LGBTQ+ History in American West and Southwest Essay Competition

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Call for Papers
March 20, 2023
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Borderlands, Native American History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Department of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, as part of the 57th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Lecture Series, invites original, article-length essays (10,000 words including footnotes) on a topic related to the history of LGBTQ+ movements or the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and/or queer individuals and communities in modern American West or Southwest. Scholarship on this topic has recently developed beyond predictable places and events, thereby creating the possibility of bringing together cutting-edge research set in the region of the American West and Southwest in a single volume.

We are interested in a diverse set of topics, including the ways in which the dynamics of western, southwestern, and/or borderlands contexts shaped LGTBQ+ activism, affected the role of race and class in LGBTQ+ politics, influenced social and cultural developments within the queer community, created differing impacts or types of resistance to institutional and systemic barriers to lesbian, gay and trans* rights, and formed responses to the AIDS crisis.

A prize in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to the author of the winning entry. The essay will subsequently appear in an edited collection, to be published by Texas A&M University Press. 
Deadline for submission is March 20, 2023
Please submit your essay to Webb Lectures Coordinator Julie Hazzard at:

Contact Info: 

Sam Haynes, University of Texas at Arlington,

Stephanie Cole, University of Texas at Arlington,

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