San Antonio Conference Program
The Conference Program for the 58th Annual WHA Conference is available below. Please select the cover image to view "Re-Imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West." Note that registration for the conference is now open, and hotel reservations for the WHA room block at the Hyatt Regency are open until filled. Your printed program will arrive in the mail toward the end of July.
You can view the program through "issue"--an online publications site--or by clicking below on the pdf file.
For more information on the 2018 tours, visit the Local Arrangements page
WHA 2018 Program Committee Co-Chairs
Kent Blansett, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Farina King, Northeastern State University
Erika M. Bsumek, University of Texas-Austin
Quin'Nita Cobbins, University of Washington
B. Erin Cole, Minnesota Historical Society
Sandra Enríquez, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Jason Heppler, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Robert (Bob) F. Jefferson, Jr., University of New Mexico
Laura K. Muñoz, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Keith Carlson, University of Saskatchewan
Joshua Reid, University of Washington
Brent Rogers, Joseph Smith Papers
Gregory E. Smoak, University of Utah
Brianna Theobald, University of Rochester
Lindsey Passenger Wieck, St. Mary's University-San Antonio
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:
| 1. Cover page with contact information of session organizer, title of proposed session, list of participants (with affiliations), and AV equipment needs|
| 2. For all proposals, panel or individual, each presenter must
include a one paragraph abstract outlining the purpose and title of proposed paper. Panel submissions also require a 250-word abstract
outlining the purpose and title of their proposed session.|
| 3. One-page c.v. of each participant in the proposed session|
| 4. If desired and applicable, individuals are invited to indicate their tribal affiliation(s)|
The Western History Association is now accepting submissions for a Poster Session. The poster session is open to all. From high school students to graduate students, faculty, public historians, and independent historians. Awards will be given for best high school, undergraduate, and graduate student posters. More information can be found here.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday May 15, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
Any questions should be directed towards Dr. Lindsey Passenger Wieck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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