2018 Call for Papers

Annual Meeting of the Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America Hosted by Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah
Heber City, Utah
November 1-3, 2018

Theme: New Colonial Histories of Latin America
Proposals Due: June 21, 2018


The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America invites proposals for its annual meeting from November 1 to 3, 2018. The Southwest Seminar is a collaborative effort among specialists from across the American Southwest dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to the study of colonial Latin America. This year’s meeting will take place in the picturesque Wasatch Mountains at Utah Valley University’s Heber City campus.

The Seminar’s annual meetings are conceived as welcoming and supportive venues to exchange ideas and to encourage collegiality and conviviality among colonial Latin Americanists of varied backgrounds and diverse research interests. From graduate students to senior faculty, the ten participants will present works in progress, including dissertation chapters, articles in development, or pieces of larger works. The papers will be pre-circulated among the participants and will receive substantial and supportive commentary and discussion. The preeminent Latin American historian Professor Bianca Premo from Florida International University will serve as Senior Discussant for the 2018 seminar.

This year, the seminar will be launching a new book series called Routledge Research in New Colonial Histories of Latin AmericaThe series showcases new scholarship on Spanish and Portuguese colonial history, from innovative approaches to transregional and transcontinental comparisons to original empirical studies of local history. Seminar participants may be invited to submit proposals of monographs for this exciting new series.

Submissions should include an abstract (no longer than three hundred words) and an abbreviated CV (no longer than two pages). We welcome English- and Spanish-language proposals from scholars at any career stage. A selection of scholars will be invited to participate; the Seminar will cover local housing and meal expenses. Invited participants will introduce their respective pre-circulated works in progress (no longer than 10,000 words) and may serve as primary commentators for another participant’s work.

The Southwest Seminar is supported by the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, the University of Arizona, University of California-San Diego, University of Texas-El Paso, University of Texas, San Antonio, University of Colorado, Denver, and Utah Valley University.

Please send proposals, with the abstract and abbreviated CV, to theSouthwestSeminar@gmail.com. To be considered, proposals must be received by June 21, 2018.  Acceptance notifications will be circulated in early July. For additional information, please contact the local host, Mark Lentz (mlentz@uvu.edu), and seminar organizer, R.A. Kashanipour (ra.kashanipour@nau.edu).