Conference Program

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The Program Committee seeks proposals that cut “against the grain,” that is, which challenge old and new orthodoxies about western history. We invite challenges on many fronts (and frontiers), though our meeting location in San Diego seems particularly suited to discussions that cut across conventional borders of western history. The 2017 Program also hopes to bridge the divide that has too often cut academic histories off from broader public conversations. Accordingly, we would like to spotlight projects that have successfully translated recent scholarship and effectively engaged wide audiences. We also encourage proposals about pedagogical innovations that rethink how we teach western histories to students at all levels.

The Program Committee welcomes a range of formats: panels, roundtables, workshops, and lightning rounds. Recognizing our members’ wide range of interests, the committee will consider proposals not directly related to the conference theme. But no matter the topic or your take on it, we are especially receptive to proposals that cut against the grain of academic conferences by dispensing with “standard” formats in favor of more innovative ways of presentation and discussion. We hope, in particular, to significantly increase participation by constructing sessions that involve more panelists and increase audience participation. For example, we envision several lightning round panels, in which as many as ten or twelve presenters give very brief (no more than five minutes) summaries of new research on a particular topic, leaving time for a discussion among the panelists and with the audience.

We strongly encourage full session submissions, although we will consider single papers. When submitting an entire session or panel, the designated contact person should submit the proposal. Please include a brief abstract (250 words) that outlines the purpose of the session. Each paper proposal, whether individual or in a session, should include a one-paragraph abstract; each presenter should submit a one-page c.v., with address, phone, and e-mail. Indicate any equipment needs. The committee assumes that all listed individuals have agreed to participate. Electronic submissions are required and should be sent, with supporting materials, as a single PDF document to 2017 WHA Program Co-chairs Katherine Benton-Cohen, Andrew Graybill, and Kelly Lytle-Hernandez at The submission deadline for single papers is September 1, 2016. For complete panel proposals, the deadline is December 1, 2016. For a printable PDF copy of the 2017 Call for Papers click here.

2017 Program Committee Co-Chairs

 Katherine Benton-Cohen  Andrew R. Graybill  Kelly Lytle-Hernandez
 Georgetown University  Southern Methodist University  University of California, Los Angeles

2017 Program Committee Members
Kent Blansett, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Flannery Burke, Saint Louis University
David Cartwright, Autry National Museum
Connie Chiang, Bowdoin College
Brian S Collier, University of Notre Dame
Marque Vestal, University of California, Los Angeles
Jennifer Holland, University of Oklahoma
David Igler, University of California-Irvine
Katrina Jagodinsky, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jeannette Eileen Jones, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Julian Lim, Arizona State University
Traci Voyles, Loyola Marymount University
George Miles, Yale University
Pablo Mitchell, Oberlin College
Megan Nelson, Independent Writer
Erika Pé
rez, University of Arizona
Sherry Smith, Southern Methodist University
Elliott West, University of Arkansas


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