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

November 30, 2018:  Scholars@ Hallwalls: Carole Emberton, "Not a Place but a Irrevocable Condition: Emancipation and the Meaning of Home Among Formerly Enslaved Americans"

Hosted by the Humanities Institute, Professor Carole Emberton's talk explores freedpeople's strugges to find, establish, and maintain a sense of home in the decades after emancipation in the nineteenth century.  In particular, she will explore the ways that the sites of enslavement—the plantation—continued to shape their understanding of self and family and provide them with a sense of rootedness and belonging despite (or perhaps because of) the historical traumas experienced there.  This talk will be at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center on Friday, November 30, from 4 pm to  6pm.  It is free and open to the public.   For more information, please visit the Humanities Center's event site. 

December 4, 2018: Brown Bag: Shuko Tamao

Join us Dec. 4, 2018 at 12:00 in Park 545 when Shuko Tamao, a PhD candidate, discusses the challenges and benefits to accessing sources which aren't in university archives and research centers. The Brown Bag series is co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Graduate History Association.


28th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference

March 8-9, 2019
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
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.


Tuesday, 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).


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