City Graduate Student History Conference: “Historicizing the State.” The two-day conference
will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago on October 17-18, 2014.
Since Benedict Anderson invited historians to envision nation-states as Imagined Communities,
scholars have wrestled with questions regarding the naturalness of the state. This conference
invites scholars to explore the historical processes of state formation.
Theories/Theorists of State Power
The State and Empire
Borderlands/Construction of Nation-States
State Regulation and Sponsorship of Economic Institutions and Markets
Immigration and Naturalization
Prison Industrial Complex
The “Welfare State” and the “Warfare State”
This year’s keynote speaker is James T. Sparrow, an Associate Professor of U.S. History at The
University of Chicago. Professor Sparrow’s recent book, Warfare State: World War II Americans
and the Age of Big Government, challenged the periodization of the New Deal as the era of “big
government” to instead argue the United States harnessed its participation in the Second World
War to vastly expand the federal government's involvement in citizens’ lives. Sparrow’s new
project, “The New Leviathan” examines American sovereignty during the atomic age. Sparrow’s
methodological interests extend to new media fields and the opportunities they provide in
capturing and preserving archival material.
This is an interdisciplinary conference. Presentations from history graduate students in all
research areas are welcome. Graduate students working on historical topics in other social
sciences and humanities are also encouraged to apply. Please send a 250 word abstract and a
short CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15th, 2014. For panel proposals, please
send a 200 word panel abstract along with paper abstracts and presenters’ CV’s.