Call for Papers

Historias de Nuevomejico: A Centennial Conference on the Histories of New Mexico

Northern New Mexico College, El Rito Campus

Date: October 12-13, 2012

Submission Guidelines:

The New Mexico Centennial will have a celebration of the incorporation of the “contested homelands” of Native and Hispano peoples into the United States at its core.  When told from the perspective of dominant United States history, this incorporation is always presented as an inevitable chapter in the acquisition of what we now know as the U.S. Southwest.  New Mexico history is most often presented as a linear timeline of nation-state rule – from Spain to Mexico to the United States – without a critical examination of race, gender, sexualities, and cultural geographies.  From this perspective there is a single story to how New Mexico, as part of the West, was won. However, academic and community scholars of New Mexico history understand that the “inevitability” of statehood was incumbent on several shifts of power and politics starting from long before 1912, perhaps even centuries before. What happens when the single story of New Mexico history is re-configured not as a single timeline of events but as a multitude of inter-related experiences and perspectives of peoples both well known and obscure?  How can we better understand 100 years of statehood by addressing the histories (plural) of New Mexico through the perspectives of all its peoples?

This is an interdisciplinary historical conference. We invite scholars from any concerned discipline and from the community at large to re-examine the contested histories of New Mexico statehood through original research on the origins, implications and complications of New Mexico’s multicultural and multilingual heritage.  As the practice of history is ultimately a collective effort to be shared and created in a common space, this conference will merge the spheres of academic and community scholarship.  We will convene at one of New Mexico’s oldest institutions of higher education, the El Rito Campus in El Rito, NM. 

When submitting a panel or individual paper, include a 300-word abstract that outlines the purpose of the panel and/or paper.  For panels, please designate one participant as the contact person and include titles for each talk. Each proposal, whether individual or part of a session, should include a one- paragraph abstract and a one-page c.v., including address, phone, and email address for each participant. Indicate AV equipment needs, if any. The committee assumes that all listed individuals have agreed to participate.  We welcome paper/panel submissions, as well as performances, readings, workshops, roundtable discussions, etc.

 Email each submission, with supporting materials, as a single document (PDF) to: or send by mail service to: Patricia Trujillo, Ph.D, Department of Humanities, Northern New Mexico College, 921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532.

 DEADLINE EXTENDED! SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY August 31, 2012.  Acceptance notices will be sent by September 7, 2012. 

Patricia Trujillo,
Aug 20, 2012, 6:50 PM