CFP EXTENDED: The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Conference, Aug. 3-5, 2017

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The CFP deadline for the PCB-AHA Conference 2017 has been extended to February 15, 2017. The conference will be held at California State University, Northridge from August 3-5, 2017.

The Program Committee for the 2017 Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (PCB–AHA) 110th annual meeting invites proposals for panels, papers, roundtables, and workshops that relate to the general theme, “Seeing History: Traces and Representations of the Past.”

The PCB–AHA is the western branch of the American Historical Association. It serves members of the AHA living in the western United States (west of the Mississippi) and western Canada. It brings together historians from all geographical, chronological and topical specializations. The Annual Meeting theme reflects the breadth and variety of interests held by the PCB–AHA membership.

The Committee encourages sessions and papers that enable conversations across our many specializations. We welcome proposals that grapple with ways of seeing, representing and envisioning the past through texts, images, films, culture, landscape, and memory. Possible themes include, but by no means are limited to: individual and group self–representations; the making of cultural identities; the role of arts in cultural production (particularly in public history contexts); the creation of landscapes and spaces; community–making; the optics of digital humanities; comparative and transnational approaches; visual literacies; and the development of diverse aesthetics across periods and places.

This year’s meeting also offers opportunities to mark and consider 20th–century anniversaries: Prohibition and the Loving v Virginia court decision; the Russian Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution; the death of Che Guevara in Bolivia and the publication of Gabriel García Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude; Hollywood’s emergence as the center of the film industry and Super Bowl I; the independence of Ghana and India; US entry into World War I and anti–Vietnam war protests; the Sputnik launch and the Six–Day War in the Middle East.

The Committee invites traditional as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past. We will consider all proposals, but we especially encourage those related to the general theme of the conference as well as roundtable discussions, entire sessions, individual papers, and alternative session formats that allow for wide audience participation. Graduate students are warmly welcomed to submit proposals.

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