• Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:29 PM | Anonymous

    2018 Call for Papers
    58th Annual Conference of the Western History Association
    October 17-20, 2018, San Antonio, Texas


     From October17-20, 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 a one-paragraph abstract, a one-page c.v., with mailing address, phone, email, and indicate their AV equipment needs. Panel submissions also require a 250-word abstract outlining the purpose and title of their proposed session. 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 wha2018callforpapers@gmail.com. The submission deadline is September 1, 2017 for individual papers and December 1, 2017 for organized panels.


  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues,

    The Nominating Committee seeks your input in creating a slate of candidates for this year's Western History Association election. Please submit nominations for: WHA President-elect, two Council members, and two members of the Nominating Committee. 

    From the 
    WHA Constitution and Bylaws:
    The President presides at all meetings of the Western History Association and the Council during the President's year of service. The President makes appointments to committees and designates committee chairs. The President encourages the establishment of affiliated organization status between other appropriate organizations and the WHA.

    The Council consists of the President, the President-elect, Executive Director, and seven elected members. The Council presents a complete report of actions and activities to the membership at the annual business meeting. Elected Council members serve three-year terms.

    The Nominating Committee consists of five elected members each serving two-year terms. The Nominating Committee seeks suggestions from WHA members by February 15 each year and prepares the slate of candidates for President-elect, Council, and Nominating Committee. 

    Candidates for all elected positions need to be members in good standing.

    Please email your nominations for President-elect, Council, and Nominating Committee by February 15 to any member of the Nominating Committee listed below.

    On behalf of the Nominating Committee, thank you!

    Josh Reid, Chair (2017)
    University of Washington

     Susan Gray (2017)
    Arizona State University

     Leisl Carr-Childers (2018)
    University of Northern Iowa

     George Díaz (2018)
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Lori Lahlum (2018)
    Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:55 PM | Anonymous

     The MHS Publications Program is the publisher of Montana The Magazine of Western History (MMWH) and Montana Historical Society Press books. MMWH is an award-winning scholarly journal now in its sixty-sixth year of publication. It is a definitive source for scholarship on Montana and the West. MMWH's readership includes general subscribers, MHS members, and Western History Association members. Also widely recognized for excellence, the Montana Historical Society Press publishes approximately three titles per year in the fields of western history, with sixty books and twenty e-books on its list. In addition, the Publications Program actively participates in the MHS social media and video programs; produces MHS newsletters, calendars, and advertisements; and engages in joint projects with other MHS programs, including editing of Museum exhibits, giving educational talks, and helping with and planning for public events. The associate editor plays a vital role in all aspects these activities in terms of his/her participation in planning, project management and production, research and development, information management, marketing, and product distribution.

    For more information visit https://mtstatejobs.taleo.net/careersection/200/jobdetail.ftl?job=17140045

  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Diablo Valley College is seeking a full-time tenure track instructor in History to begin August 2017. The successful applicant will be well qualified to teach to all Latin American history courses in addition to any or all of the following courses listed in the DVC catalogue: Hist 135 and 136 (Latin America and perspectives in US); Hist 125 (Mexico and perspectives in US); Hist 124 (California); and Hist 126 (US West).
     For more information please visit https://www.4cdcareers.net/postings/4011

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Western History Association is pleased to announce that all WHA awards, scholarships and fellowships will now be given annually. Look for updated submission information in January of 2017 at www.westernhistory.org/awards

  • Monday, November 21, 2016 4:11 PM | Anonymous

     Revisiting the Summer of Love, Rethinking the Counterculture:
    An Academic Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love
    July 27 - 29, 2017
    San Francisco, CA
    Call for Papers Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017

    Northwestern University’s Center for Civic Engagement and the California Historical Society invite scholars to submit paper proposals for this interdisciplinary conference celebrating and reexamining the Summer of Love and its associated events, contexts, and implications.

    The conference’s major theme is community, exploring how that idea–and reality–was renewed, explored, interrogated, and reimagined in a multiplicity of ways during the Summer of Love.

    As an interdisciplinary meeting, the conference welcomes scholars from all interested fields and theoretical perspectives. We are particularly interested in papers that bridge disciplines.

    Suggested topics include art, from drama and dance to poster art and music; writers and writing, including New Journalism and contemporary theorists; minorities and marginalized populations; GLBT and gender issues; urban studies; and implications of the Summer of Love on today’s social movements.

    Professors, independent scholars, students, and professionals working outside of the academy are welcome to participate. Adjunct professors and graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. Limited assistance is available for graduate students and adjunct faculty to help defray the costs of conference participation.

    Proposals include an abstract of up to 250 words and a brief bio of no more than 150 words and are due by January 15, 2017. For more information visit www.summerofloveconference.org

  • Tuesday, October 04, 2016 7:59 PM | Anonymous

    Distinguished scholars in History or Political Science are invited to apply for the Wayne N. Aspinall Chair at Colorado Mesa University.  For a $10,000 stipend, the visiting professor will spend three weeks on the Colorado Mesa University campus in late March-to mid- April 2018, teach a one credit course, give a major public lecture, and make any other invited appearances.  Applications must include a vitae, a brief outline of a course proposal and a topic for the major public lecture.  Submit application by February 10, 2017 to: Professor Steven C. Schulte, Department of History, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501.  Feel free to direct any inquiries to Schulte@coloradomesa.edu or 970 248-1418.

  • Monday, October 03, 2016 7:09 PM | Anonymous

    Otis E. Young, Jr., age 90, of Tempe, AZ died September 16, 2016. He was born October 10, 1925 in South Bend, (IN), the only child of Otis E Young, Sr. and Madge Oliver Young and was raised in Mount Vernon, (IN). He served as Sgt., U.S. Army, 1943-46, and was an Air Force Reserve Officer 1948-1962. He received the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Indiana University. He married Ruth Krost Thomas in 1950 in Bloomington, IN. He was an Instructor, Alpena (MI) Community College, 1952-54, Assistant Professor, Bradley University, Peoria (IL), 1954-63, Visiting post-doctoral scholar, Ohio State University 1959-1960 and Professor of History, Arizona State University, Tempe (AZ) 1963-88. Among many books, scholarly articles and reviews on Western, Military and Mining History, his three most notable books were The West of Philip St. George Cooke, who was the commander of the Mormon Battalion, Western Mining and The Mining Men. Member of Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha. Arizona president 1970-71 Council on America's Military Past. Charter member and recipient of Rodman Paul Award, Mining History Association. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two sons, Benjamin Thomas Young of Tempe, AZ and Otis E Young, III, his wife, Susan, and one granddaughter, Riley, of Cabot, AR. Private services have been held at St. Barnabas on-the-Desert Episcopal Church, Scottsdale, AZ. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army. Sage Hospice 5111 N. Scottsdale Rd, #204, Scottsale, AZ 85250.

     Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 2, 2016

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