I'm putting together a panel at the Pacific Coast Branch conference of the American Historical Association, to be held July 31-Aug 2, 2019, on the thirtieth anniversary of historical events/trends/people from the year 1989. I am trying to steer away from "obvious" topics like the Berlin Wall/fall of the Iron Curtain, Tiananmen Square, etc., though I would be interested in papers which look at those events peripherally or in a new light. My paper is on Tom Foley, the longtime congressman from Washington state (U.S.) who became Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in 1989. I will focus on the ways in which his diplomacy abroad and his political skills at home in Washington and in Congress led him to the speakership, conveying the ways in which his "intermestic", consensus-building style stood in contrast with the nationalistic polarization happening in the present day.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you'd be interested in joining the panel. I have a chair already but I am seeking 2-3 additional panelists. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of History
University of Portland, Tokyo International University of America, Washington State University Vancouver