Fashioning People: Memory, Identity, and Consumption

Fashioning People: Memory, Identity, and Consumption

Keynote Speaker: Catherine E. Kelly, University of Oklahoma

The Eighth Annual Graduate Conference
Hosted by the Graduate History Society at the University of Rochester
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Call for Papers:

The fashioning of memory, identity, and consumption is fundamental to how humans make sense of themselves, their place in the world, and their relationship to things material, both natural and artificial.  Those three themes provide the focus for this conference, and the following descriptions are not exhaustive but are suggested as possible topics:

  • Memory
    • The construction of human narratives
    • The interaction between public and private commemoration


  • Identity
    • The performance of the self
    • The formation of communities


  • Consumption
    • The acquisition and use of material goods
    • The sensory perception and evaluation of culture


We invite both historical and interdisciplinary perspectives.  Proposals for additional panels are welcome and may be crafted based upon the nature of the submissions.


Guidelines: Submissions should be directed to  They must include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, proposal title, proposal abstract (limit 250 words), either a short biography (limit 100 words) or single-page CV, and any necessary audio/visual or physical accommodations

Any inquiries may be sent to

Deadline for Submission: November 30, 2016

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