Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference 2019

Save the Date!

Announcing the 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference of Loyola University Chicago’s History Graduate Student Association

This year’s conference theme, Conscience-Driven History, emphasizes work that broadly demonstrates ways in which personal and cultural ethics and morals shape how we do historical work and understand the past. Potential projects include (but are not limited to) sites of conscience, challenging or limited source material, and historical moments of conflicted memory. In keeping with Loyola’s strong public history tradition, we plan to include contributions that discuss public history work and issues or questions related to professional ethics for historians.

The conference will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

The call for papers will be issued in early July.


2018 Conference Program Available Now

buildingbridgescoverThe official program for the 15th Annual History Graduate Student Conference: Building Bridges is now available! Check out the 2018 HGSA Conference Program to find the full schedule and list of presenters, as well as information regarding location, on-site check-in, and special events throughout the day.

We are pleased to offer food and refreshments at no cost, including the first round of drinks at the end-of-day networking reception. If you would like to purchase additional alcoholic beverages, please be sure to bring cash as we are not equipped to accept credit cards on-site.

Registration Open for 2018 Conference!

Registration for the 15th Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference: “Building Bridges” is now open! Whether you’re a presenter or an attendee, you can register for the conference using our new online registration system.

AHA_CD_RGBWe are pleased to announce that guests (those not presenting a paper or poster) will be able to attend the conference at no cost, thanks to the generous support of the American Historical Association’s Career Diversity for Historians initiative. To assist with catering and set-up, however, guests are still required to register in advance using the online registration system. They may select the “HGSA Conference, 11/3/18 – Guest Registration” option at $0.

We encourage all accepted paper and poster presenters to register by October 5 in order to take advantage of the discounted early registration fee of $60. Regular registration ($70) closes on October 17. For more information on registration- as well as guidelines for preparing papers and presentations, details on the conference location, and tips for visitors- check out the 2018 HGSA Conference Welcome Packet for Presenters.


2018 Conference: Call for Papers & Poster Proposals


Call for Papers

15th Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference:

“Building Bridges”


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus, Chicago, IL

EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, September 14, 2018

Masters and doctoral graduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present individual research papers at Loyola’s Fifteenth Annual History Graduate Student Conference. In keeping with this year’s theme, Building Bridges, we solicit presentations that broadly demonstrate ways in which history helps us form connections. Despite the many divisions in our world, the study of the past can often increase understanding and prompt critical conversation today. We welcome submissions that highlight new approaches to historical topics that promote constructive dialogue on how we can use the past to better society. Potential frameworks may include, but are not limited to: American history, world history, borderlands and transnational studies, urban history, history of gender, race/ethnicity, religious history, colonialism/imperialism, public history, and memory studies. We also welcome papers about history projects in the digital humanities. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting original research projects and to receive feedback from their peers on their work.

Additionally, graduate and undergraduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present during our morning poster session. Posters may feature original research or showcase public history projects. Presentations related to the conference theme are especially encouraged.

We are also pleased to announce that this year’s conference will include a special lunch panel and networking event focused on career pathways for graduate students, both within and outside of the academy, as part of our involvement with the American Historical Association’s (AHA) Career Diversity for Historians initiative. These new and exciting sessions will provide space for you to explore future career opportunities and make important connections within the field.

Instructions for Submissions:

You will complete an online form using this link. We recommend you write your abstract in a separate word document and paste into the form. Please note that submissions will be accepted as time and space permit. The extended deadline to submit is Friday, September 14, 2018.

If you have any questions about submitting your proposal, feel free to email the HGSA Conference Committee at: HGSA@luc.edu. Use the subject line Re: Loyola History Grad Conference.

Sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago

Introducing the 2017 Public History Roundtable

The Public History Roundtable will take place during the third session, 3:15-5:00pm, in room 105 of Loyola’s Information Commons.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the roundtable discussion explores what role publichistory practitioners have in addressing the historical and contemporary silences present in museums and archives, as well as in our communities. Giving voice to marginalized groups can empower communities to enact social change. However, exposing silences may also alienate potential audiences, or put a community at risk. Moreover, public historians must recognize that what might appear to be a silence to one group may not be silenced within another group. Join us as we discuss how publichistorians can incorporate silenced voices and stories, and recognize when silences should be respected. After brief presentations by the featured panelists, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the issues around drawing attention to silences. All conference attendees are welcome to participate.

Announcing the 2017 Lunch Panel

(Panelist Kevin Coval)
The 2017 HGSA Conference Lunch Panel will take place 1:15-3:00pm on November 18th, on the fourth floor of Loyola’s Information Commons.
This year’s lunch panel will bring together an artist, public historian, community activist, and academic historian to discuss the theme of “Hearing Silences” in Chicago’s historic record. This diverse group of panelists, drawing on their own unique experiences and research, will discuss communities and topics in Chicago history that have been historically ignored, as well as the unique ways of addressing and filling those voids or hearing those silences. 
Kevin Coval is a poet, playwright and educator, who will discuss his time in the archives writing his recent book of poetry, The People’s History of Chicago, which delves into the history of each of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Nell Taylor, Executive Director of Read/Write Library Chicago, will speak about her work with local youth to record their own stories and archive what they think should be saved about their neighborhoods. North Central College professor, public historian, and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of ChicagoDr. Anne Keating will talk about racial discrimination in suburban Chicago. The final panelist is Dr. Rachel BoyleNewberry Library Mellon Major Projects Fellow, whose work centers on feminine violence and criminality in Chicago, a topic that required creativity when researching sparse records on the topic.