EXTENDED: Call for Papers for York’s New Frontiers Conference

New Frontiers

Graduate History Conference

York University, Toronto ON

February 23-25, 2017

Call for Papers

 We are seeking proposals for the twenty-first annual New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference. We encourage papers from a wide range of national, regional, thematic, and methodological backgrounds. New Frontiers is an excellent opportunity for both MA and PhD students in history and related fields to present papers to colleagues from across Canada and the United States. We will be accepting papers on any geographic location and on a wide range of themes and topics including but not limited to:


History and Theory

Public Memory and Commemoration

Law, Politics, and Protest

Science, Medicine, Technology and Environment

Sovereignty and the State

Religion and Society

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit

Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

Gender, Sexuality, and the Body

Empire and Nation

Popular Culture and Consumerism

Migration and Diaspora

Work, Class, and Community


            Applicants are invited to submit 250 word proposals for individual papers or panels of either two or three papers. Submissions must be accompanied by a short biographical statement and email contact information. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Please direct submissions to:


Cristiana Conti, Caroline Butt & Joanna Pearce

via Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/6zT2DugfsAzXUEFC2

For general inquiries: yorknewfrontiers@gmail.com

Website: https://yorknewfrontiers.wordpress.com/

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker this year will be Dr. Eric Cline. Dr. Cline will be delivering the following keynote:

Raiders of the Faux Ark: Aliens, Archaeologists, and the Media

The amount of pseudo-scientific nonsense concerning the locations of places like the Garden of Eden, Sodom and Gomorrah, Atlantis, and the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant is overwhelming. The same goes for explanations regarding the Nazca Lines in Peru, the pyramids in Egypt, Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, and anything that could possibly have been built by aliens. The vast majority of this work has not been produced by professional scholars, but by amateur enthusiasts practicing what amounts to “junk science,” which “advocates a cause, pays little attention to the investigative process, ignores contrary evidence, and advertises a high moral purpose.” And yet, the public in general, and the media in particular, greet each new announcement breathlessly. The original claim is often widely disseminated, especially on the Internet these days, while the subsequent debunking by archaeologists and ancient historians receives almost no press whatsoever. The question of what can be done about this, and the best way to counter such pseudo-scientific claims, including actively working with the media, remains unanswered despite attempts made over the course of the past decade. A future course of action should be decided upon and put into place.


Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, in Washington DC

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