This panel is for the Western Historical Association Conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 13-16, 2004. The conference theme is "Representing the West in Image and Record," and this panel will explore the role of the Colorado River in the History, Myth, and Imagination of the American West.
This panel will discuss the real and imagined histories of the Colorado River in an attempt to “fill in the gaps” created by the massive though selective historiography of the river. While much of literature on the focuses on geology, archeology, hydroelectric dams, exploration, law, and politics, little focuses on Indigenous, Mexican, Chinese, Mormon, and African-American communities on the river. Gendered histories have yet to appear. Even less has been written about the tension between historical memory and the written record.
This panel seeks papers and creative projects dealing with issues and events that have not entered the central narrative of the river. Multi-cultural, gendered, environmental, international, literary, theoretical pieces, and those directly addressing the conflict between “image and record” are encouraged.
Send a 200 word abstract and one page c.v. to Jeffrey P. Shepherd via email by July 25th. Include an email address and other pertinent information. The due date for panel proposals is August 15, 2003.
Jeffrey P. Shepherd
Assistant Professor of Western/American Indian History
Department of History
500 W. University Ave.
University of Texas, El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968-0532
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