call for papers: History of Activism

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Wed Nov 7 10:45:54 CST 2001

[ed:  this is a graduate conference that also welcomes contributions 
from activist not currently in academia.]

From: "A. Eisinger" <minerva at>

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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 14:13:15 -0500
Subject: CFP: History of Activism, History as Activism

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History of Activism, History as Activism

In the 1970s, social historians - many with roots in activist 
movements of
the 1960s - dramatically transformed the focus and function of the
discipline. They turned their studies to those most historically 
and disregarded the notion of historical objectivity.  This graduate
conference will focus on three different yet interrelated aspects of 
relationship between history and activism:

1. Histories of activist groups, individuals, or causes from all time
periods and geographic locations are welcome.

2. History as activism may consider how the work of the 
historian is activist, including theories of and methods for teaching,
writing, and mentoring.

3. Activists are welcome to submit papers on the use and relevancy 
history to their work, especially considering how historians can 
make their
work more relevant and accessible to activists.

We hope to receive proposals from historians working not only on 
Europe and
the Americas, but also on Asia, Africa, and Australia, in any 
period - including ancient, pre-modern, early modern and modern 
times.  We
particularly encourage submissions from those specializing in the 
History of
Public Health, Science, Technology and the Environment.

Deadline for proposals: December 1, 2001.
Accepted panelists will be notified by January 15, 2002.
Conference Date: April 5-6 2002 at Columbia University, New York 
Opening Comments by Professor Eric Foner

Proposals should be 250 words and sent to activismc at 

Department of History (Activism Conference)
Mail Code 2527
611 Fayerweather Hall
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

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