A Conference hosted by the American West Center at the University of Utah
February 8 and 9, 2008
Salt Lake City , Utah
Call for Papers
The University of Utah's American West Center (AWC), the Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) and Salt Lake Community College 's Pacific Unity Association (PUA) invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference investigating the relationship between Pacific Worlds and the American West. As the home to one of the largest and oldest Pacific Island communities in the U.S., Salt Lake City provides an ideal location for this gathering. The particular history of this place prompts questions about the role of indigeneity, religion, the environment, imperialism, racial and gender construction, colonialism, and hybridity in shaping Pacific Worlds within and outside the American West. We welcome social sciences, arts, and humanities research that explores contemporary or historic cultural, ideological, social, political, or material connections between these two spaces. We welcome scholarship that explores this relationship either by examining specific local sites in the Pacific World or the American West, or by employing comparative or transnational methodologies. Scholars interested in interrogating the notion of a "Pacific World" or in discussing Pacific pedagogies are also invited to participate.
We welcome submissions of individual papers or panels of papers. Individual papers should include a title, a 300-word proposal, and a two-page CV with up-to-date contact information. Panels of papers should include a title, 300-word abstract of the panel's theme, and a title, brief description of the paper, and two-page CV from each panelist. Please indicate any AV needs. All submissions should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by *October 15, 2007. Questions about the conference can be directed to 'Anapesi Ka'ili at the above address. More information about the American West Center's Transnational West Program and its Pacific Initiative, including its plans to construct a Digital Pacific Archive, can be found at: www.awc.utah.edu .
*Please note the deadline has been extended for proposal submissions.
**A significant number of competitive grants are available to graduate students to supplement transportation and lodging costs. Please indicate in your proposal if you would like to be considered for one of these.
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