Leo Reynolds

Call For Papers

Primary texts – be they oral, pictorial, written, physical or material culture – are the historian's materials for reconstructing the past. This conference invites papers dealing with the reading and interpretation of unusual primary sources, the hearing of unexpected historical voices, and the re-appropriation of these voices within our own work. Likewise, we encourage participants to think self-consciously about their role(s) in constructing and shaping discourses, and as such, interacting and engaging with the voices of the past. In addition, we hope to attract participants whose historical subjects are aware of, and engage with, their own place in historical memory.

From the testimonies of tortured so-called "heretics" during the Mexican Inquisition, to the vampire-rich discourses of oral histories recorded in Central and East Postcolonial Africa, to the subversive subtexts embedded in late Soviet-era Latvian rock lyrics, the primary sources of historians have often been crafted in order to voice specific objectives, on the part of the creators of these texts – be it consciously or unconsciously. The ways in which authors have creatively combined, altered, edited and intertwined their texts with dominant narratives in order to tell their stories have shaped our understanding of history.

The Graduate History Society (GHS) of the Department of History of the University of Toronto is pleased to accept paper and panel proposals for the Seventh Annual Graduate History Symposium (AGHS), to be held February 4-5, 2011. We invite papers engaging with the following themes:

  • The multiplicity of voices in historical texts
  • The search for "silenced" voices
  • The crafting of history "from below"
  • Exploration of editing processes on the part of the creators of historical texts
  • Expressions of creativity in the writing of primary sources
  • Memory and the creation of historical narratives
  • Locating representations of the past with/in texts
  • Gender, sexuality and text creation
  • The use of historical "grand narratives"
  • New World literacies
  • Post-colonial theory
  • History and pedagogy

We invite participants from various disciplines who wish to experiment with/in text.

Please submit a 250 word proposal and a short biographical sketch by email at aghs@utoronto.ca by December 1, 2010. Successful submissions will be notified by mid-December. For more information, please visit http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/gradhistsymp/AGHS7/.