Dear readers, the Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States Program has launched a call for papers for its first annual academic conference. This year’s theme is “Inter-American Relations: Past, Present, and Future Trends.” The conference, which will be held at Texas State University in November 2016, is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to participate. Topics can cover any subject on Inter-American historical, political, or cultural relations. The deadline to submit your 250-abstract is June 20th. For more information on the conference and instructions on how to submit, follow the link:
ESMOAS Conference website
This entry is the first in a series that Jessica will be writing for the blog about her personal and professional journey developing and researching her dissertation topic as a doctoral candidate in Borderlands history. She welcomes all constructive feedback in the comments section and hopes to spark a broader conversation about identity and regional borders over the coming months. -ed
About midway through my dissertation proposal defense, Dr. Jeff Shepherd, my dissertation chair at the University of Texas at El Paso, asked: “how does your project fit into Borderlands history.” I was not surprised by the question, but I remained stumped for some reason and gave a canned response. His question lingered after I became ABD. How does your project fit into Borderlands history, or a problem like it, is a question on every graduate student’s mind who studies in this field.
As to why I am struggling with this question may have to do with my topic, Cajun history, in particular, Cajun identity. Cajun history begins with the early French Acadian settlements on the tidal flats of present-day Nova Scotia. Imperial competition grew and in 1755, the British expelled the French Acadia settlers and scattered them throughout British North America, Caribbean, South American coast, the Falkland Islands, or France. After that, many Acadian exiles residing in France traveled to Louisiana and were welcomed under the Spanish crown hoping to increase the territory’s population. Continue reading
Dear readers, we wanted you to know about a great upcoming opportunity for graduate students. The Clements Center at Southern Methodist University has launched a call for papers for its 11th annual Western History Dissertation Workshop. It will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the university’s satellite campus in Taos, New Mexico in conjunction with a number of partners, including the Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University and the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico, among others.
Graduate students who are at an advanced stage in writing their dissertations are encouraged to apply. Topics can include any aspect of the history or culture of the American West. The workshop organizers will fly five students to Taos, expenses paid, to participate and receive feedback from the group as well as senior scholars. Continue reading
Dear readers, Hokkaido University in Japan is accepting applications for participants in its border studies summer program. The university’s Graduate School of Public Policy and the Slavic Eurasian Center will host the summer school in Saporro from 25-28 July, and it is open to studies from all over the world. Sessions will cover thematic and geographic topics, from studies of borders in Europe and Asia to gender and diversity and representations of borderlands in art.
The deadline to apply is 28 February. For more information, follow the link:
Border Studies Summer School, Hokkaido University:
On February 18th, Bill Beezley will be giving a public lecture at New Mexico State University, sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Border Studies. He’ll be speaking on the history of the beer industry in the Mexico-US borderlands. If you’re going to be in the area, check it out! We’ve attached the event flyer.