KICD Grad Conference Call-for-Papers: “The Long Atlantic World, 1500-2000” (Deadline Extended to Jan. 31)

Submissions are currently open for the second annual Kinder Institute Graduate Student Conference, which will be organized this year around the theme of “The Long Atlantic World, 1500-200” (see below for more information). The conference will be held on April 25, 2020, in the Kinder Institute offices in Jesse Hall, and submissions, which include a 300-word abstract and a two-page C.V., are due January 31, 2020. See the call-for-papers link below for any additional information.

While the Atlantic World has become vaster in its geographic and demographic scopes, it has remained temporally restricted between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. At the same time, scholars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have become more appreciative of the trans-national dimensions of empire and nation building. Yet, despite similar questions and methods of analysis, these two fields have not been in significant conversation with each other. How might a longer view of the Atlantic World, one that penetrates beyond the Age of Revolutions, look?

The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri invites graduate students of history, political science, and law to submit proposals for our second annual Kinder Institute Graduate Conference. This is an interdisciplinary conference that seeks to bring together scholars interested in the aspects of Atlantic and trans-national studies. Papers are encouraged to consider a temporal expansion of the Atlantic World that goes outside typical periodization and embraces a trans-national approach, but papers may also conform to a more standard focus. Preference will be given to full panels that are diverse and interdisciplinary, although individual papers are welcome. Topics to consider are:

Empire & Nation Building

Constitutional Development


Race & Slavery

Women, Gender, & Sexuality


Science, Medicine, & Technology

Material Culture

Commerce & Commodification

Papers should be twenty minutes in length. Submissions should include a 300-word abstract of the paper and a 2-page curriculum vitae for each panelist. Audio/visual available. Please email your submissions to Jordan Pellerito and Joseph Ross at by January 15, 2020. Acceptances will be announced in February.