Call for Papers ~ Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference

27th Annual

Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference

March 16-17, 2018

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Call for Papers

The Graduate History Association (GHA) of the University at Buffalo announces the 27th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference.  This conference aims to enable students and scholars from across North America to share current research with fellow students and faculty members from a variety of fields, including History, Political Science, Anthropology, Classics, English, Comparative Literature, American Studies, Caribbean Studies, Transnational Studies, Geography, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Religious Studies, and Urban Studies.

We seek original papers that explore the currents of contemporary scholarship and analyze a wide range of historical topics, time periods, and geographic locations.  Similarly, we encourage proposals that draw from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to enrich the exchange of ideas at our conference.  For the 27th Annual Plesur Conference, we are especially seeking research that addresses the theme of “Rediscovering Oceanus: 21st Century Approaches to the Atlantic World.”  Broadly interpreted, this theme seeks to bring historical perspective to issues related – but not limited to – colonialism, imperialism, trade, the environment, immigration and migration, and all cultures with ties to the Atlantic World.  Work that employs multi-disciplinary approaches is especially encouraged.

We are pleased to announce that, in partnership with the University at Buffalo Department of History Speakers’ Committee, our 2018 Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Robert Deal, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Marshall University.  Dr. Deal earned his PhD in History from Temple University after earning his law degree from Villanova University.  His most recent publication is The Law of the Whale Hunt: Dispute Resolution, Property Law, and American Whalers, 1780-1880, published by Cambridge University Press.

Proposal Instructions

Please send your proposal, consisting of a 250-word abstract (including main argument and methodology), CV, school or other affiliation, and contact information to

The deadline for paper proposals is Friday, January 26, 2018.

Accepted proposals will be notified by email in mid-February.

Non-UB students who have papers accepted by the program committee will be eligible to request reimbursement for registration and some travel expenses when registering for the conference.