Western History Association Call for Papers
WHA Conference, San Diego, California, October 4 - 7, 2001
The American West as Living Space
The Program Committee for the 2001 meeting of the Western History Association invites proposals for panels and papers for the WHA 41st annual conference to be held in San Diego, California, October 4 - 7, 2001. The meeting theme is drawn from Wallace Stegner's book, The American West as Living Space, which asks us to consider the West as both a space alive with all manner of beings and as a space to be lived in and responded to. The 2001 meeting in San Diego takes up Stegner's evocative title, prompting us to consider the many ways the diverse peoples of the West have inhabited and defined space and transformed it into place. We encourage panels and papers that focus on everything from federal land policy to regional architectural styles, from literary constructions to cartographical representations of western spaces. If Wallace Stegner has helped us define the West as living space, we also nod to the late Stanley Kubrick and his powerful film "2001 - A Space Odyssey." Both Stegner and Kubrick remind us of the intersection between space and imagination. And the committee surely hopes that the San Diego setting will inspire sessions that look at California as a prime example of centuries of human agency responding to space.
The Program Committee invites traditional history presentations as well as those that make use of other disciplines such as music, art, theatre and film, ethnology, and archaeology, in explaining Western space. We encourage panels on the history of San Diego and California, on the history of the Pacific Rim, and the Pacific Northwest. In the tradition of previous conferences, we welcome presentations that embrace the many worlds of the West. And we especially invite sessions on the teaching of Western history, whether at the secondary, college, university, or public history levels.
The 2001 WHA PRogram Committee invites scholars, teachers, students, and the public to gather in San Diego to appreciate and participate in the lively times offered in a WHA conference. Submissions are encouraged for roundtable discussions, entire sessions, and individual papers. Each paper proposal should include a one-page abstract. It should also include a one-page c.v., with an address, phone and e-mail for each participant. If submitting an entire session, include an abstract that outlines the purpose of the session and designate one panelist as the contact person. The Program Committee assumes all listed individuals in a session proposal agree to participate.
Program Committee co-chairs for 2001 are Sherry L. Smith, Southern Methodist University, and David Rich Lewis, Utah State University - the Western Historical Quarterly. Send all submissions by August 31, 2000 to Professor David Rich Lewis, Western Historical Quarterly, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-0740.
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