The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University’s graduate student history organization, is pleased to announce the Twenty-First Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference.

The Barnes Club Conference will be held Friday evening March 18 and Saturday March 19, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Temple’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 graduate students for individual papers or panels are welcome on any topic, time period, or approach to history.  We welcome proposals that foreground public history. Panels will include two or three paper presentations, running roughly twenty minutes each, with comment and questions to follow. 

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 stipend offered through the U.S. Army Heritage Center to the best paper in military history presented at the conference.

Please submit a 150-300 word abstract that outlines your original research and a current C.V. to no later than January 22, 2016.


The registration fee is $45 for presenters and attendees.  A continental breakfast, lunch, and pre- and post-conference receptions are included. 


***The Rutgers Camden Graduate Program in History will pay the registration fee for all of our graduate students presenting papers at the conference.