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Penn GSSPF Call for Papers

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The Origins of the Twenty-First Century:
People, Policies, Politics

This year’s Graduate Social Science Policy Forum aims to historicize the roots of the twenty-first century. Historical inquiry is indispensable to making sense of the burning questions facing our present conjuncture. We hope to bring young scholars together in an ongoing dialogue about how, why, and when the twenty-first century began to take shape.

We welcome papers, by students from all disciplines, that use historical inquiry as a means to shed light on the social, political, and economic transformations of our time. By historical inquiry, we mean both the use of historical material, including archives, data sets, and artifacts, as well as a broadly historical approach that contextualizes and critically reconstructs the contingent trajectories of those objects in order to trace change over time.

We are looking, in particular, for papers that focus on this year’s theme of People, Policies, and Politics, from any part of the world, as a way of illuminating major features of the twenty-first century. Possible topics include but are not limited to: transformations in political discourse, government policy, political economy, the nation-state, demographics, urban space, social movements, immigration, international finance, and war.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to by September 30, 2013.

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