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.

View the 2018 WHA Conference Program Errata here.

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

WHA 2018 Program Committee

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

2018 Call for Papers

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)

Electronic submissions are required and should be sent, with supporting materials, as a single PDF document to 2018 Program Committee Co-Chairs, Kent Blansett and Farina King at The submission deadline is September 1, 2017 for individual papers and December 1, 2017 for organized panels.

Downloadable PDF of the 2018 Call for Papers available here

2018 Call for Posters

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

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 | 

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