To submit your work for the 2022 WHA Conference in San Antonio, please carefully review the following sections. If you contact the WHA office with questions, the staff will first direct you to read the contents of this page.
1. We anticipate that the WHA's 2022 online abstract submission platform (powered by All Academic, Inc.) will open in October. All submissions are due December 6, 2021; no extensions will be granted.
2. Please note that submitting an abstract for the 2022 WHA Conference verifies each presenter’s commitment to attend and register for the conference--even an online conference--should their presentation be selected for the program.
3. All panels accepted for the 2021 program that chose to withdraw from the 2021 onsite conference must resubmit their panels to be reviewed and ranked by the 2022 Program Committee. The Program Committee for the WHA’s 2022 annual meeting in San Antonio welcomes submission of accepted panel and paper proposals for the 2021 WHA in Portland that were withdrawn over concerns about traveling in the time of Covid-19. Before resubmitting, however, all 2021 proposals should be revised in light of the conference theme and call for papers for 2022, “Protocols and Poetics of Place.”
4. The Program Committee prefers reviewing full session proposals, but will also consider individual papers. If you need to connect with other scholars before the deadline, please check out the "WHA 2021 Potential Panel Spreadsheet" created by Kathryn Carpenter (Ph.D. History Student at Princeton--follow on Twitter: @katebcarp).
Follow the directions and work through the process carefully. Each section below was designed to assist you in this process:
1. Title for Session/Workshop/Roundtable (20 words max)
2. Group Abstract for Session/Workshop/Roundtable (250 words in one paragraph) that is clear in its concept, appropriate of participants and component parts, engages with the conference theme, and adds overall value to the program.
3. Are you submitting a “Book Panel” or an “Honorific Panel”? Not sure? Please consult the WHA’s “Best Practices” for organizing Book Panels and Honorific Panels below.
4. Three Keywords that describe the topic/theme of your Session/Workshop/Roundtable
5. Audio Visual (AV) or Accessibility Requests
6. Indication of a Sponsored Session (most submissions are *not* sponsored)
7. Session Representation (200 words max; do not leave this field blank or write “NA”):
This field seeks to answer the following question in regard to the representation of session participants >>> Is there anything about the makeup of your panel participants (backgrounds, positions, occupations, disciplines, institutions/organizations, and other factors of diversity) that the Program Committee should be aware of? Please consult the WHA’s Program Committee Statement on the Diversity of Program Participation (see below).
8. Knowledge of the 2022 travel plans or online preferences for each individual on the panel
9. Confirmation that all participants have reviewed/created/updated their All Academic profiles:
As the panel organizer, you may not create or update other people’s profiles. Everyone must do that on their own. The following items are essential factors of the submission process as they allow for efficient communication with program participants who are accepted for presenting their work at the 2022 conference. The WHA offices asks that, as the organizer, you be responsible for making sure your panel participants do the following:
10. Individual Presentation Titles from each Participant (20 words max)
11. Individual Presentation Abstracts from each Participant (150 words in one paragraph)
12. The name of a confirmed participant to serve as the Chair for your Session/Workshop/Roundtable. One Chair is required for all panels. You may have more than one Chair, but your Chair cannot also serve as a Presenter on your panel.
13. A Commentator is optional and encouraged for your Session/Workshop/Roundtable, but is not required. If your panel seeks to add a Commentator if it is accepted, add that to the “Special Requests” field.
See "Q3" under the Frequently Asked Questions to view the process for submitting your full panel once you have everything collected.
*This list has changed since 2021! Click here for a printable copy of this checklist along with the WHA's Policies and Best Practices for Program Participation.
Please review the following to assist you while you prepare to submit your proposal for the 2022 WHA Conference in San Antonio.
All panel participants and individuals must review, create, or update their own profile on the All Academic site before submitting a panel proposal or individual proposal. You can complete this task list when the system opens. Your All Academic profile is NOT your "MyWHA" profile on the WHA website. It's an entirely different platform profile.
Q2: I am submitting my work as part of a full panel submission, but I am not the panel organizer. How can I prepare my materials to make sure our organizer has everything they need to submit our panel on time?
