Call For Papers: The 57th Annual Utah State History Conference, September 17-19, 2009

By March 2, 2009

I haven’t seen this CFP mentioned in the ‘Nacle (but then again, I haven’t been too up on the ‘Nacle lately, so if this is old news, please forgive the repeat info), so I thought I’d put in a plug for it. I was able to attend last year (see my notes: part 1, part 2), and it was a splendid little conference.  Though I truly was surprised at how small and intimate it was.  I’d love to see more of my fellow history nuts there this year.

This year’s theme is: We Shall Remain.

Proposals should include a one-page description of the topic and its significance, any audio visual needs, mailing address and telephone number participants, and a one or two paragraph biography of each participant.  Proposals for individual papers or sessions should be submitted before June 4, 2009. Proposals can be mailed to Kent Powell at Utah State Historical Society, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, 84101-1182, or emailed to For further information please call (801) 533-3520

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  1. Thanks for this reminder, Jared; I was wondering yesterday if I had missed the deadline.

    For anyone wondering whether they’d ever really dare to stand up and deliver a paper, this is the place to start. It’s the friendliest, most supportive conference I know of, encouraging new voices and topics far beyond the usual ones that have been beaten to death in other meetings.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — March 2, 2009 @ 9:37 am

  2. I agree with Ardis. Stan, Chris, and I presented papers at this conference in 2007 and it was a very enjoyable experience.

    Comment by David G. — March 2, 2009 @ 10:43 am

  3. Thanks Jared for this! I check their site every couple of weeks and it looks like they just posted it. It is now up at

    Comment by Kent (MC) — March 2, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

  4. Thanks, Kent. I guess I was just lucky in seeing it 🙂

    Comment by Jared T — March 2, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  5. The theme doesn’t ring a bell for me; what are they looking for?

    Comment by BHodges — March 2, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

  6. I think they are just looking for anything that has to do with Utah history. I’m not sure if they generally don’t have enough scholars present so they leave it open ended or if they have so many submissions that they are being lazy.

    Comment by Kent (MC) — March 2, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

  7. “We Shall Remain” is the title of an upcoming KUED (UofU/Salt Lake’s PBS station) series on the history of the five tribes native to Utah; I don’t know the origin of the phrase but am guessing that it will be made clear in the broadcast. The series is scheduled for April and May. KUED, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and other local organizations are sponsoring a lot of local events tied into that program — the theme for the state history meeting would seem to be part of the package.

    The state history meetings always accept some papers that are not tied closely to the theme. Just be sure to cast your proposal as a *Utah* rather than a *Mormon* topic.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — March 2, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

  8. That is, while your paper can have a lot of Mormon content, you need to spin it as being of interest to residents of the state, not as something attractive only to church members.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — March 2, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

  9. Here’s a link to the “We Shall Remain” website, with a trailer. It ends by having Tecumseh saying, “The master of life has appointed this place for us to light our fires, and here we shall remain.” Perserverence in the face of military conquest and forced assimilation is a basic theme of Native American identity and historiography. But, my guess is that only a few of the papers presented at the conference will deal with Natives, so I wonder how applicable it is as a theme.

    Comment by David G. — March 2, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

  10. But, from the website I linked to, it doesn’t look like that documentary focuses on the Utah nations, so I guess they must be separate documentaries? But that’s strange that PBS would promote two documentaries with the same name at the same time.

    Comment by David G. — March 2, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

  11. Ok, it looks like they’re related projects. Here’s the KUED segment’s website:

    Comment by David G. — March 2, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

  12. I talked to Kent Powell (Director of Historical Programs at Utah State History) today about the conference’s We Shall Remain theme.

    The theme is meant to tie in with the keynote speaker who will present on Native American history. They will also have some panels on that subject. But Kent assured me that there would be plenty of spaces for papers on non-Native American topics at the conference as well.

    Comment by Brandon — March 3, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

  13. Thanks for checking on that, Brandon. Sounds like it’s going to be a good conference.

    Comment by David G. — March 3, 2009 @ 4:02 pm


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