Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference

Each year, the GHA hosts the annual Milton Plesur Conference, a graduate conference named in honor of the late Milton Plesur, a distinguished professor of History who taught at the University at Buffalo from 1955 to 1987. The conference has no overarching theme, and all works of historical inquiry are considered, with no restrictions placed upon the themes, chronological periods, or general areas of study that the papers can cover. Like the GHA, the conference embraces interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history, and graduate students from a number of different disciplines have presented papers on a wide variety of historical topics since the conference was first held on April 15, 1993.

Each year, the GHA also invites a prominent historian to give a keynote presentation, with past presenters including Barbara Krauthamer (2013), Paul Deslandes (2012), Jelani Cobb (2011), Jon Sensbach (2010), Susan Myers-Shirk (2009), Nan Enstad (2008), Penny Von Eschen (2007), Victoria De Grazia (2006), Hasia Diner (2005), Matthew Guterl (2004), David Thelen (2003), Joseph A. McCartin (2002), and Volker R. Berhahn (2001).

Graduate students from all disciplines and universities are encourage to submit paper proposals.

2014 Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference

The 23th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference

University at Buffalo
The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY
April 5, 2014
Student Union

The University at Buffalo Graduate History Association (GHA) would like to place a call for papers for the twenty-third annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association, the History Department, and graduate student groups from the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Plesur conference has provided an opportunity for M.A. and Ph.D. students across the United States and Canada to present original research in history and related fields for over two decades. The GHA is proud to continue the tradition of supporting graduate student research in a collegiate forum.

This year we are pleased to welcome Dr. Erin K. Rowe, Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, who will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Rowe’s address is titled “How Can a Black Man Be a Saint?: Constructing Black Sanctity in Early Modern Global Catholicism,” and investigates the rise and circulation of devotion to sub-Saharan African saints in the early modern Catholic world.

We would like to encourage individuals to submit papers that would complement Dr. Rowe’s work, though we will be accepting papers on a wide range of themes and topics including, but not limited to: History and Historiography; Race, Ethnicity, and Identity; Public Memory and Commemoration; Migration and Diaspora; Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; Science, Medicine, and Technology; Religion and Society; Sovereignty and the State; Popular Culture and Consumerism; Public History and Education; Empire and Nation; Intellectual History; Work, Class, and Community; Urban, Rural, and Environmental.

Applicants are invited to submit 250-300 word proposals for individual papers, or panels of three papers. Submissions should be accompanied by an updated C.V. The priority deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014. The final deadline is February 15, 2014. Email your proposal and C.V. to Josh Schroeder at

Click here to view the 2014 Milton Plesur Graduate Conference call for papers (PDF)

Past Conferences

Click here to view the 2012 Milton Plesur Graduate Conference call for papers (PDF)

Click here to view the schedule for the 2011 conference (PDF)

Click here to download the 2010 Milton Plesur Graduate Conference call for papers (PDF)

Click here to view the schedule for the 2010 conference (PDF)