Call for Papers!

Submit to Loyola University Chicago’s 2019 HGSA Conference, Conscience-Driven History: Challenging Pasts, Public Space, and Memory

Masters and doctoral graduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present individual research papers or posters at Loyola’s Sixteenth Annual History Graduate Student Conference.

In keeping with this year’s theme, Conscience-Driven History, we solicit presentations that broadly demonstrate ways in which personal and cultural ethics and morals shape how we do historical work and understand the past.

We welcome submissions that explore difficult histories—sites of conscience, challenging or limited source material, and historical moments of conflicted memory. We also encourage contributions that discuss public history work and issues or questions related to professional ethics for historians.

Potential frameworks may include, but are not limited to: American history, world history, public space and monuments, urban history, history of gender and race/ethnicity, religious history, professional historical work, 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.

Submissions due Friday, September 6, 2019.

Submit a Paper or Poster Here


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.


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

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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. 

Welcome and Registration Packet 2017

We are getting very excited as the Conference approaches! Please download the welcome and registration packet here: 2017WelcomePacket 

This document contains more information about the campus and the city. It also contains a registration form. Please email your registration form to the provided address ASAP. If you are presenting, please include the $60 registration fee. If you are not presenting and wish to attend the lunch panel, please include the $10 catering fee.


Call for Posters: Inaugural Loyola HGSA Poster Session– Open to Graduate and Undergraduate Students!

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Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference:

“Hearing Silences”

Morning Poster Session

November 18, 2017

Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus, Chicago, IL

Deadline: October 27th, 2017

Graduate and undergraduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present during the morning poster session. Posters may feature original research or showcase public history projects. Presentations related to the conference theme are especially encouraged. This year’s theme, Hearing Silences, deals with gaps in the historical record, especially those related to marginalized subjects. We welcome scholarship on any topic of historical interest, but we encourage presenters to consider the ways in which historical silences hinder, motivate, or inform their work. Certificates will be awarded to the top graduate and undergraduate poster presenters.

Proposals should include the submitter’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation(s), a one page abstract of the poster (with a title), and a sentence listing up to three historical subjects your poster addresses (e.g. American history, gender, public history). Please also include a brief biographical statement indicating your academic status along with a return address and current e­mail address. Finally, indicate whether your display will require any digital or audiovisual accommodations.  Please note that submissions will be accepted as time and space permit.

Email your proposal as a PDF attachment to the HGSA Conference Committee at: Use the subject line Re: CFPosters Loyola History Grad Conference.

For more information about the conference, visit our department webpage. For any further questions, contact the HGSA Conference Committee at ​

Sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago