This article originally appeared on the New York State History and Education Conference website.
Innovative, accessible, and inclusive history research and education have never been more relevant than in our current moment. History has a critical role to play in leadership, decision-making, policy, civics education, justice work, and community life. Yet, historians and educators face an increasingly challenging landscape in which politicians and pundits seek to limit open discourse and critical interrogation of many aspects of the past. The conference theme— “History Fights Back”—tackles this situation head on, creating spaces for lively discussion and dialogue on the ways in which historians and educators of all backgrounds can make their voices heard and stand up for well-researched and inclusive historical narratives.
We welcome proposals from all history practitioners and educators that address the diverse history of New York State. We especially welcome proposals that feature Indigenous histories and voices.
We strongly urge participants not to read papers. Instead, sessions that adopt a variety of formats—such as roundtable discussions, workshops, performances, and interactive activities—are encouraged. An important objective is to generate dialogue and authentic engagement among conference participants. We invite substantive exchanges and creative re-imaginings of the standard conference formats. Read more...