The 11th Annual Graduate History Conference on Power and Struggle went off last weekend without a hitch. On Friday night, Dr. Vanessa Holden, of the University of Kentucky, delivered a keynote address on accessing tight-knit communities as an outsider, especially when the subject surrounding such communal closeness is wrought with contention. Her talk on the Southampton Rebellion framed through her own experiences provided non-specialists and specialists alike with insight into on-the-ground research, which set the tone for Saturday’s panels.
Graduate students from across the country came to present their research on Saturday. The panels featured papers on the politics of white supremacy, women as political players, stereotypes, and murderers, the connections between religion and resistance, and the interactions between Mexican and Spanish peoples in colonial Central America. The wide variety of research demonstrated the encompassing nature of the conference for fields, interests, and positions. From first-year graduate students to ABD students, the Conference on Power and Struggle continues to provide a welcoming space to share research.