Environmental History at the 2014 Western History Association Conference

I’m stealing an idea from my friend and fellow Husker Brenden Rensink. Brenden just wrote a post summarizing borderlands and transnational history panels – his area of study – at the Western History Association Conference this year. I thought I’d do similar with environmental history.

To reiterate from Brenden’s post, the Western History Association is meeting in Newport Beach, California, between October 15 to October 18 with the theme “The West & the World.” Like Brenden, I’m listing any panel that includes some theme on environmental history even if that only includes a single paper. If I’ve missed a panel or paper, let me know on Twitter.

Thursday, October 16 8:30am-10:00am

Conquering the Meat Frontier: North American Ranching in the Nineteenth Century

The Legal and Physical Infrastructure of Southern California Water

Thursday, October 16 10:15am-11:45am

The West and the World: Pacific Connections, Pacific Possibilities

Western History in the Imagination and on the Landscape

Friday, October 17 8:30am-10:00am

Teaching “America’s Best Idea”: Lessons from a Century (and More) of National Parks: A Roundtable Discussion with Images and Documents

Borderlandscapes of the Rio Grande

How Labor Shapes the West

Friday, October 17 10:30-Noon

Nature, Science, the West, and the World

Friday, October 17 2:30pm-4:00pm

Rethinking the “Colossus of Roads”: Transportation Infrastructure and the Development of British Columbia

Saturday, October 18 10:30am-12:00pm

The Mining West and the World

Saturday, October 18 2:30pm-4:00pm

Rethinking Nature with Boom: A Journal of California

Remembering Norris Hundley – Pioneer Scholar, Mentor, Teacher, and Editor of the Pacific Historical Review

And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out digital history sessions. The Technology Committee, of which I am a part, is sponsoring another Six Shooters lightning session this year on Thursday 2:30pm-5pm. There’s rumors of a cupcake reception afterwards. Presenters are limited to six minutes and six slides. We have some great speakers lined up already and we will be announcing them soon.

Finally, I am also chairing the panel “Western Encounters, Alliances, and Experiences: Mormons, Indians, and U.S. Federal Law” on Saturday, 8:30am-10:00am. The full program is here.

If you’re going to be at the Western, get in touch and let’s go grab coffee. Or the beach.

17 July 2014 · @jaheppler