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2015 Call for Papers and Session Proposals

Utah State History invites the public, scholars, students, and organizations to submit proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, or multi-media presentations exploring Utah’s multicultural past. The conference theme is “Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past.” Sessions for the 63rd annual Utah State History conference will be held October 2, 2015 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

Utah’s history is enriched by the study of a host of peoples, experiences, and voices. The histories of ethnicity, gender, work, and family, from the perspective of ordinary people, do more than pepper diversity in Utah history: they fundamentally change and enhance our understanding of the state and its past. These histories are ones of empowerment, creativity, and survival, as well as conquest, dispossession, and prejudice. We urge presenters to draw upon Utah’s rich historical literature and expand on it by telling new stories, making history available in new ways, and engaging partners to widen our public dialogue.

The 2015 Program Committee invites proposals that explore the role of cultural groups in the formation of the state’s identity and social and political institutions. We’ll also consider proposals on all areas of Utah history. We welcome a range of formats, from the traditional panels and sessions to more innovative formats. We strongly encourage full session or panel submissions, though we will make every effort to match single paper proposals with other panels and papers.

Proposals are due April 1, 2015. Each proposal must include:

  • Each paper proposal, whether individual or in a session, should include a one-paragraph abstract (250-word limit) detailing the presentation and its significance. Submissions for entire sessions or panels should include a brief abstract (250 words) that outlines the purpose of the session
  • Bio (100-word limit) and accompanying c.v. with address, phone, and email for each participant
  • Audio-visual requirements
  • Your permission, if selected, for media interviews, session audio/visual recordings, and electronic sessions or podcasts during or in advance of the conference. The Division of State History will use these recording in its effort to meet its history-related mission.

To submit a proposal, send an abstract and name(s) of presenter(s), accompanied with supporting materials, to

For questions about submissions, contact either Holly George at 801-245-7257 or or Jedediah Rogers at 801-245-7209 or

For general conference information, please contact Alycia Aldrich at 801-245-7226 or