1. Review, Create, or Update your All Academic profile:
All presenters and participants must review, create, or update your own All Academic profiles. In these profiles, you must recognize that you:
2. Individual Presentation Titles from each Participant (20 words max)
3. Individual Presentation Abstracts from each Participant (150 words in one paragraph)
4. FYI: The panel Chair or Co-Chairs cannot also serve as Presenters on your panel.
5. Check with your panel organizer and see what else they might need from you.
Q3: I am the panel organizer for a group of people. How do I submit a full session/workshop/roundtable through the system once I have gathered all materials on the Checklist?
1. That's a great question! Please first follow the Checklist for panel organizers to submit a full panel through the online platform for 2022 found above on this page. This Checklist includes word limits and panel specifics to guide you through the submission process on All Academic.
2. Make sure you review/update/create your All Academic profile.
3. Do you have all the material from the above checklist and are you ready to submit your panel? Great! Then proceed...
Click "Submit or Edit a Proposal," then "Submit a New Proposal." Select "Session," "Workshop," and "Roundtable."
5. Enter all information required on the form for Sessions/Workshops/Roundtables. Again, you should pre-collect and organize this information using the checklist included in item "1" above).
6. Add your panel presenters: Click "Add Paper" to enter the presentation titles and abstracts for each participant. On the next page search for the author's last name to add them as a Presenter on your Session/Workshop/Roundtable.
7. After you added each presenter, add the name of your Chair and Commentator.
8. Worth Repeating: Your panel Chair cannot also serve as a Presenter on your panel. Your Chair should hold a stand-alone role on your panel unless they also serve as your Commentator.
9. Does your panel appear in the order it should? Place the Chair first, and the participant names in their presentation order. Paper titles should appear underneath the names of panel participants.
10. On the final page look over your information and click "Accept and Continue" to submit your abstract.
11. You and your panel participants will receive a confirmation email from All Academic after you complete the submission process.
Q4: I want to submit my work as an individual paper (not in a session/workshop/roundtable). What information do I need to prepare before I can submit my paper through the system?
1. Make sure you review/create/update your profile on All Academic, the WHA's online abstract platform. LOGIN TO ALL ACADEMIC TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE
2. Once logged into the system, click "Submit or Edit a Proposal," then "Submit a new Proposal"
3. Enter the following:
4. You will be asked to add an "author" for the paper. At the bottom of this page, enter your last name and click "search." find your name in the list and click "Add Presenter."
5. On the final page look over your information and click "Accept and Continue" to submit your abstract. You should receive an automating email from the online system that confirms your submission.
Q5: Can I begin working on my proposal, save it, and return to the site later to edit it before submitting the final version?
Yes! This system allows panel organizers to return to your panel submission to make changes or updates up until the December 6 deadline. Click on each "Accept and Continue" prompt (lower right-hand corner of each page) to enter and save your work in the system. After the last prompt you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that you submitted your work to the system. But remember, you can go back at any time prior to the CFP deadline to edit your session, add participants, and revise your abstract. You will be unable to edit your submission after the CFP deadline, so please make sure your information is accurate on December 6.
Q6: What’s the difference between roundtables, workshops, and sessions? How do I know what kind of panel I should submit?
If you wish to submit a panel that does not fit into a “Roundtable” or “Workshop” category, submit it as a “Session.”
Q7: Do I need to submit a full panel proposal (participants, chair, commentator) or can I submit an individual paper for the conference program?
The Program Committee prefers full panel proposals (sessions, roundtables, or workshops), but will also accept individual papers. If you want to try and connect with other scholars before the CFP deadline, please check out the "WHA 2022 Potential Panel Spreadsheet" created by Kate Carpenter (Ph.D. Student at Princeton--follow @katebcarp).
Q8: Can the Chair and Commentator be the same individual?
In order to maximize program participation, the Program Committee prefers that the Chair and the Commentator roles are not shared by the same individual. Full panel proposals *must* include a Chair, but a Commentator is optional; Individual paper proposals must include suggestions for people to fill these roles should their proposal be accepted and combined into a full panel. Please note: Do not, under any circumstances, add people to your session in these roles unless they have confirmed their involvement in your full panel proposal (see Q12 below).
Q9: Can I be on more than one panel on the 2022 Conference Program?
