Communites of New York

November 19 & 20, 2015
University at Albany, SUNY

Sponsored by:

The UAlbany
Department of History &
History Graduate
Student Organization

The New York State Archives Partnership Trust

With additional support from:

M.E. Grenander Special Collections &Archives,
University Libraries

The College of Arts & Sciences

The Office for Research


(518) 442-5431










people of new york


Call for Papers

The organizers of Researching New York 2015 invite proposals for presentations on any aspect of New York State history —in any time period and from any perspective.The conference meets annually in November, bringing together historians, archivists, public historians, graduate students, museum curators, teachers, documentarians, and more to share their work on New York State history.

We also encourage proposals that explore the diverse communities of New York—their histories and how they are gathered, preserved, and presented— whether considering the question of “what is a community?” or the experiences of specific communities. Communities are often defined by geographic or physical location; however, they may also include, or transcend, communities drawn together by shared cultural, political, religious, ethnic, racial, or gender identities and shared experiences. From the earliest Native Americans of New York to the virtual communities of today; how they have evolved, worked together, or challenged each other has shaped New York history. How individuals, both notable historical actors and average citizens, have navigated, often multiple, communities has influenced their accomplishments as well. How do these understandings inform the history of New York State, not only telling the stories of the past, but also helping to engage with the communities of today?

Proposals are due July 19, 2015. Complete panels, workshops, media presentations, or full sessions are preferred; partial panels and individual submissions will be considered whenever possible. Please submit a summary of your session, including a brief abstract and curriculum vita for each panel participant. Individual submissions should include a one-page abstract and one-page vita. Submissions must include name, address, and e-mail address. All proposals must include all anticipated audiovisual needs and any potential time constraints. Please submit your proposal as an attachment via e-mail to

We also seek commentators for panels. Please indicate your interest by contacting us at, noting your area of expertise, along with a one-page vita.

For further information-- if you have questions or comments, please contact us at We look forward to your participation at this year's Conference.

Researching New York | Department of History | New York State Archives Partnership Trust

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