Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: April 24, 2021

The graduate students of the History Department at the University of Colorado Boulder are pleased to announce the twenty-second annual Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference. 

This academic conference provides an opportunity for students to present papers, gain experience in public speaking, and attend a professional development panel.  First-time presenters are especially encouraged to participate.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s conference will be entirely virtual, and will be based around the themes of Historical Perspectives on Conflict, Crisis, and Change.

Please apply at:

Complete the submission form and upload a one-page abstract of the paper and a current CV (all files should be uploaded in .pdf). The abstract should clearly express an original argument rooted in extensive primary source research.

Papers that address these themes might include, but are not limited to, political or national conflicts, historiographical or methodological disagreement, contested elections, periods of transition, or interpersonal conflict.

We welcome submissions with a historical element from graduate students working in any discipline. Exceptional undergraduate papers will be considered.  Past participants have come from fields as diverse as history, political science, economics, cultural studies, philosophy, comparative literature, film, art history, religious studies, anthropology, women and gender studies, geography, ethnic studies, and theatre.  



Every paper will receive commentary by another graduate student, and a faculty member will moderate each panel session. Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.



Presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, thus papers should be 8 pages in length, not including endnotes and bibliography.

There will be a small monetary award for the best conference paper.


Phoebe S. K. Young, University of Colorado Boulder

On her new work: Camping Grounds: Public Nature in America from the Civil War to the Occupy Movement 


‘Teaching the Controversy’

A discussion around methodologies of teaching controversial or difficult topics in History.