Upcoming Events

As a department, we're committed to hosting scholars from other institutions, sharing our work with one another and discussing history with the public. We hope you'll join us for one of our upcoming events. 

Department Events

January 14-18, 2019: Graduate Student Writing Retreat
9 am- 3 pm Park 532

The History Department's first annual Graduate Student Writing Retreat will allow graduate students of any level to work on research, writing, and any other project they need to get ahead on.

January 31, 2019: Brown Bag: Decoding the Mark Diamond
Noon in Park 545

The Mark Diamond Research Fund provides research funding for MA Students and PhD Candidates alike.  Join Mark Diamond Director Jennifer Schechter along with Doctoral Candidates Shuko Tamao and Elisabeth Davis as they discuss how to write a successful Mark Diamond Research Grant application.

Februrary 1, 2019: “Use poison to attack poison: Medicine, illness, and society in early imperial China”
4 pm at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue

Dr. Yan Liu will give a talk hosted by the Humanities Institute.  His abstract as follows:

How does medicine help us understand society? Using Chinese medicine as an example, my talk shows the conception of illness and the therapeutic rationale of deploying poisons in first-millennium China. Liu identifies a striking parallel: Just like doctors’ use of potent drugs to eliminate malign entities out of a physical body, the state established stringent policies to expel poisoners, especially women poisoners, to remedy a social body. The medical use of poisons in China, therefore, reveals the far-reaching repercussions of the ideas of illness and therapy in social imagination and political ruling. 

Please see the Humanities Institute's Scholars@Hallwalls for more details. 

February 28, 2019: Brown Bag: Applying for Funding
Noon in Park 545

Ever wonder how to apply for a grant, a fellowship, or any form of external funding? Join Professor David Herzberg as he gives tips and advice on how to write a successful funding application. 

March 8-9, 2019: 28th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference

Call for Papers

The Graduate History Association (GHA) of the University at Buffalo would like to place a call for
papers for the 28th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, to be held on March 8-9,
2019. Co-sponsored by the History Department, this conference enables graduate students
from across North America to share current research with fellow students and faculty members
from a variety of fields, including History, Political Science, Anthropology, Classics, English,
Comparative Literature, American Studies, Caribbean Studies, Transnational Studies,
Geography, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Religious Studies, and Urban Studies.
We seek original papers that analyze a wide range of historical topics, time periods, and places,
drawing from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. For the 28th Annual
Plesur Conference, we are especially seeking research that addresses the theme of
“(Im)material Culture: Identity and Agency in Commonplace Objects.” Broadly interpreted, this
theme seeks to bring historical perspective to issues related to the study of material culture and
the roles objects play in history. Work that employs multi-disciplinary approaches is especially
encouraged. As such, we will be accepting papers on a wide range of themes including but not

limited to:

-Fashion and Clothing in History
-Use of Objects in Religion
-Disability Studies
-Architecture and Urban Planning
-Medicine, Science, and Technology

-Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology
-Print Culture in History
-Museum Studies
-Popular Culture and Consumerism
-Economics, Trade, and Commerce

Proposal Instructions
Please send your proposal, consisting of a 250-word abstract (including main argument and
methodology), CV, school or other affiliation, and contact information to the drop box at
http://gsa.buffalo.edu/ubgha/milton-plesur-graduate-history-conference/cfp/ . Please contact
Victoria Nachreiner at ghaconference2019@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The deadline for paper proposals is January 15.

Accepted proposals will be notified by email in early February.
Non-UB students who have papers accepted by the program committee will be eligible to
request reimbursement for registration and some travel expenses when registering for the conference.


March 26, 2019:  “Mass Violence and New Media: Psychological Responses in France, 1550-1880”

The Early Modern Research Workshop presents Howard G. Brown, Binghamton University (SUNY)

2:00-3:00pm, Park 545:  Conversation with Graduate Students
3:30-5:00pm, Park 280:  “Mass Violence and New Media: Psychological Responses in France, 1550-1880”

Abstract: New visual and textual media, ranging from pamphlets and woodblock prints in the sixteenth century to illustrated newspapers and collodion photography in the nineteenth century, depicted personal suffering caused by various episodes of mass violence in France between the French Wars of Religion and the Paris Commune. These increasingly effective means of representation helped both to provoke repeated collective traumas and to foster the psychological processes of the modern self.

Howard G. Brown, Professor of History at Binghamton University (SUNY), is the author of the prize-winning Ending the French Revolution: Violence, Justice, and Repression from the Terror to Napoleon (2006), and Mass Violence and the Self: From the French Wars of Religion to the Paris Commune (2019).

March 28, 2019: Brown Bag: The Key to Publishing 
Noon in Park 545

What does it take to be published?  Doctoral candidate Marissa Rhodes and Professor Sarah Handley-Cousins discuss the tips for publishing your work, both as a graduate student and after you defend.

April 13, 2019: Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Open to undergraduate and MA students, UB is hosting this year's PAT  Western/Central New York Regional Meeting and Conference. Students may present research on any historical topic.  Papers should be no more than 10-12 double-spaced pages exclusive of footnotes, to be read in a maximum of 20-25 minutes.  See the Call for Papers for more information. 

April 26, 2019: Brown Bag: Non-Academic Careers
Noon in Park 545

Not all historians go into (or stay in) academia.  Join Professor Emeritus Mike Frisch as he discusses jobs outside of the academy. Professor Frisch’s  consulting firm Randforce Associates LLC focuses on digital indexing for oral history media; he is also co-founder of Talking Pictures LLC, developer of the new mobile app PixStori.


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