The Field Is Set!

The Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student Conference committee has selected panelists for our November 5 conference. Quality and quantity of submissions far outpaced our expectations, causing us to face many tough choices. We weighed the strength of each submission with the creation of coherently themed panels–no easy task. Fueled by coffee and donuts, we prevailed.

We welcome to our 8th annual conference scholars from Wisconsin-Madison, Cal Berkeley, Northern Illinois, Loyola Chicago, Brown, Cal State Northridge, George Mason, Texas, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Chicago, Buffalo, Minnesota, Miami of Ohio, TCU, Nebraska-Lincoln, Notre Dame, Harvard, UC Santa Barbara, Iowa State, Southern Illinois, University of North Carolina, Northwestern, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Yale.

Our participants not only span the nation, but also represent all stops on the graduate study journey–from first-year MA students to PhD candidates.

In the coming weeks, watch the blog for panel previews from the scholars themselves. To whet your appetite, here are our tentative panel themes:.

  • Culture on Display:  includes papers on Barnum, exhibitions, and expositions.
  • The Pacific World: offering takes on American colonialism in the Philippines, Pacific shipping and Chinese labor, and Chinese-American capitalistic ideas.
  • Race and Space: Chicago housing, labor issues involved in the 1919 Chicago Race Riot, and African American home ownership in postwar Detroit.
  • Conflict and Memory: the Fred Hampton House, Korean War memory, and GLBT victims of the Holocaust
  • Indian Worlds: George Washington and Native Americans, Yaqui and Mayo Indians during the Mexican Revolution, and the Plan de San Diego.
  • Digital Humanities: Understanding Progressive-Era Grand Rapids with digital media, the Internet genealogy boom, and a participatory web project about Chicago “Snow  Chairs.”
  • Urban Communities: Chicago floriculture, Milwaukee jazz and urban renewal, and Chicago’s United Center and its neighborhood.
  • Two Atlantic World Panels: French West Indie consumer culture, slave ship surgeons, Father John Carroll, Pennsylvania indentured servants, taverns and the Quartering Act, and the emotions of Newgate’s Account.
  • Rethinking Activism: Catholics and nuclear disarmament, Barbara Deming’s environmentalism, and early Transatlantic animal welfare activism.
  • War and Literature: WWI children’s books, the legend of Tom Dula, and Civil War-era “Chick-Lit.”
  • European Totalitarian-Era Culture: French football in 1930s and 1940s, the Nazi “Pan-Turkic Solution,” and American and British fascism during the Spanish Civil War.

See you November 5 in downtown Chicago!

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