The 27th Annual Milton Plesur Conference, March 16-17, 2018

Rediscovering Oceanus: Twenty-First Century Approaches to the Atlantic World

Keynote Address

We are thrilled to announced that our keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Robert Deal, author of The Law and of the Whale Hunt: Dispute Resolution, Property Law, and American Whalers, 1780-1880. 

Dr. Deal is an Associate Professor of History at Marshall University where he specializes in legal and environmental history and serves as Marshall’s Director of Graduate Studies.
After completing his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law, Dr. Deal earned his Ph.D. in history at Temple University. His participation at the forefront of the 2018 Plesur Conference highlights this year’s focus on interdisciplinary approaches to research, as well as a focus on the Atlantic World.


Milton Plesur Conference 2017

Changing Urban Landscapes: Shifts in Communities, Spaces and Identity

Friday, March 31, 2017

3:00-5:00 Keynote Address, Dr. Mauricio Tenorio, University of Chicago: “History and the Megalopolis”

Dr. Tenorio specializes in the cultural and social history of Mexican urbanism. His book Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea will be published next month.

6:00-8:30 Dinner at Brick House Tavern + Tap

 Saturday, April 1, 2017

To register, please e-mail by March 10.

8:30-9:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast, O’Brian Hall

9:30-11:15 Panel I

11:30-1:15 Panel II

1:15-2:45 Lunch, catered by the Westside Bazaar

3:00-4:45 Panel III

5:00-7:00 Roundtable Discussion with Faculty & Community

7:00-8:30 Reception, O’Brian Hall

The 2017 Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference is sponsored by : The UB Graduate Student Association, The UB History Department, The UB History Department Speakers Committee, and the GSA’s of the Classics and Comparative Literature Departments

CfP: Milton Plesur Conference 2017 – Changing Urban Landscapes

26th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference
March 31 – April 1, 2017



The Graduate History Association (GHA) of the University at Buffalo announces the 26th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference. This conference aims to enable graduate students and scholars 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 explore the currents of contemporary scholarship and analyze a wide range of historical topics, time periods, and geographic locations. Similarly, we encourage proposals that draw from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to enrich our conference’s exchange of ideas. This year, we are especially seeking research that addresses the theme of “Changing Urban Landscapes.” Broadly interpreted, this theme seeks to bring historical perspective to issues related but not limited to: urban migration, transportation, architecture, economic development and policy, immigrant and refugee populations, gentrification, public health, race, urban/rural dynamics, and the environment. We are pleased to announce that, in partnership with the University at Buffalo Department of History Speakers’ Committee, our 2017 Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Mauricio Tenorio, the Samuel N. Harper Professor of History at the University of Chicago as well as Profesor Asociado at the Centro de Investigación y Docenia Económicas in Mexico City. Dr. Tenorio earned his PhD in History from Stanford University, and his most recent publication is Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea.



Please send your proposal, consisting of a 250-word abstract (including main argument and methodology), curriculum vitae, school (or other) affiliation, and contact information to

The deadline for paper proposals is Monday, December 19, 2016.

Accepted proposals will be notified by e-mail in early January.