Calls for Papers

Call for Papers: Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America

Dear readers, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center at Stony Brook University has announced its upcoming graduate student conference. This year’s theme is “Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America.”The conference is co-hosted with Columbia University and will be held in New York City on April 22, 2017 and Cynthia Radding will be the keynote speaker. The organizers also listed a number of themes and questions they hope presenters will address:

What analytical lenses (race, gender, ideology, etc) can point us in fruitful directions for a more inclusive borderland approach?

Does broadening the concept of “borderland” (beyond a geographical scope) weaken its effectiveness? In what ways can borderlands be conceived beyond borderland spaces?

How have subalterns and racial “others” been represented in borderland regions? How has this representation impacted these “others” and the wider borderland society they live in? How can we move beyond seeing these subalterns as “others” toward conceptualizing them as central actors in borderland regions?

What mechanisms have colonial and postcolonial states used to incorporate borderland regions into centers of power? How and why have these been successful or unsuccessful?

The deadline to submit your proposal is March 10. Proposals, abstracts, and/or papers, plus a short CV, should be sent to Matthew Ford or Zinnia Capó.

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CFP: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association has launched a call for paper for it’s ninth annual meeting, which will occur in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 22-24, 2017. The organizers are accepting proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, and film screenings. Submissions of a broad range of diverse and interdisciplinary scholarly topics are encouraged.  More from the announcement:

All persons working in Native American and Indigenous Studies are invited and encouraged to apply. Proposals are welcome from faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; from community-based scholars and elders; and from professionals working in the field. We especially encourage proposals relating to Indigenous community-driven scholarship.

Visit NAISA’s conference website for additional information, including how to apply.

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CFP: UTEP Borderlands History conference

The deadline for submissions to the second UTEP Borderlands History conference is approaching: September 23. The organizers invite scholars to send in proposals for individual papers and panels of 3-4 participants on a wide range of topics related to the study of borderlands. From the conference description:

This year’s theme, Shifting Borders: Gender, Family, and Community, encourages scholars of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to explore the myriad ways social norms have been constructed, have changed over time, and have been  influenced by the unique opportunities, obstacles, and paradoxes of la frontera. This inquiry into the lives of borderlanders, though not new, is today flourishing in novel ways. Since at least the late 1970s, borderlands scholars have blended social historical approaches with borderlands history to describe the lived experiences of borderlands people. More recently, the field has shifted toward the construction of identity in the borderlands, drawing on new approaches to race and gender and paving the way for new lines of research, including new interest in communities and families. Since then, scholars have applied the tools of women’s studies and cultural history to borderlands history.

For more information, follow the link.

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CFP: Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, and Environmental History

Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, and Environmental History

 Eds. Traci Brynne Voyles and Mary E. Mendoza

CALL FOR PAPERS: In 2003, Carolyn Merchant called on environmental historians to redouble their efforts to craft a critical environmental history of race, particularly one that takes into account the vast and urgent stakes of environmental injustice for communities of color. Not Just Green, Not Just White seeks to answer that call, highlighting scholarship that engages our environmental past with an eye toward building socially and environmentally just futures.

This collection brings together voices that analyze the relationships between environment, race, and justice through a historical lens, exploring how environmental injustices are produced in different historical contexts in ways that profoundly shaped, and still shape, the experiences of communities of color in the US. More broadly, these collaborators ask how power relations have been articulated through resources and resource exploitation; how the environment has been a literal and figurative terrain of struggle over rights, inclusion, or differentiation; or how nature has come to signify and symbolize race in ways that produce unequal or unjust power relations. Ultimately, the collection seeks to underscore the reality, long apparent to communities of color but too rarely articulated in scholarship on environmental history, that racial injustice and environmental degradation (and sometimes preservation) are co-constituted.

Race is a critical component to the study of environmental injustice, but environmental history, until very recently, has tended to leave out questions of race. Classic environmental histories have focused on wilderness, whiteness, and white ideals of pure nature, leaving unexamined the different ways in which people of color experience the nonhuman world and engage in environmentalism. This tendency in environmental history reflects dominant American narratives that focus on white individuals and how they have changed landscapes, ignoring how expansion, settler colonialism, economic and agricultural development, resource extraction, and urban planning have dramatically affected the relationship between people of color and their own natural and built environments. This, in short, is a totalizing, universalizing framework that flattens the diversity of human relationships to the non-human world. This collection brings together a number of historians thinking about a range of environmentalisms and environmental histories, with an eye toward building a more environmentally just future – as well as piecing together a more complete picture of our diverse environmental pasts.

The lack of exchange between environmental justice and environmental history goes both ways, and both fields of scholarship can compliment each other in productive ways. Contrary to environmental history, environmental justice scholarship has been focused on contemporary cases of environmental injustice and racism, only infrequently accounting for the rich histories that produce and give form to unequal relationships to resources and environmental protection. Still, many environmental justice studies of gendered and raced environmental epistemologies have added significantly to our understanding of how environmental knowledge and experience are more rich and more complex than simple reductions to “man’s” impact on “nature.” This collection seeks to apply that rich scholarship, with its deep thinking about race as an analytic as well as about the lived realities of people of color, to environmental history in ways that can bring us to a better understanding of the connections between humans and nature, as well as between and within our human communities. As part of this move toward deep thinking about race and diversity, we are attuned to the need for more intersectional applications of this scholarship, looking to the ways in which gender and race (and sexuality and class) together have formed our relationships to the non-human world not only in the present and future, but also in the past.