Except in special circumstances, no single person should participate in more than two conference sessions, and these would need to be in two different roles (i.e., commentator, presenter, roundtable participant, chair, etc.). For some examples of how this works, see the Program Committee's Policies and Best Practices below. If you are asked to join a panel but find yourself already over-committed on other panels, it would be stellar professional courtesy to point the requester in the direction of a student or scholar who is doing similar work who would be a good fit for the panel: "I am sorry, I am already committed to a panel/panels for the 2022 conference program, but X, Y, and Z, are doing similar work and would be an excellent fit for your proposed panel."
Q10: What are the lengths and specifics of abstracts for full panel proposals and for individual paper proposals?
Full panel abstracts for the group session/roundtable/workshop must be 250 words in one paragraph; individual abstracts for the group session/roundtable/workshop must be 150 words in one paragraph; individual paper abstracts must be 150 words in one paragraph.
Q11: How do I know if my panel or individual proposal was submitted correctly?
You will receive an automatic message sent to the email address you entered in the system which verifies that your proposal was officially submitted. If you would like to have extra confirmation, email the WHA office with your request.
Q12: Can I add names of session participants without confirming their involvement?
No. The Program Committee assumes that all participants have verbally agreed to their commitment on proposals that are submitted. Proposals submitted without someone’s consent will be automatically eliminated.
Q13: This process seems difficult. Can I just email my proposal?
No. Proposals that are emailed or mailed will not be considered for the program. If you can handle registering for a conference or writing a conference presentation, the online abstract submission platform should be a process you can achieve.
Q14: What kinds of AV equipment does the WHA provide?
The WHA will provide projectors (with an HDMI connection), screens, and podiums (combined estimated price of $1700 per panel, per day). All WHA participants need to provide their own laptops and specialty adapters if they are needed during their panel. It is not guaranteed that WHA Staff or AV Technicians will have the correct adapters, so please plan ahead.
If you have extra requests (such as speakers for a film session), you are required to list it in your panel proposal in the “AV Request” field. High-Speed (or WiFi) Internet will not be available in each session room, so please plan ahead.
Additional AV requests (special connectors, speakers, laser pointers, etc.) made after July 1, 2022 or onsite at the conference will be the *financial responsibility of the presenter*. (The WHA will order the requested equipment and send an invoice to the presenter; if a request is made onsite the presenter will need to pay before the WHA staff makes an equipment request to the onsite AV company).
Q15: What if someone on my panel cannot attend the conference and needs to Zoom into the session?
At this time, the WHA cannot guarantee how or if this option will be available at the 2022 conference. The WHA office and Program Committee recommend that panel participants discuss their options and preferences before they submit their session/workshop/roundtable and be sure to list their "2022 Travel Plans" and "Online Preferences" in their All Academic profiles.
Q16: I noticed I need to fill out a field titled “Session Representation.” What does that mean?
In this section, the organizer/submitter should answer the following question in regard to the representation of session participants: Is there anything about the makeup of the panel participants (backgrounds, positions, occupations, disciplines, institutions/organizations, and other factors of diversity) that the Program Committee should be aware of? Read the Program Committee's Statement on the Diversity of Session Participants below. Please do not leave this section blank or put "no" or "NA" in it.
Q17: If my proposal is accepted, am I required to register for the conference in 2022? What are the consequences if I do not register or show up?
Yes, it is WHA policy that all conference program participants register for the conference. Please read the WHA's Policy on Conference Participation below.
Q18: Do I need to be a member of the WHA to submit a proposal or present at a conference?
No, membership is not required to present your work at the WHA conference (only conference registration). But we hope you consider joining the WHA to benefit from annual membership and registration discounts!
Q19: Who should I contact with my questions?
If you have questions about specific content or sessions you are organizing, email the 2022 Program Committee Co-Chairs (Julian Lim email@example.com and Tyiana Steptoe firstname.lastname@example.org). If you need assistance with the online abstract platform on All Academic, please contact the WHA staff: email@example.com
Q20: Presenting Online or Onsite? Another Year of Uncertainties for Travel and Financial Stability
The WHA understands that 2022 presents our communities with another year of uncertainties regarding travel, financial support, and all-around public health safety. If the WHA is financially able to provide online content, it will do so at the guidance of the Council and 2022 Program Committee.
