59th Annual WHA Conference

The 59th annual WHA Conference will be October 16-19, 2019, at the Westgate in Las Vegas, Nevada. We hope to see you there!

2019: Abstract Submission

The WHA's new online abstract submission platform (created by All Academic) will open in early October. We appreciate your patience as we work to implement new technology for the Call for Papers process!

2019: Call for Papers

"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 (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 www.westernhistory.org/2019. 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 1, 2018.

Travel scholarship and prizes for students and public historians are awarded annually by the WHA. Please visit the WHA website (www.westernhistory.org) 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.

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, Duke University
Geraldo L. Cadava, Northwestern University
Josh Garrett-Davis, Autry Museum of the American West
Tiffany Jasmin González, Texas A&M University
Trinidad O. Gonzalez, South Texas College
Maria John, University of Massachusetts Boston
Khalil Anthony Johnson, Jr., Wesleyan University
Jacob Lee, Penn State University
Patty Limerick, Center of the American West, University of Colorado Boulder
Malinda Maynor Lowery, University of North Carolina
John Lutz, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Christian McMillen, University of Virginia
Rebecca Scofield, University of Idaho
Tyina Steptoe, University of Arizona 
Tamara Venit-Shelton, Claremont McKenna College

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.