October 17-20, 2018: San Antonio, Texas
View details about the 2018 WHA Conference in San Antonio here! Below is the 2018 Call for Papers, the 2018 Program Committee and Co-Chairs, and the 2018 Local Arrangements Committee and Co-Chairs. More on the conference, including information on advertising, sponsoring, exhibiting, tours, registration, and travel accommodations is forthcoming in early 2018.
2018 Conference President: Donald L. Fixico
Born and raised in Oklahoma, I am Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Mvskoke Creek and Seminole. I started at Bacone Jr. College, then transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where I earned a BA, MA and a Ph.D. in History. I am a first generation college graduate and the first high school graduate in my family. Presently, I am a Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, Distinguished Scholar of Sustainability in the Wrigley School of Sustainability, and Affiliate Faculty in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. My Mvskoke grandmother disliked laziness and she instilled a hard work ethic in me. A love for research and writing has led to faculty positions at four universities and visiting professorships at seven universities (including University of Nottingham in England and the Frei University in Berlin, Germany). I learned a lot from postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and The Newberry Library in Chicago. Good fortune has allowed me to work with more than two dozen master’s and doctoral students. Over the years, I have worked on 20 historical documentaries, and I am the author and editor of fifteen books. The most recent ones are “That’s What They Used To Say”: Reflections on American Indian Oral Traditions (2017), and an edited volume, Indian Treaties in the United States (2018). In 2000, President Clinton appointed me to the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities. I have been a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians since 2002. In 2010, I received a National Museum of the American Indian Award of Achievement in History and Education. I have lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada, China, Japan, Germany, England, Finland, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands. When I changed from a chemical engineer major to history as an undergraduate, I wanted a better understanding of Indians, our histories and cultures. I learned to build bridges of understanding and as one of the few Indian doctoral students in History during the late 1970s, I found the Western History Association welcoming and many western historians encouraged me. Since then I have dedicated my career to advance the understanding of American Indians, all people of color, and the West that I am a part of. The Western History Association is an organization where you can just be yourself. The WHA is like a family to me and my best friends are western historians.
2018 Call for Papers
58th Annual Western History Association Conference
San Antonio, Texas
October 17-20, 2018
2018 WHA President:
Donald L. Fixico, Arizona State University
Re-imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West
From October1 7-20, 2018 the Western History Association will meet in San Antonio, Texas and the theme is “Reimagining Race and Ethnicity in the West.” The program committee invites papers and presentations that explore the historical origins, legacy, and construction of race and ethnicity in the North American West. We especially welcome panels that address the complex intersections of race, gender, class, and ethnicity from a variety of perspectives. Fundamental to histories of race and ethnicity are issues of authority, and considering recent events, this warrants a very timely and meaningful conference theme. Histories of race and ethnicities remain vital to any understanding of Western history. Social, cultural, and political movements have often prompted social change, reform, and the expansion of democracy. San Antonio, a city once steeped in Davy Crockett’s revolutionary spirit, is complicated by a history in which Tejanos, Mexicans, and Americans sacrificed their lives for independence. Originally, the Payaya Nation referred to this place as Yanaguana, or “refreshing waters.” Later, Spanish settlers changed the Indigenous name to San Antonio, after patron Saint Anthony of Padua, a Saint devoted to the recovery of lost items. San Antonio’s rich history is central to the conference theme. Throughout the centuries, this region has witnessed a collision of empires, numerous wars, and systems of colonization—a place known for its tragedies, victories, and second chances. As our host site for the 2018 WHA conference, San Antonio represents a place of convergence where historians can recover the significance and stories of how race and ethnicity transformed the West.
In addition to traditional paper sessions, we welcome submissions that integrate creative formats and seek to expand conference participation through invitations to scholars, teachers, students, and the public. We request full session submissions, and will consider individual papers. All panel submissions must designate one person as their main contact. The program committee assumes that every presenter listed in a proposed session has consented to participate in the conference.
For all proposals, panel or individual, each presenter must include the following:
2018 Program Committee
WHA 2018 Program Committee Co-Chairs
Kent Blansett, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Farina King, Northeastern State University
WHA 2018 Program Committee
2018 Local Arrangements Committee
WHA 2018 Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs
Brian S Collier, University of Notre Dame
Billy Kiser, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
WHA 2018 Local Arrangements Committee
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