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The University of Texas at San Antonio History Department invites paper proposals on
“Texas and the Civil War” for the second John L. Nau III Conference on Texas History.
The conference will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Witte Museum in San Antonio.
UTSA’s History Department seeks to facilitate the development and exchange of historical
scholarship on the state by hosting an annual John L. Nau III Conference featuring leading and
emerging scholars in related fields. The 2023 conference will mark the 10th anniversary of the
Nau Scholars Program generously funded by the Nau Foundation.
We welcome paper proposals on a variety of topics that highlight the complex unfolding
of the Civil War and the manifold, overlapping, human experiences and contexts in Texas. We
encourage submissions on topics such as historical preservation, memorialization, the Civil War
through a transnational lens, emancipation, the role of women, and pedagogy. Proposals should
include a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a brief CV (2-3 pages). Selected
proposals will be organized into conference panels.
The conference will feature a keynote address from Thavolia Glymph, the Peabody
Family Distinguished Professor of History, Professor of Law, Faculty Research Scholar at the
Duke Population Research Institution (DUPRI), and associate chair of the Department of History
at Duke University. Dr. Glymph’s work focuses on slavery, emancipation, plantation societies
and economies, gender and women’s history, and the era of Reconstruction. She is the author of
numerous books, including The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom,
and Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) and Out of the House of Bondage: The
Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008), both of which
garnered numerous awards. She is also co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary
History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 and is currently completing a book manuscript titled
African American Women and Children Refugees in the Civil War.
Panelists will be provided with up to two nights of accommodation. Faculty members are
encouraged to seek travel support from their home institutions. Independent scholars and
graduate students will be considered for a modest subsidy for travel on a case by case basis.
Please submit proposals to UTSANauConference@utsa.edu by October 31, 2022. We
plan to issue acceptance notifications around November 11, 2022.
Catherine Clinton, Denman Chair of American History, UTSA