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Graduate conference 2021


The End of the World as They Knew It: Crisis and Collapse in History

May 14, 2021

 

via ZOOM

Keynote speaker: Professor Kate BROWN (MIT), author of Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster (2019)

Convener: T.H. Breen Graduate Fellow Sian OLSON DOWIS

CALL FOR PAPERS: Proposal deadline February 1, 2021

From the ongoing global pandemic to the looming specter of climate catastrophe, it is widely recognized that we are living through a period of extraordinary crisis. Yet catastrophe and precarity

are far from new. Throughout history, people have believed that they were experiencing the end of the world, or at least the end of the world as they recognized and understood it. Many others have prophesied that end times were soon to come. Indeed, crises and disasters are so abundant in historical literature that they are arguably the primary scaffolding upholding our dominant historical narratives.

We invite scholars in all fields of history and related disciplines to submit paper proposals exploring the history of the end of the world, broadly defined. “The End of the World as They Knew It: Crisis and Collapse in History” aims to inspire a lively and thoughtful conversation on the history and historiography of political, economic, environmental, social, cultural, and religious crises and disasters. Submissions may address, but should not be limited to, any of the following questions:

The conference will take place on Friday, May 14, 2021 via Zoom. The keynote speaker will be Professor Kate BROWN, historian and Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Brown is the award-winning author of many books, including Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster (2019). More on her website at https://sts-program.mit.edu/people/sts-faculty/kate-brown/

Interested graduate students should send a paper proposal of no more than one page (250 words), and an updated CV to Sian Olson Dowis (olsondowis@u.northwestern.edu) by Monday, February 1, 2021. A Northwestern history faculty committee will select the papers. Conference papers will be ten to twelve pages double-spaced and due Thursday, April 29, 2021, in order to allow time for circulation to the commentators. Presentations will run 10 minutes.

 

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