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Call for Papers

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

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.”

The PCB–AHA is the western branch of the American Historical Association. It serves members of the AHA living in the western United States (west of the Mississippi) and western Canada. It brings together historians from all geographical, chronological and topical specializations. The Annual Meeting theme reflects the breadth and variety of interests held by the PCB–AHA membership.

The Committee encourages sessions and papers that enable conversations across our many specializations. 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: Prohibition and the Loving v Virginia court decision; the Russian Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution; the death of Che Guevara in Bolivia and the publication of Gabriel García Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude; Hollywood’s emergence as the center of the film industry and Super Bowl I; the independence of Ghana and India; US entry into World War I and anti–Vietnam war protests; the Sputnik launch and the Six–Day War in the Middle East.

The Committee invites traditional as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past. We will consider all proposals, but we especially encourage those related to the general theme of the conference as well as roundtable discussions, entire sessions, individual papers, and alternative session formats that allow for wide audience participation. Graduate students are warmly welcomed to submit proposals.

Send all submissions by February 15, 2017, to

All proposals should include:

  • a contact person,
  • a title and brief description of the panel, roundtable, or paper,
  • a title and one–page abstract for each presentation,
  • and a one–page c.v. including email address and institutional affiliation for each participant.
  • Be sure to include any AV requests.

Prior to submitting a proposal, please confirm in advance the participation of all presenters. Every participant will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2017, and will receive information for conference registration and on the conference hotel.

Program Committee co–chairs for 2017 are:

Please feel free to contact them with any questions or ideas for special sessions.

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