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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

Deadline: December 5, 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 (University of California, Davis) and Josh Reid (University of Washington), requests full session submissions, but will consider individual papers.

Guidelines for putting together sessions, panels, and roundtables are available at All submissions must be submitted online. Our new partnership with All Academic, Inc., will provide us with online submission software which will be available through the WHA website. The paper and panel submission process will open on October 1, 2018. All submissions are due December 5, 2018.

Travel scholarship and prizes for students and public historians are awarded annually by the WHA. Please visit the WHA website ( for more information on membership, awards, sponsors, and future events.

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.


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