We will consider historical scholarship that seeks to explore what the human relationship with nature has looked like for various communities and indigenous nations across the US. We are particularly interested explorations of how (white, American notions of) environmentalism, or activities associated with it, have reinforced racial and classist stereotypes by alienating people who cannot afford or who cannot access things like recycling, or buying local organic foods, and excluded the diverse environmental epistemologies and practices of people of color from mainstream environmentalism. Additional avenues of inquiry might look at the ways that diverse communities and peoples have interacted with nature and what it means (or has historically meant) to be good stewards over nature. Ultimately, we hope to bring together a range of scholars working to disentangle whiteness from environment and environmentalism, and in doing so, offer a more diverse approach to our environmental past, present, and future. Continue reading

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CFP: Policing the North American Borderlands

Dear readers, below we’re reposting a call for papers for what we believe will become an important new contribution to Borderlands historiography. 


We solicit proposals for an edited volume entitled Policing the North American Borderlands. This volume will trace the development of state regulation and policing practices along the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders, as well as their impacts on border people during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Although war and diplomacy established borders on paper, policing made boundaries into borders and in some cases barriers.  We seek papers that examine how policies and state apparatuses create and regulate national borders and how this impacts communities which cross international divides.  We ask for papers that explore how particular legal codes and regulatory practices have attempted to define and delineate the parameters of the state; how citizenship is defined in both law and in practice; and how state regulatory apparatuses monitor and police flows of goods and people across international divides.  This book is centered on two key questions: how has the state (at the federal, state, provincial, and local levels) attempted to regulate and police people and goods at their actual borders; and how have local communities responded to, been shaped by, and/or undermined particular policing objectives and practices?

Too often, studies and discussions of the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders happen in isolation from one another.  Policing the North American Borderlands will therefore place analyses of policing practices along the northern and southern borders into direct conversation with one another.  We are especially interested in papers that take a comparative and connective approach.  How have states implemented policies and practices along the contested terrain that makes up each border region?  How do concepts of race, ethnicity, gender, and power shape interactions along these borders?  By examining the history of policing North America’s borderlands comparatively, we hope not only to trace the development of very different national borders but also shed light on contemporary border security concerns.  Continue reading

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Call for Papers: UTEP Borderlands History Conference 2017


The UTEP History Department is excited to announce The Annual University of Texas at El Paso Borderlands History Conference, February 10-11, 2017 here in El Paso.  This year’s theme is Shifting Borders: Gender, Family, and Community, and UTEP will welcome keynote speaker Sonia Hernández (Texas A&M).   Paper and panel proposals are accepted until September 23, 2016.

CONVOCATORIA EXTENDIDA hasta el 23 de septiembre!

El Departamento de Historia de la Universidad de Texas, El Paso anuncia la Conferencia Anual de Historia Fronteriza de UTEP, 10-11 de febrero de 2017 en El Paso, Texas. El tema es “Fronteras movedizas: género, familia y comunidad” y le darán la bienvenida a la presentadora principal, Sonia Hernández (Texas A&M).  Se aceptan ponencias (individuales o de mesas) hasta el 23 de septiembre de 2016.

Call for Papers (ENGLISH)

Convocatoria de Ponencias (ESPAÑOL)

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CFP: Upcoming Mexico City Conference on Mobility

The T2M conference is a great opportunity to engage issues of mobility comparatively and also across borders. It will be meeting in Mexico City at the Quinta Colorada in Chapultepec Park between October 27-30th. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 18th.

This year’s theme is “Mobilities: Spaces of Flows and Frictions” which emphasizes “ideas such as territorialisation and de-territorialisation, movement-space, space-time, and claims that state space is an effect of motion. Mobility studies and mobility history help us to think about space as dynamic, relational, [and] open… it has physical geographies, historical rhythms, and occupies concrete socio-technological constellations that include durable infrastructures, vehicles, corridors, gates, or barriers.”

As a scholar of Borderlands history with an interest in mobility and migration issues, I have found this conference to provide fruitful discussion on these themes from historical and multidisciplinary angles (full disclosure: I am also on the organizing committee).


For more information, follow the link to the conference website:

14th T2M Annual Conference 2016 – Mobilities: Space of Flows and Friction



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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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CFP: 2016 Visual history conference in Mexico City

The Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at Mexico City’s Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Iztapalapa has an open calls for submissions for an upcoming conference. The theme for the gathering is “the image as a source for History.” The conference looks to develop interdisciplinary approaches to the study of visual history. The deadline to submit proposals is March 4 and the conference is scheduled to occur from May 16-18.

For more information, we’ve attached the event flyer:


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CFP: Deadline Extended for 15th Border Regions in Transition Conference.

Good day readers, the organizers of the 15th Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference have extended the deadline for paper and panel proposals to November 15th. The theme of the conference is Cities, States and Borders: From the Local to the Global. It will be hosted between Hamburg, Germany and Sønderborg, Denmark from 17 to 20 May 2016.

Here’s a brief description of the conference themes:

BRIT 2016 is open to contributions from all over the world, and not exclusively to those dedicated to Western European or North American borders which historically have been strongly represented in border studies. Particular attention will be paid to the conceptual and empirical contributions that explore, from the global to the local, the globalized cross-border metropolis and its flows, the reunited city and its scars, the divided city and its walls, the securitized city and its border controls, the small city and its relative indifference to borders, or the border markets and its overflowing activity.

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