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Annual Conference

The Barnes Conference is one of the largest and longest running graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world.

The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University’s graduate student history organization, is pleased to announce the 29th Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference. The event will start with an Opening Plenary featuring:

  • Charlie Raboteau, an instructor with Scribe, a multimedia film studio in Philadelphia
  • Emily Margolis, PhD, a curator with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Ronald Granieri, PhD, the executive director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute
  • Sarah Winski, a Temple alum (BA ’04) and director of exhibits at the National Constitution Center

The Barnes Conference will be held Friday evening March 22nd and Saturday March 23th, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Temple University’s Center City Campus in downtown Philadelphia. The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world.

Proposals from students for individual papers or panels are welcome on any topic, time period, or approach to history. We welcome proposals that foreground public history and digital humanities, and are eager to work with applicants in these fields to facilitate their participation. Panels will include three or four paper presentations, running between fifteen and twenty minutes each, with comments and questions to follow.

Abstract proposals were due on January 31st. Final conference papers are due by Monday, March 4, 2024 if you wish to be considered for the awards, and Monday, March 11, 2024 is the final deadline for all other paper submissions. Papers should be no more than 15 double-spaced pages (excluding end notes).

We also welcome poster proposals from undergraduate students. This will be held during the day on Saturday. If you are an undergraduate student engaging in any kind of humanities or public history research, we highly encourage you to submit a proposal! Poster proposals are due by March 1, 2024.

At the conclusion of the conference, cash prizes will be awarded to the best papers in multiple scholarly categories. Of particular note is the Russell F. Weigley – U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation Award, a substantial award offered through the U.S. Army Heritage Center to the best paper in military history presented at the conference. We will also be presenting awards to the two best papers in American and World history. This committee is also proud to introduce the inaugural Undergraduate Scholar Award offered to the best paper or poster presented by an undergraduate student at the conference, and the Public History Scholar Award which will be presented to the best project or paper centered around public or digital history.

The registration fee is $50 for presenters. A continental breakfast, lunch, and pre- and post-conference receptions are included. Registration is free for all Barnes Club Members.
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The Barnes Conference is made possible by the following sponsors:

Temple University’s History Department

The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University

The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University

Society for Military History