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The Center supports (I) CCHS graduate conferences convened by Breen Fellows,  (II) CCHS global graduate exchanges and symposia organized in collaboration with peer institutions abroad, as well as (III) co-sponsored conferences at NU.

I. CCHS Graduate Conferences

The T.H. Breen Graduate Fellows of the Center organize one or two one-day conferences which bring together panels of graduate student papers with an eminent keynote speaker from outside NU and faculty commentators to discuss important topics in history. These workshops are free and open to the public.


“Commercial Networks: Connections, Conflicts, Exchanges”

conference convened by Claire ARNOLD—Friday, June 2, 2023. See Call for Papers here.

Keynote speaker: Professor Sarah PEARSALL (Johns Hopkins U), author of the award-winning Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century (2008) and Polygamy: An Early American History (2019).  External commentator: Professor Peter THILLY (U of Mississippi), a historian of China and the opium trade.


2020-2021 conferences (via Zoom) in Spring 2021

2019-2020 Conferences: cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

For more on these two conferences, please click on the titles or refer to the left-hand banner (CCHS graduate conference 1 and 2).

2018-2019 Conferences

2017-2018 Conferences

For more on these two conferences, please refer to the left-hand banner (CCHS graduate conference 1 and 2).

Past CCHS conferences range from "Environmental History" (2008), "The Promise and Perils of Biography" and "Emotions as History (2010) to "The Popular and/in History" and "Punishment and Its Discontents" (2017).

II. CCHS Global Graduate exchanges: conferences and symposia

See Global Graduate Exchanges.

III Co-sponsored Conferences

CCHS supports conferences at Northwestern University on appropriate topics. Anyone interested in presenting a proposal should contact the director. In 2018-2019 the Center is co-sponsoring a major international conference on "Writing History Through Children" (Oct. 5-6, 2018).

The Center has co-sponsored numerous conferences, symposia and workshops, from a major international conference on "The Middle East in the 1950s: Historical Perspectives--Israel, the Arab World, and the Great Powers" (April 2010) to the interdisciplinary symposium "Imagining the Public in Colonial India: Print, Polemics and the People" (May 2014) and “Bridges of Memory” documentary film screenings and discussion of historical memory of resistance to colonialism among descendants of African and Native Americans (March 2015). In November 2015 we hosted a very well attended conference on "Denial and Memory: 100 years after the Armenian Genocide."   In 2017 the Center supported the Illinois Medieval Association meeting at NU, the Renaissance Society of America  convention in Chicago, and "Hindsight: A Symposium on the Work of Darlene Clark Hine."

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