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CONFERENCE Announcement and CALL FOR PAPERS: Western History Association (Salt Lake City, Oct. 22-25; Denver, Oct. 7-10, 2009 [submission deadline Sept. 1, 2008])

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The Western History Association website is located here.

Conference information, including online registration is located here. A little confusing: click on the images.

The 2008 call for papers is located below for more information on the Salt Lake CIty meeting.

2009 CALL FOR PAPERS

49th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WESTERN HISTORY ASSOCIATION
DENVER, COLORADO, OCTOBER 7-10, 2009

WIRED WEST

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2008
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The program committee for the WHA 2009 annual meeting invites papers on the theme of Wired West.

Wire conducts and symbolizes western history. We seek papers that explore the development and interconnection of the North American West, a region divided by barbed wire and border wire and yet one of the first whose sub-regions were united by telegraph, telephone, electric line, and fiber optic cable.

We are interested in the wiring of the world to the West metaphorically and materially. No country in any part of the world is untouched by what happens in the western provinces of North America. Western industries in mine, ranch, farm, and forest, Hollywood and dude ranch, Silicon Valley, Denver, and elsewhere, have drawn immigrants, generated exports, and reconfigured the world’s economies, cultures, and politics. So the world has been wired west, constantly rebuilt, retooled, and rejiggered to accommodate the realities of the rapidly growing and changing region.

Our interests encompass the changing relations of western peoples with the earth, from which wire itself is made, and over which western peoples have fought to determine how best to live. We are equally compelled by the social and cultural wiring of the West— the struggles of natives and immigrants for justice, equity, and autonomy, of women and men to understand sexual, racial, ethnic, and class identity and connections from the most intimate human bonds to the most formal relations, and the constant effort to make and re-make the good society.

We encourage innovative presentations, including performances, workshops or moderated discussions. Submissions may be for an entire session, a panel discussion, or an individual paper. When submitting an entire session, include an abstract that outlines the purpose of the session, if any, and designate one panelist or participant as the contact person. Each paper proposal, whether individual or part of a session, should include a one-page abstract and a one page c.v., including the address, phone, and email address for each participant. Indicate equipment needs, if any. The committee will assume that all listed individuals have agreed to participate. Send all program submission materials to Colleen O’Neill either electronically: colleen.oneill@usu.edu or by mail service: Colleen O’Neill, History Department, Utah State University, 0710 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322-0710. Submissions should be postmarked by September 1, 2008.

2008 Call for Proposals

48th Annual Conference of the Western History Association
Salt Lake City, Utah, October 22-25, 2008
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2007

“Risky Business”

Western history is filled with risky propositions. It’s not easy to join a wagon train, or hop a freighter, or brave a wide desert. It takes guts to come out to your parents, or give birth on the side of the trail, or spend a day digging a well. Indeed, the West, past and present, is filled with individuals and communities who have taken risks. The Western History Association itself, surveys say, is at a moment of decision. Poised, it stands mature and self-possessed at the edge of change, while a next generation waits ambivalently, with both old-timers and next-wavers unsure whether to cast their lot with our motley crew.

On October 22-25, 2008, the Western History Association will gather in Salt Lake City for its 48th Annual Conference. Salt Lake City is a welcome venue for both this talk of risk and for risky talk. Carving a new mountain home for generations of faithful is surely a chancy endeavor, not to mention the grit required to journey thousands of miles from one’s birthplace to pound railroad stakes for a living. The city is also well-known, of course, for its winter sports, short-term perils of downhill racers and long-term threats to stable mountaintops. The city too is poised, as newcomers from Latin America and the Pacific Islands mingle and mix with the long-settled, queer and straight alike.

To explore further the risky businesses of Western history, the 2008 program committee solicits proposals for sessions that themselves seek to re-imagine and re-invent the standard conference format. Possible sessions could follow new formats that give fresh legs to the faltering three-paper standard. Workshops could belly up to a range of topics: the perils of public history; the pitfalls of peer review; the problems and pleasures of crossing disciplines; books we couldn’t, and could, do without; museum exhibits we would like to see funded, movies we’d like to make. Other sessions could consider a variety of media — such as essays, web pages, dissertation chapters, K-12 teaching materials, music, public history projects, fiction, or short films—that might be pre-posted electronically and made available through the WHA website. Given the vitality of Asian American history and the history of Pacific Islanders, we are especially eager to receive sessions and individual papers examining the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience in the West.

Submissions may be for an entire session, a panel discussion, or an individual paper. When submitting an entire session, include an abstract that outlines the purpose of the session, and designate one panelist or participant as the contact person. Each paper proposal, whether individual or part of a session, should include a one-page abstract and a one page c.v. including the address, phone, and email address for each participant. The committee will assume that all listed individuals have agreed to participate. Send all program submission materials to: Karen Merrill, Department of History, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267 (kmerrill@williams.edu). Submissions should be postmarked by 31 August 2007.

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