When you submit your panel, sessions have the option to select option 2 or 3. The most important thing, at the time you submit your session, is for your panel participants to be on the same page and for you to select either "online" or "onsite" as your session's presentation preference.
Q21: Will the online sessions run concurrently with the onsite conference?
No. The WHA will make more concrete announcements about online sessions in the summer of 2022, as the Pre-Con will likely be scheduled in early August.
The following includes a list of the WHA's Policies and Best Practices to guide the Program Committee in making selections for the annual conference program. Please review these Council-approved guidelines carefully. For a printable version of this list click here.
It is WHA policy that all conference participants (chairs, presenters, workshop leaders, plenary and session speakers, and commentators) must register for the annual conference. WHA Council has an additional policy on conference participation and registration. Conference participants who do not register for the annual 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*. This policy was created to address participant cancellation and encourage individuals to follow-through with professional commitments. (*No-shows in 2022 will be forwarded to 2023, 2024, and 2025 chairs.)
1) The Program Committee will actively promote the full and equitable inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities, religious minorities, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ people on the Annual Meeting program. 2) Although not all sessions can reflect the entire diversity of the profession, the Program Committee will encourage proposers of 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. 3) The Program Committee will encourage session proposers to consider the benefits of including on their panels historians in various career paths and of various ranks (i.e., senior scholars, public historians, graduate students, independent historians, etc.) within their organizations/institutions.
All deliberations of the Program Committee (which include, but are not limited to, ranking sessions and papers, evaluating sessions and papers, and making recommendations to strengthen sessions and papers for the annual program) remain completely confidential.
Except in special circumstances, no single person should participate in more than two conference sessions, and these would need to be in two different roles (i.e., commentator, presenter, roundtable participant, etc.). Program Committee Co-Chairs must follow through with enforcing this policy throughout the review and program planning process. For an example of different situations, see this list.
A. The individual being honored must be or have been a long-time WHA member in good standing. To prove this, the conference submission must include the (estimated) years of an individual’s membership and an overview of their WHA-related activities. The Program Committee is within the right to verify this information with the WHA’s records in the executive office.
B. The panel must adhere to the WHA’s Code of Conduct and Enforcement Policy. To this end, the panel should not exhibit any overlying power structures that suggest an individual or individuals were coerced into creating and organizing the panel out of intimidation.
C. The panel must adhere to the WHA’s official policy on the Diversity of Session Participants (see above) that the Program Committee uses when evaluating all program sessions.
D. The Program Committee maintains the right to recruit an honorific panel to expand the diversity of honored individuals.
E. The Program Committee will typically consider no more than two or three honorary panels per conference program.
F. If a panel is accepted under the requirements of item “A/B/C/D” there is an understanding with the panel organizers that the WHA will not arrange for book signings, sales, and displays to coincide with the panel’s time and location. If the organizers seek this activity, they must coordinate directly with a publisher in the exhibits hall.
A. Panels submitted by the Committee on Teaching and Public Education, which use recent publications to connect K-12 Teachers with scholars with the intention of creating lesson plans on the history of the American West are acceptable panels and not considered “book panels.”
B. Panels that celebrate a group of books (3-4) or book that have significantly shaped the western history field (or a western history subfield) are acceptable if they concentrate on books published years prior to the proposed conference year. The organization of these panels must adhere to the WHA’s Code of Conduct and Enforcement Policy and Diversity of Session Participants (see above) policies.
C. If a panel is accepted under the requirements of item “B,” there is an understanding with the panel organizers that the WHA will not arrange for book signings, sales, and displays to coincide with the panel’s time and location. If the organizers seek this activity, they must coordinate directly with a publisher in the exhibits hall or purchase an exhibit booth at the regular price.
62nd Annual WHA Conference
San Antonio, Texas
In A Map to the Next World, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo writes, “When traveling to another country it’s important to recognize the spirits there, and acknowledge them with prayers, so that you won’t inadvertently offend or hurt by ignorance of protocol of that place.” As historians, we may or may not read poetry and we may or may not be given to prayer, but we do traverse time and space. So we can heed Harjo when she implores us to ask that our presence in a place be “a blessing rather than a curse.” It takes a poet to make poetry of protocol, which we understand in relation to matters more prosaic—medical research and diplomatic practices, carceral codes and border routines, military maneuvers and pride parades. Harjo insists that places, including North American western places, also have protocols, even if historically those protocols have been too seldom observed.
