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History Graduate
Student Association
2024 Conference

Identity in Historical Perspective

April 6th, 2024
Chitwood Hall on WVU Downtown Campus

The History Graduate Student Conference is sponsored by the WVU History Department and the Senator Rush D. Holt Endowment

Identity is a complex and dynamic concept that has played a crucial role in shaping human societies across time and space. This conference seeks to examine how identities have been constructed, negotiated, and contested throughout history.

The West Virginia University History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) invites scholars, both graduate and undergraduate alike, to explore the various ways in which individuals and communities have defined themselves and others, considering the impact of factors such as culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, class, nationality, and more.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtable discussions that engage with the conference theme. Submissions should include an abstract (300 words max) outlining the proposed presentation covering the topic, theme, and connection to the conference theme, along with a brief biography of the presenter(s). Proposals must be submitted by March 8th, 2024. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate cohesion, originality, and compatibility with the theme.

Please fill out the Submission & Registration Form  which will open January 15th.

Submission and Conference Timeline:

  • Submission Form Open: January 15th
  • Submission Deadline: March 8th
  • Conference: April 6th

Contact Information

For inquiries, please contact Maxwell Abbott at or Ella Dubendorfer at Visit our Conference Staff page to meet our team.


Your support will ensure the continuation of this important research opportunity for our graduate and undergraduate students. To donate, visit GiveWVU and under What would you like your donation to support? select the option for  "Department of History Chair's Operations - 2V239".

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