The Western Society for French History


45th Annual Conference: Diasporas, Displacements, and Migrations

Western Society for French History
Reno, Nevada
2-4 November 2017

The forty-fifth annual conference of the Western Society for French History will be held from November 2-4 in Reno, Nevada. The theme for this year’s conference is “Diasporas, Displacements, and Migrations,” and engages with diverse human experiences of relocation, both forced and voluntary, and invites reflection on large-scale human displacements, both past and present, and the long-term consequences they generate. Our keynote speakers will be Tyler Stovall (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Annette Becker (Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense).

While we encourage panels that address the broad theme of “Diasporas, Displacements, and Migrations,” we also welcome sessions that focus on other topics of interest to our scholarly community, from the medieval to the contemporary, both within and beyond the Hexagon. The WSFH encourages interdisciplinary panels and the participation of advanced graduate students.

The University of Nevada, Reno is the home to the Center for Basque Studies, which is co-sponsoring the conference. The conference will highlight the Basques and their vibrant culture through singing and dance performances, and participants will be able to sample Basque cuisine and wines, such as txakoli. The Basque experience reflects the conference theme, and our aim is to bring aspects of Basque culture to the program so that participants can appreciate the historic importance of the Basque people in the Great Basin Region of the American West.

Proposals: DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2017

We encourage individuals to organize complete panels of three papers, a commentator, and chair. This year the organizers particularly welcome submissions that do not fit the usual conference format, such as a workshop panel focusing on a theoretical issue, or a panel discussion that engages with current issues pertinent to the profession. We also seek panels that make innovative use of digital technologies or experiment with different forms of presentation, such as a Pecha Kucha session. If you are interested in any of these alternatives, or have other creative ideas, please contact us.

Please send proposals for panels (preferred) or individual papers as a Microsoft Word attachment to Naomi Andrews, WSFH President and Program Committee Chair, at

Please note the following format requests from the Committee:

• Panel proposals should include the word “panel” and several key words or the title of the panel in the document name, e.g., panel_keywords.docx

• Individual papers should, likewise, include the word “paper” and the paper title in the name of the document.

• Panel proposals should include the following items, integrated into a single Word document: 1) A cover page with the name of the panel and the panel organizer, contact information and an affiliation for each panel member, the commentator, and the chair, any AV needs. (Note that the commentator and the chair should not be the same person.) 2) A paper abstract and one-page CV for each panelist.

The Program Committee consists of Naomi Andrews, Chair (Santa Clara University), J.P. Daughton (Stanford University), Katharine Hamerton (Columbia College, Chicago), Judith Miller (Emory University), Leslie Tuttle (Louisiana State University), and Robin Walz (University of Alaska Southeast). The Local Arrangements Committee is chaired by Sandy Ott (University of Nevada, Reno).


The conference will be held at the Whitney Peak Hotel in the heart of downtown Reno. Recently refurbished to a high standard, Whitney Peak is the first non-gaming, non-smoking hotel in town and is in easy walking distance to the popular “river walk” along the Truckee River. Whitney Peak offers conference participants exceptionally low room rates ($89 per night for a Deluxe King/Queen; $129 for Concierge Level King/Queen; and only $45 per night for graduate students). The hotel also features the world’s tallest exterior climbing wall (16 stories) and a 7,000 square-foot indoor climbing park (not for the faint-hearted). Downtown Reno is only ten minutes away from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Please remember that all conference participants must be WSFH members in good standing at the time of the conference. RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP here.

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