The 2022 WHA Program welcomes session and individual proposals that consider protocols of place in North American Wests. Humans have created protocols that promote life in western places; Harjo, for instance, highlights protocols of introduction among Indigenous peoples. But in their migrations, humans have also marauded and massacred, mingled and merged, measured and manufactured, creating competing protocols that too often have reflected both inequities of power and indifference toward human and nonhuman lives. This is nowhere more evident than in the crossroads place that is San Antonio, sitting at the juncture of the western Gulf Coastal Plain and the southern Great Plains and in the homelands and trading grounds of Native speakers of Coahuiltecan, Athabaskan, Uto-Aztecan, Tonkawan, Karankawan, Tunican, Comecrudan, and Caddoan languages. When Spaniards built missions along the Río San Antonio in the eighteenth century, new crossroads emerged, and again in the nineteenth century, when four wars transformed the place from an outpost of Spanish empire, to a contested site in a newly independent Mexico, to a centerpiece of the short-lived Republic of Texas, to the largest city in the state of Texas and the regional headquarters of the Confederate Army. The military presence would only increase in subsequent decades, until San Antonio earned the moniker Military City USA. Meanwhile, after the Civil War, cattle and sheep markets collided in San Antonio as railroads converged there, creating a diverse city of Mexican Americans, Anglo Americans, African Americans, and German immigrants. The Porfiriato and the Mexican Revolution further swelled the Mexican population with displaced workers and political exiles, and when U.S. soldiers returned from the Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa, they brought hundreds of Chinese immigrants who made San Antonio home to the largest Asian community in Texas until Vietnamese refugees poured into the state in the 1970s. The twentieth century also made a sonic crossroads of the city, first as a recording center for conjunto, blues, jazz, polka, country, and western swing, and then as birthplace of the West Side Sound that merged Tejano, Black, and Anglo music. Politically, San Antonio was the site of the Pecan Shellers’ Strike in the 1930s, led by organizer Emma Tenayuca; desegregation drives in the 1950s and 60s, championed by Henry B. González and the Rev. Claude Black; and, in the summer of 2020, multiracial Black Lives Matter protests.
We encourage proposals that reflect convergences like these and the protocols of place they produce, up to and including a not-yet-past of pandemic, police violence, and anti-Black racism, and of urgent, creative, collective responses that promise to transform the protocols of tomorrow at the crossroads that is the North American West. We look for work that addresses this theme using artful modes of presentation, following Harjo’s lead in offering words that are worthy of places. We invite panels created in the spirit of poetry that demonstrate engaged historical writing and make creative use of sound and images and digital tools.
To submit a full session (preferred) or individual paper, please visit the WHA 2022 Conference website (www.westernhistory.org/2022) and follow the directions and guide for electronic submissions (which will open in fall 2021). Consult the WHA’s Policy on Conference Participants (below) to adhere to the organization’s requirement that all conference participants must register for the conference if their panel or paper is accepted.
The CFP deadline is December 5, 2021. If you have questions, please contact the 2022 Program Co-Chairs: Julian Lim (Arizona State University) or Tyina Steptoe (University of Arizona). You can also contact the WHA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Policy on Conference Participants
In 2018 the WHA Council created a policy on conference participation and registration. In 2022, 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 (2023, 2024, 2025). Program Chairs will consult the report when making decisions about future conference programs. The policy was created to address non-registrants and participant cancellation and encourage individuals to follow-through with professional commitments.
Julian Lim, Arizona State University (Co-Chair)
Tyina Steptoe, University of Arizona (Co-Chair)
David Chang, University of Minnesota
Paul Conrad, University of Texas at Arlington
María Esther Hammack, University of Texas at Austin
Michel Hogue, Carleton University
Alison Rose Jefferson, Heritage Conservation Consultant at ARJ Enterprises
Simeon Man, University of California, San Diego
Danielle Olden, University of Utah
Bernadette Pérez, University of California, Berkeley
Mikaela Selley, Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Melissa Stuckey, Elizabeth City State University
Deborah Vargas, Rutgers University
Ernesto Chávez, University of Texas at El Paso
Mark Padoongpatt, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Laura Hooton, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Doug Kiel, Northwestern University