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.

The deadline is approaching fast: MARCH 4. Decisions on the selection of graduate students will be made by April 1. For more information, we’ve quoted the application instructions from the workshop website:

To apply, please provide a brief statement of intent to Ruth Ann Elmore at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU (  We will then furnish details on how to upload your application.  Full applications will require a brief cover letter, a short CV, and a dissertation prospectus/description of not more than two single-spaced pages.  Please also arrange for your dissertation adviser to send a letter of recommendation to the email address above; that letter should address the significance and the status of the dissertation to date.

SMU Dissertation Writing Workshop website:

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