Call for Proposals: WHEATS 2014 at University of Kansas

RHN 119/2013 | Call

Department of History at the University of Kansas

7-9 February 2014, University of Kansas

Deadline: 15 November 2013


Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology and Science (WHEATS)

What is WHEATS?
The Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology and Science (WHEATS) began in 2004 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the goal of bringing together graduate students (or very recent PhDs, space permitting) from across the US and Canada who are studying the topics contained under its heading. Since then it has been successfully hosted at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia, Kansas State University, Mississippi State University, the University of Wisconsin, and University of Pennsylvania. While the workshop was originally designed for graduate students in historical disciplines, in recent years it has welcomed students from allied disciplines such as geography and anthropology who are doing work of a historical nature.

Participants receive feedback on pre-circulated papers from fellow students and senior scholars. The format is particularly suitable for the presentation of work in progress. Past participants have found the event to be extraordinarily helpful in refining their work, networking with colleagues, and building a cohort of scholars working on related themes. Now in its ninth year, the Workshop welcomes back its own alumni as discussants and speakers. WHEATS prides itself on its bootstrap ethos, and has remained, since its inception, an event put together by graduate students, for graduate students.

The University of Kansas is proudly hosting the 2014 WHEATS conference. KU has deep roots in environmental history and a strong tradition in interdisciplinary research that bridges the gap between the humanities and sciences.

Call for Proposals
The Department of History at the University of Kansas is pleased to be hosting WHEATS in Spring 2014. Now in its tenth year, the Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS) brings together graduate students studying the history of the environment, agriculture, science, or technology. WHEATS is open to submissions from any discipline with interests in these fields. Papers — generally 25-30 pages — are circulated in advance to all participants, and at the workshop papers receive feedback from participants and senior scholars through a roundtable discussion. This format is well suited for works in progress, and the workshop will have sessions on professional development as well as opportunities to meet and engage members of the environmental history community at KU.

Potential participants should submit a one-page abstract (200-250 words) and a short curriculum vitae by November 15, 2013.

Please submit your proposal here.