Thank You for Making the 2015 Conference a Success!

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The HGSA Conference Committee would like to thank all of our presenters, commentators, panelists, moderators, and volunteers for making the 12th Annual HGSA Graduate Student Conference a success!

The 2015 conference featured a timely and thought-provoking lunch panel on state-sanctioned violence, and a Public History roundtable which explored the challenges and benefits of doing meaningful public history work in Chicago’s diverse communities. The core of our conference is graduate work, and this year we featured dozens of excellent and engaging graduate presenters, including three award-winners:

  • Best Graduate Presentation is awarded to Nathan Moore for his presentation “Capitalism on Trial: The  Great Communism Trial of 1925”
  • Excellent Graduate Presentation is awarded to Clint Rogers for his presentation “The Devil’s Schoolhouse: Sensual Concerns and the Theater in Elizabethan England”
  • Best Loyola Graduate Presentation is awarded to Katherine Macica for her presentation “Fortress Cities: Seattle and the Waging of WWII”

Thank you all for joining our Loyola community in creating an environment of scholarship and collegiality. We hope to see you all next year!


Announcing This Year’s Public History Roundtable!

The Loyola University History Graduate Student Conference is pleased to announce this year’s public history roundtable: Chicago Public History in Motion. This roundtable discussion will focus on three public history projects currently underway in Chicago: History Moves, a community-curated museum on wheels; the National Public Housing Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of American public housing and its residents; and “Documenting Women’s Activism and Leadership in Chicago 1945-2000,” an archival project to document and share the history of women’s activism. This year’s speakers are:

  • Dr. Jennifer Brier, Principal Investigator/Curator, History Moves
  • Dr. Brad Hunt, Board Member, National Public Housing Museum
  • Mary Ann Johnson, President, Chicago Area Women’s History Council

Roundtable participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and possibilities of these projects currently in motion in Chicago and to consider broader issues of community engagement and activism in urban public history. All conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to participate in the conversation.

Chicago Public History in Motion will take place during the third panel session from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. of the conference. We hope to see you there!

Conference Registration Open!

We can’t wait to meet our presenters for the 12th annual Loyola History Graduate Student Conference at Water Tower Campus Corboy Law Center on November 14th!

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The conference committee also welcomes all guests to the conference, to the lunch panel on State-Sanctioned Violence: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Choices, and to the afternoon Public History roundtable.

We ask that guests (non-Loyolans who are not presenting) attending the lunch panel register to do so. Registration is now open for all non-Loyola presenters, and for guests attending the conference lunch panel.

 2015 Registration Form

We encourage all presenters to pre-register for the conference! Early registration ends on November 2, and day-of registration is limited. Registrations should be mailed to:

History Graduate Student Association

Attn: Amelia Serafine

History Department

Loyola University Chicago

1032 West Sheridan Road

Chicago, IL 60660

More information for visitors can be found here: 2015WelcomePacket

33 Sleeps until November 14th!

Announcing This Year’s Keynote Lunch Panel

The Loyola University History Graduate Student Conference is proud to announce this year’s keynote lunch panel:“State-Sanctioned Violence: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Choices.”

This timely conversation builds on the longstanding urgent discourse on state-sanctioned violence in the United States, now further intensifying in response to growing mass incarceration and the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement. As part of a history graduate student conference, the panel aims to place state-sanctioned violence in a transnational and transhistorical context while also considering actions to take in the present, particularly in a university setting. Joining this year’s panel are:

  • Sheila Bedi: Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Northwestern School of Law, Attorney at Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center
  • Dr. Kathleen Belew: Assistant Professor of U.S. History, University of Chicago
  • Rachel Caidor: Assistant Director, Campus Advocacy Network at University of Illinois at Chicago, Co-Curator of “Blood at the Root: Unearthing the Stories of State Violence Against Black Women”
  • Dr. Kim Searcy: Associate Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago

The panel discussion will take place in Kasbeer Hall during lunch, beginning with prepared remarks by panelists and followed by Q&A with the audience. We look forward to a thoughtful and critical discussion and welcome participation by all conference attendees.

Deadline for Conference Proposals Extended to September 8


Call for Papers *Deadline Extended to September 8*

Twelfth Annual

Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference

November 14, 2015

Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus, Chicago, IL

Masters and doctoral graduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present individual research papers at Loyola’s Eleventh Annual History Graduate Student Conference.  Panel applications and individual papers focusing on borderlands and transnational studies, urban history, gender history, and public history are especially encouraged.  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.

Certificates will be awarded to the top three conference presentations.

Individual proposals should include: submitter’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation(s), a one page abstract of the paper (with a title), and a sentence listing up to three historical subjects your paper addresses (e.g. French history, sport history, gender). Please also include a brief biographical statement indicating your academic status along with a return address and current e-mail address.  Panel proposals should include the above as well as a brief description of the panel itself.  Please note that submissions will be accepted as time and space permit.

For more information please visit or our department webpage at


Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  E-mail proposals as an attachment to the HGSA Conference Committee at: or mail to:

History Graduate Student Association

Attn: Amelia Serafine

Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

1032 West Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, Illinois 60660

For more information about the conference, please contact the HGSA Conference Committee at: Sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, Loyola University Chicago

Conference How-To: How to Write a Proposal

Loyola’s History Graduate Student Conference is an excellent way to meet emerging scholars in your field, get feedback from some of the best faculty in Chicago, and polish your presentation style.

We welcome graduate students that are seasoned pros on the conference circuit and those preparing to present for the first time.  Since one of the aims of a graduate conference is cooperative professional development, our conference blog will be posting a “how-to” series. Up first, of course:

How to Write a Conference Paper Proposal

  • Be concise! Briefly outline the historical and historiographical context for your work, and spend most of your wordcount describing your original contribution. Aim for 200-300 words. Dr. Karen offers a great formula for this here.
  • Be specific about primary sources you will discuss; you want your readers to know you’re presenting original research, not a historiography!
  • Our conference does not have a specific theme, but Loyola HGSA asks that you situate your presentation within up to three historical subjects. This will help us create vibrant panels with complementary presentations.
  • Ask someone who is not in your field or sub-field to read your abstract. If it makes sense to them, it will make sense to us!

Some great links for further info:

The Professor is In

Grad Hacker 

Stay tuned for more in the how-to series!