Call for Papers: 1917 – Revolution, Radicalism, and Resistance in the Atlantic World

Application Deadline: July 31st, 2017

Conference Date: October 19-21, 2017

Location: The University of Texas at Arlington

The Transatlantic History Student Organization, in collaboration with Phi Alpha Theta, the Barksdale Lecture Series, the History Department, the Africa Program and the College of Liberal Arts, is sponsoring the Eighteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History.

Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people, goods, and ideas between and within any of the four continents surrounding the Atlantic basin between the time of the first Atlantic contacts in the 1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of social and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and highlighted by comparative and transnational frameworks.

We invite papers and panel submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature—including interdisciplinary and digital humanities projects—that fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate students and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in English, French, Spanish, and German.

The theme of this year’s conference is the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 on the Atlantic World, examining the political, social, cultural, and economic reverberations and legacies prompted by the collapse of Russia’s ancien régime and the consolidation of Soviet/Bolshevik power. Inspiring hope and terror abroad, this conference aims to analyze the various transnational and international dimensions of the Russian Revolutions and how they shaped social and political movements in the Atlantic World, both directly and by virtue of establishing a new geopolitical context.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Communist, socialist, and anarchist internationalism
  • Imperialism/colonialism, anti-colonial movements, and decolonization
  • Transatlantic solidarity struggles
  • Women’s and feminist movements
  • Radical and social movement networks
  • Anti-war and peace activism during World War I and World War II
  • Refugees and exiles
  • Revolutions and uprisings of 1917-1923 (Russia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, Egypt, etc.)
  • Social, political, and cultural forms of anti-communism—both left- and right-wing
  • Fascism and anti-fascism
  • Cold War studies

We also seek to explore and further establish shared terminology, methodologies, and defining parameters as they pertain to the field of transatlantic history. This conference has become an interdisciplinary and intercontinental meeting place where such ideas can converge into a common conversation.

Therefore, we also welcome papers on:

  • Twentieth-century empires
  • Transatlantic networks
  • Making of nation-states
  • Transnational spaces
  • Transatlantic migrations
  • Diaspora studies
  • Collective memory
  • Identity construction
  • Transatlantic cuisine and consumption
  • Intercultural transfer and transfer studies
  • Transnational families
  • Teaching transnational history

Selected participants’ papers will be considered for publication in Traversea, the peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal in transatlantic history.

Submission of individual paper abstracts should be approximately three hundred words in length and should be accompanied by an abbreviated (maximum one page) curriculum vita. Panel proposals (3-4 people) should include titles and abstracts of panels as a whole, as well as each individual paper.

Paper and panel submissions should be made at https://form.jotform.us/70865303289159
Please direct all questions to Lydia Towns at lydia.towns@mavs.uta.edu.

The Conference Organizing Committee is composed of Lydia Towns, Jacob Jones, Stacy Swiney, Brandon Blakeslee, Charles Grand, and Dan Degges.

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