Call for Papers (CFP) Announcement

Image, Truth and Distortion
The Third Annual Graduate Conference
Hosted by the Graduate History Society
At the University of Rochester

Saturday, February 25, 2012

We are pleased to announce the Third Annual Graduate Conference, hosted by the Graduate History Society, at the University of Rochester. The theme for this year’s conference is “Image, Truth, and Distortion.” We invite proposals from graduate students of all disciplines which examine the complex and highly contested relationship between the image, in all of its various manifestations, and the concept of truth. The term “image” is broadly construed: images from any time period and of every variety from political cartoons to frescoes to digital photography, as well as literary, biographical, metaphorical or mental images, are acceptable subjects of investigation.  Ideal submissions should explore the ways in which images have been used throughout history to reflect, refract, or even reinvent truth in regards to people, events, ideas, movements, cultures, or time periods, as well as how these images  have been embraced or contested. More broadly, submissions should ultimately address the limits of our ability to comprehend and communicate truth as well as the ways in which interpretations of “truth” can be claimed, distorted or imposed on others.

The conference will consist 3-4 paper sessions on Saturday, February 25, 2012 as well as a keynote address (details to follow). We invite graduate students to submit abstracts of approximately 250 words, contact information, and a brief biography. All proposals must be submitted by December 9, 2011. Please submit all information via our website at

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