The Roaring Twenties . . . Again? (1920-2020) Also Observing The Great Migration (1620-2020)

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Call for Papers
April 24, 2020 to April 25, 2020
South Dakota, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Literature, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Native American History / Studies

This year's Dakota Conference commemorates the centennial of the start of the 1920s, drawing connections between that decade and the one starting in 2020.  Possible topics include technological innovation, Women's Suffrage, popularization of sports, Prohibition, political corruption, social scandal, organized crime, nativisim, reemergence of the KKK, urban/rural divide, science vs. fundamentalism, exploitation of the West by mining companies, and stock market highs and lows, including the Crash of 1929, followed by the Dust Bowl and Great Depression.  The 2020s are shaping up to be a time of tweets, cyber-warfare, artficial intelligence, gun terrorism, middle-class financial squeeze, lawlessness, incivility, racism, and pollution.  Paper and session proposals on these and other topics related to the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana are welcome.

Use online submission form at or email proposal title, brief description, short biographical sketch, and full contact informatioin to  Proposals must be submitted by February 14, 2020.

Contact Info: 

Kari Mahowald, Coordinator

The Center for Western Studies

Augustana University

2001 S Summit Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57197