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The 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch, Seeing History: Traces and Representations of the Past, August 03th through August 05th 2017, Los Angeles, California.

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Seeing History: Traces and Representations of the Past

The Program Committee for the 2017 Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (PCB–AHA) 110th annual meeting invites proposals for panels, papers, roundtables, and workshops that relate to the general theme, “Seeing History: Traces and Representations of the Past.”

We welcome proposals that grapple with ways of seeing, representing and envisioning the past through texts, images, films, culture, landscape, and memory. Possible themes include, but by no means are limited to: individual and group self–representations; the making of cultural identities; the role of arts in cultural production (particularly in public history contexts); the creation of landscapes and spaces; community–making; the optics of digital humanities; comparative and transnational approaches; visual literacies; and the development of diverse aesthetics across periods and places. This year’s meeting also offers opportunities to mark and consider 20th–century anniversaries.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017.

Annual Call for Papers

The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association congratulates the following PCB–AHA prize and award winners for 2016.

Pacific Historical Review Awards

The Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award (most deserving contribution to the Pacific Historical Review, selected by the Board of Editors of the Review):

James D. Drake, “A Divide to Heal the Union: The Creation of the Continental Divide,” Pacific Historical Review (November 2015, vol. 84, no. 4).

The W. Turrentine Jackson Prize (graduate student whose essay has been adjudged by the Editors of the Pacific Historical Review to be of outstanding quality):

Lawrence H. Kessler, “A Plantation upon a Hill: Or, Sugar without Rum: Hawai‘i’s Missionaries and the Founding of the Sugarcane Plantation System,” Pacific Historical Review (May 2015, vol. 84, no. 2).

Pacific Coast Branch Awards

The W. Turrentine Jackson Award (author of a dissertation judged to be the most outstanding on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century):

Mary Elizabeth Mendoza, “Unnatural Border: Race and Environment at the U.S.–Mexico Divide” (University of California, Davis, 2015).

The Norris and Carol Hundley Award (best book published in history during a calendar year by a scholar living in the region served by the Branch):

Lorraine K. Bannai, Seattle University School of Law, Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice (University of Washington Press, 2015).

Honorable Mention:

Keith David Watenpaugh, University of California, Davis, Bread From Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (University of California Press, 2015).

The Pacific Coast Branch Award (best book submitted by a scholar who resides in the states and provinces from which the Branch draws its membership, offered only for first books, and usually to younger scholars):

Andrew R. Highsmith, Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American Metropolis (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

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