2019 Conference Program
Please click below to view the final schedule of sessions for the 2019 WHA Conference. The policy for conference participants to register for the conference is also below. Printed programs, online registration, and hotel reservations will be available on July 1.
Policy on Conference Participants
It is WHA policy that all conference participants (chairs, presenters, workshop leaders, plenary speakers, and commentators) must register for the annual conference.
In 2018 the WHA Council created an additional policy on conference participation and registration. Beginning in 2019, conference participants who do not register for the conference, or who fail to show up to the conference without alerting the WHA office, will be included on a report that is forwarded to the next three WHA Program Committee Chairs (2020, 2021, 2022). The policy was created to address participant cancellation and encourage individuals to follow-through with professional commitments.
WHA 2018 Program Committee Co-Chairs
Joshua Reid, University of Washington
Rachel St. John, University of California, Davis
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
"What happens in the West doesn't stay in the West"
59th Annual WHA Conference, October 16-19, 2019, Westgate Las Vegas
2019 Call for Papers (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.
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.
Please prepare the following for your submissions: 1) Full Session/Workshop Title; 2) Full Session Workshop Abstract (250 words); 3) Audio Visual Requests (see specifics above under Q12); 4) Names of Chair and Commentator; 5) Individual Presentation Titles; 6) Individual Presentation Abstracts (150 words or one paragraph)
Travel scholarship and prizes for students and public historians are awarded annually by the WHA. Please visit the WHA awards pages for more information.
Diversity of Session Participants:
The Program Committee will actively promote the full and equitable inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities, religious minorities, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ people, and people with various ranks and career paths on this conference program. The Program Committee will encourage 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.