The WHA is excited to announce that it received an unprecedented number of full conference sessions and individual abstracts for the 2024 Conference in Kansas City!
2024 PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS
2024 PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Genevieve Carpio, University of California, Los Angeles
Elizabeth Ellis, Princeton University
Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis
Amanda Cobb-Greetham, University of Oklahoma
Alejandra Dubcovsky, University of California, Riverside
Rudy Guevarra, Arizona State University
Maria Esther Hammack, The Ohio State University
Sonia Hernández, Texas A&M University
Adria L. Imada, University of California, Irvine
Mark Johnson, University of Notre Dame
Modupe Labode, National Museum of American History
Celeste Menchaca, University of Southern California
Brianna Tafolla Rivière, University of California, Davis
Camille Suarez, California State University, Los Angeles
Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia
Marques Vestal, University of California, Los Angeles
2024 CALL FOR PAPERS
64th Annual Conference Call for Papers
October 23-26, 2024 (Wednesday-Saturday)*
The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center
Kansas City, Missouri
*The 2024 WHA Conference will be held concurrently with the Southern Historical Association Conference.
Free Soil? Migration, Dispossession, and Rising Up on Contested Ground
The Western History Association was once an organization dominated by white male scholars who typically wrote triumphalist narratives. We are no longer that organization. We now produce pathbreaking scholarship by and about the members of the many communities previously excluded from traditional tales of expansion. This new work and the people writing it have transformed the WHA, the history of the U.S. West, and the profession more broadly. Our organization is now an institutional home for scholars who bring diverse viewpoints to their work, deepening our understanding of the past and enriching our experience of the present.
Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, the WHA’s 2024 conference offers an opportunity to reconsider the history and historiography of the U.S. West as a long and unfinished story of diverse peoples and their freedom dreams. An Indigenous crossroads of Kaw, Osage, Kickapoo, Missouria, and Dakota homelands, the Kansas/Missouri borderlands have long been a nexus of migration and resurgence as well as of dispossession and rebellion. Indeed, the 19th century battles over “free soil” here remind us that efforts to secure land and liberty for some have often meant removal, exclusion, and unfreedom for others.
The 2024 WHA Program welcomes panels and papers that consider the many migrations, dispossessions, and uprisings that have shaped the U.S. West. We expect and seek panels addressing the westward tide of expansion in the United States. We also anticipate panels about migrations, dispossessions, and insurgencies that occurred prior to U.S. expansion, elsewhere on the continent, and even around the world. Consider, for example, deep Indigenous histories (and futures) and the long Black freedom struggle as well as the more recent settlement of economic migrants, refugees, and transgender persons living in exile in the region, all of which have made the U.S. West a dynamic site of intersections and relations. We also hope to consider the bordered but unbound histories of the environment.
Meeting alongside the Southern History Association’s annual conference, we especially encourage panels that address the confluence of migrations, dispossessions, and uprisings across the lands that are now the U.S. South and U.S. West. This conference is a prime opportunity to think across, between, and even beyond traditional conventions of the “West,” with attention to debates over the making and meaning of the U.S. West in both scholarly and popular domains.
Policy: Diversity of Program Participants Statement
1) The Program Committee will actively promote the full and equitable inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities, diverse Indigeneities, religious minorities, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ people, and people with various ranks and career paths on the Annual Meeting program.
2) Although not all sessions can reflect the entire diversity of the profession, the Program Committee will encourage proposers of sessions to include diverse sets of participants, addressing gender diversity, racial and ethnic diversity, sexual diversity, religious diversity, disability-based diversity, and/or LGBTQ+ diversity.
3) The Program Committee will encourage session proposers to consider the benefits of including on their panels historians in various career paths and of various ranks (i.e., senior scholars, public historians, graduate students, independent historians, etc.) within their organizations/institutions.
2024 Program Committee Co-Chairs
Genevieve Carpio, University of California, Los Angeles (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elizabeth Ellis, Princeton University (email@example.com)
Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2024 WHA President
Kelly Lytle Hernández, University of California, Los Angeles