CFP: Association for Gravestone Studies 45th Annual Conference

The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles as well as the larger cemetery as a cultural landscape. Through its publications, conferences, workshops and exhibits, AGS promotes the study of gravestones and cemeteries from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones and historic cemeteries.  

The annual conference, to be held in person June 20-25, 2023 in Denver, Colorado at the University of Denver, features lectures, guided cemetery tours, paper sessions, roundtables, exhibits, classes, and documentation and conservation workshops.  The Association for Gravestone Studies welcomes proposals from graduate students, emerging and independent scholars, as well as established scholars and members of the Association.  Presenters are strongly encouraged to use images in their talks.  The AGS conference audience is a diverse mix of academics and members of various professions.  Scholars come from the fields of history, archaeology, cultural studies, archives, historic preservation, cultural resources management, art history, material culture, anthropology, and art.  Professionals include conservators, cemetery directors, monument company personnel, and historic site managers.  The call for papers is available on the AGS website at

We are accepting applications for general paper and workshop proposals through April 1, 2023 at  All paper presentations visuals should be formatted as PowerPoint-compatible projection files.

Applications are open until April 15, 2023 for the Slater Scholarship and Stockton Scholarship – both of which are for students to present their research during the conference. Application Here.

Contact Info: 

Perky Beisel, AGS Vice President and 2023 Conference Co-Organizer, professor of History, Stephen F. Austin State University, 

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