2019: Las Vegas

"What happens in the West doesn't stay in the West"

59th Annual WHA Conference

October 16-19, 2019, Westgate Las Vegas

Call for Papers

Deadline: December 1, 2018

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… or so boosters tell us in their efforts to draw the nation and the world to the North America West. For its 2019 meeting, the Western History Association explores a more accurate twist on this slogan, seeking to highlight the connections between western history and the histories and historiographies of other parts of the nation, continent, and world. We welcome paper and panel proposals from western historians who are interested in making connections between the West and other places, exploring how regional histories can inform larger historical narratives. We also welcome submissions from scholars who may not think of themselves as western historians but who wish to explore how their work -- on migration, expansion, capitalism, climate change, Pacific Worlds, or any number of other topics -- might inform and shape western history. We likewise seek submissions from historians in all fields who have been influenced by the scholarship of western historians working with Indigenous peoples or in fields such as borderlands, the environment, or race and ethnicity. Finally, we encourage submissions that explore the cultural history of the American West and query the very idea of regional culture – and regional history -- in a global age. In addition to traditional paper sessions, we welcome submissions that integrate creative formats and seek to expand conference participation by including public historians, writers, teachers, students, and the public.

The 2019 Program Committee, Co-Chaired by Rachel St. John and Josh Reid, requests full session submissions, but will consider individual papers. All submissions are due December 1, 2018. Further details about the submission process will be available on the WHA website (www.westernhistory.org/2019) in March 2018. The WHA is hosted on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and benefits from the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences and Department of History. Please visit the WHA website for more information on membership, awards, sponsorships, and future events. 

2019 Program Committee


WHA 2019 Program Committee Co-Chairs

Joshua Reid, University of Washington

Rachel St. John, University of California, Davis

WHA 2019 Program Committee Members

Juliana Barr
Gerry Cadava
Josh Garrett Davis
Tiffany Gonzalez
Trini Gonzalez
Maria John
Khalil Johnson
Jacob Lee
Patty Limerick
Malinda Lowery
John Lutz
Christian McMillen
Rebecca Scofield
Tyina Steptoe
Tammy Venit-Shelton

2019 Local Arrangements Committee

WHA 2019 Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs

William Bauer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Michael Green, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Andy Kirk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sponsors and Partners

The WHA is hosted on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and benefits from the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Western History Association | University of Nebraska at Omaha | Department of History | 6001 Dodge Street | Omaha, NE 68182 | 

| (402) 554-5999 | westernhistoryassociation@gmail.com

The Western History Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.