I am putting together a panel for the Western History Association's 47th Annual conference (Oklahoma City, October 3-7, 2007 ) that seeks to consider the United States as a "developing nation" and the American West as vital (though not exclusive) component of that development. In keeping with the conference theme, "Meetings and Exchanges, Old and New," papers for this panel would emphasize development within the Trans-Mississippi region promoted by or resulting from interstate, interterritorial, and intercultural connections rather than merely local ones.
My own paper will explore the distinction between "extensive" and "intensive" Western development as the one gave way to the other during the 1890s, and as intensive development was promoted thereafter by what today we call "non-governmental organizations" (NGOs).
If you are working on similar or related topics, I invite you to reply to this announcement with a brief (<500 words) paper proposal and even more brief c.v. no later than August 15th, 2006.
Dr. Todd F. Carney
Department of History
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
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