Monthly Archives: February 2016

CFP: 2016 Inter-American Relations Conference

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


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Bloodlines and Borderlines in Louisiana: Grappling with Cajun Identity in Borderlands History

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

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CFP: SMU Dissertation Writing Workshop

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

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Job Opening in Mexican American History at SJDC

San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, California is hiring a full-time instructor to teach Mexican American History. The application deadline is February 26. The ideal candidate will be able to teach undergraduate History courses and also assistant the dean in on-campus activities and student groups. From the job posting about minimum and preferred qualifications:

• Master’s in history OR Bachelor’s in history AND Master’s in political science, humanities, geography, area studies, women’s studies, social science, or ethnic studies or the equivalent.

• Demonstrated teaching experience.

• Sensitivity to and demonstrated success teaching in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, ethnic environment such as a community college.


• Experience teaching courses in African American History, Asian Pacific American History or Mexican American History • Earned doctorate in history.

• Experience in teaching survey courses in history.

• Demonstrated ability and desire to stay current in the field and commitment to high academic standards.

• Experience teaching postsecondary courses, especially at the community college level.

• Demonstrated ability to adapt teaching strategies and techniques to different levels of students’ ability and learning styles.

• Demonstrated ability to adapt teaching strategies and techniques to students from different cultures and ethnic groups.

• Demonstrated ability to use innovative and creative teaching techniques and equipment • Use technology for teaching and management of online course information. Familiarity and ability to teach in a distance learning environment.

• Demonstrated leadership and ability to work with community groups and the schools in order to coordinate the educational program with the needs of the community.

• Desire and willingness to make the educational programs successful.”

For more information, follow the link:

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Job Opening at UCL for Specialist in Latin American Studies

The University College London’s Institute of Latin American Studies is conducting a search for candidates for a new lectureship. The institute is multidisciplinary with an emphasis on scholarship about Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States. Ideal candidates will have a PhD and already be teaching courses in Latin American studies with the ability to lead undergraduate and graduate-level classes. The deadline to apply is March 22. From the post:

We particularly welcome applicants with a research background in social science, including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Development Studies, and Political Science. A research interest in development issues as they pertain to Latin America, or in social policy, would be welcome.

For more information, follow the link:

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Border Studies Summer Program in Japan: Call for Applications

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:

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Public Lecture: Bill Beezley at NMSU

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.

Bill Beezley, Feb 18th-page-001

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