Call for Papers

The University of Pennsylvania Law School, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the Georgetown Institute for Global History are jointly sponsoring a conference, "Bloody Days: Massacres in Comparative Perspective," to be held at the McNeil Center in Philadelphia on June 23-24, 2011. Psychologists and sociologists have studied and theorized massacres, but there is no comparable body of work by historians. "Bloody Days" hopes to give some coherence and depth to the historical study of such outbreaks of violence by bringing together scholars and scholarship in a conference dedicated to presentation of work on massacres across time and space. Scholars who work on all periods and all parts of the world are urged to apply. The conference will feature a keynote address by Karl Jacoby of Brown University. Papers of no more than 25 pages in length will be precirculated to all conference participants. Accepted papers will be due on May 15, 2011.

The conference will provide housing for one night to those who need it and will defray modest travel expenses. Interested scholars, especially but not only those early in their careers, are encouraged to submit proposals of no more than 500 words, together with a short CV, to Alison Games ( by December 15. If you have questions, please get in touch with the conference organizers, Alison Games of Georgetown University ( or Sally Gordon of the University of Pennsylvania (