Monthly Archives: September 2012

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UTEP Seminar Series: “’From the Moment I Made My Wedding Vows My Suffering Began’: A Divorce in the Mexican Frontier”

‎”’From the Moment I Made My Wedding Vows My Suffering Began’: A Divorce in the Mexican Frontier”

Dr. James Starling

Visiting Professor, History Department,
New Mexico State University

Friday, Sept. 28, 3:00 pm LART 323

The seminars are open to all UTEP faculty and graduate students and others who may be interested. Please mark your calendars. For further information contact Sandra McGee Deutsch at The Seminar Series is part of the College of Liberal Arts Alliance for Excellence. For further information contact Ron Weber at

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Borderlands at the Western History Association Conference in Denver, October 4-7

The 52nd Annual Conference of the Western History Association will be held in Denver, CO from October 4-7.  The conference theme this year is “Boundary Makers and Border Crossers,” so as you can imagine there are plenty of great borderlands panels to attend.  Here is a quick rundown of panels relevant to our collective borderlands interests (I put this together quickly and surely missed some – please add them in a comment).  The list represents panel titles.  Some of these feature entire panels on Borderlands and Transnational history, others are more broadly defined by contain a single paper or two on relevant borderlands topics.  Indeed, if you define “borderlands” or transnational history broadly – a great majority of the program features scholarship that examines environmental, cultural, religious, intellectual, social or other types of boundaries and historical divides.  For details on presenters and paper titles, see the full program at

Friday, October 5th

8:30-10:00 AM

  • Marking Territory: Representation, Arbitration, and Demarcation on the U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Women, Families, and State Politics in the U.S. West and Mexico Continue reading
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CFP: Southwestern Historical Association, New Orleans, March 27-30, 2013

Southwestern Historical Association


New Orleans, March 27-30, 2013

You are cordially invited to join the Southwestern Historical Association, in conjunction with the Southwestern Social Sciences Association, for our annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, March 27-30th. Faculty, independent scholars, public historians, and students may submit proposals for panels, papers or roundtable sessions in any area of history. Papers may also be submitted for awards honoring outstanding research and for publication in the Chronicle of Historical Studies. Continue reading

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CFP: New Mexico-Arizona Joint History Convention, April 18-21, 2013

April 18-21, 2013
Las Cruces Convention Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico

The program committee invites proposals for presentations on any aspect of Arizona or New Mexico history for delivery at the New Mexico-Arizona Joint History Convention, which will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The format of the convention includes approximately twenty-four 75-minute sessions of three 20-minute presentations. We encourage both individual submissions and proposals for related topics that would comprise a complete session. Continue reading

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Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border Without ID–A 1950s Mormon Example

I got a kick out of an excerpt from a letter written by Hugh Nibley (1910-2005), a Mormon educational figure who taught at Brigham Young University for several decades (and a fairly prominent social critic in U. S. Mormon circles). In the letter, Nibley describes passing through Yellowstone National Park and into Canada after having left his wallet and identification at home in Utah. According to his account, Nibley passed because ubiquitous Mormon gatekeepers recognized him, and this was ID enough. In particular, I thought Nibley’s reference to family members as “notorious border-jumpers” interesting–perhaps a reference to family members involved in polygamy who left the United States in the late 19th century to settle in Canada to escape pursuing U. S. marshals. Continue reading

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CFP: The Episcopal Church on the Borderlands, San Antonio, Texas June 11-June 14, 2013

Our friends at the Religion in American History Blog posted the following CFP:

Call For Papers: The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Women’s History Project, and National Episcopal Historians and Archivists announce the 2013 Tri-History Conference theme, “The Episcopal Church on the Borderlands,” and issue a call for papers or panels that explore those places in the Southwest where different cultures and institutions have met in the Episcopal Church. Continue reading

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