywhere, in the same way we encourage submissions that cross borders. Full disclosure: The membership of our network currently centers on students of modern U.S.history. We welcome and encourage membership and contributions from all otherspecialties centered on the “long twentieth century.”
  • The paper should be a work in progress—that is, part of an ongoing research project, achapter of a larger work, or a piece of scholarship aimed at developing a larger project.Of particular interest for this semester’s sessions of the Working Group are the following histories—though we continue to welcome and encourage submissions beyond these categories:
    • Fresh labor history, turning the new historiography of capitalism on its head.
    • Diplomatic history and empire.
    • Sex, gender, and the culture wars.
    • Immigration history, immigrant politics, and diaspora.
    • Voting rights and the state.
    • The working class in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement.
    • Popular cultures.
    • Rural and small-urban history.

The paper should be 20-30 pages of text (roughly 10,000 words) or shorter.

TO SUBMIT: Please send an abstract of 2-3 paragraphs, along with a brief description ofyourself and your research interests and objectives. Please send these submissions (just the abstract for now, not the paper itself) as a word-compatible attachment to: 20thcentpapers(at)gmail(dot)com.

The group meets every other Friday for peer-led discussion in a workshop format. Readers andpresenters exchange ideas, criticism, and general inquiries in a relaxed but rigorous conversational setting.

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