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Introduction
WithLawrence Abrams, Kaleb Knoblauch
Pages 6

In October 2015, we sat down with the leaders of the history department at UC Davis with a simple idea: develop a history conference that would bring together young scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields. While the conference would be rooted in historical study, it was meant from the outset to be inclusive of work in the social sciences, humanities, and STEM fields. It was our hope that the multidisciplinary approach would encourage collaboration among practitioners of different fields, and that this kind of conference would fill what we saw as a significant gap for young scholars to meet and exchange ideas with people well outside their specializations. At the time, such opportunities at the graduate level were sparse in our region. As it turned out, however, we vastly underestimated the demand for these kinds of multidisciplinary exchanges.