2020 Conference –
An important message from the WAWH President:
Dear WAWH community,
The spread of COVID-19 in the United States has lead some universities and academic communities to cancel classes, conferences, and other in-person gatherings where the virus may spread. Some universities are also beginning to restrict or limit faculty and student travel, and individuals may be wary of traveling at this time.
WAWH’s Executive Board met this afternoon regarding COVID-19 and our April 2020 conference. We have decided to cancel the conference.
We will be holding our 2021 conference at the same location, the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA, in April 2021 (specific dates to be announced).
I am sure you have many questions about the consequences of this decision for the conference program, registration payments, hotel reservations, and awards and prizes; our Executive Director, Sarah Gold McBride, will follow up in the next few days with more detailed information about all of these issues.
We are so grateful to you for your patience and understanding as we make this difficult decision and figure out our next steps as an organization.
Thank you, and take care,
Updated March 13, 2020
2020 Annual Awards update
Despite the cancellation of this year’s conference, the WAWH still want to honor the great work produced by our members, and so the Executive Board decided to proceed with giving out the 2020 awards and prizes. (The only award we will defer this year is the Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Perry Graduate Student Conference Poster Prize, since it is difficult to replicate without an in-person conference.) More info and email to members coming soon.
Updated March 18, 2020
Founded in 1969, the Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) is the largest regional women’s historical association in the United States. WAWH holds an annual spring conference for the presentation of scholarly work, new research, the discussion of teaching methods, writing, and other issues of importance to women scholars.
Registration is closed for WAWH’s 52nd Annual Conference that would have been held April 23-25, 2020 at the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa, California. For the future: Presenters must register for the conference my March 26; for all other attendees, the advanced registration deadline is April 2. On-site registration is available for attendees at a higher rate.
All presenters must be WAWH members. Attendees will receive a discounted registration rate. If you need to renew or purchase a membership, use this secure online form. Not sure if your membership is current? Send Sarah Gold McBride, our Executive Director, an email!
Rooms at the Ayers Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach are available to WAWH conference attendees at a reduced rate of $139 per night. Internet, parking at the hotel and a shuttle to and from John Wayne Airport (SNA) are all included.
To find out about reservations, call the hotel at 1-800-322-9992, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Our group reference code: 12835. These special rates were good through April 2, 2020.
Traveling to WAWH
For those planning to fly, John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the closest and most proximate to the conference venue. The Ayers Hotel offers a free shuttle for those staying at the hotel. For those who plan to travel by car, parking is offered free to guests of the Ayers Hotel.
WAWH Membership, 2019-2020
Members of the Western Association of Women Historians receive lower conference rates. Membership for the 2019-2020 membership year makes the member eligible for the 2020 WAWH awards and prizes and to present at the 2020 WAWH conference. A three-year membership makes the member eligible to apply for awards or to present through the 2022 conference.
To initiate a new membership, renew your membership or gift a membership please use our secure online Membership form.
2020 Conference FAQs
Please visit our Conference FAQs for information about:
- What you should expect and responsibilities of panelists, roundtable speakers, chairs/moderators, commenters, workshop participants, poster presenters; session time, session technology and some key presenter do’s and don’ts.
- Funding for graduate students.
- How teachers/faculty/professions can make WAWH a good experience, especially for graduate students.
- Poster sessions.
- Meal options during the conference.
- Opportunities to socialize.
- The Dessert and Champagne Book Launch.
- The WAWH Mixer.
- If you are on the program but have an emergency and cannot attend.
- Thoughts about if it is fine to come in for a few hours for your panel and then leave.
- If you have a problem during the conference.
- Tweeting at the conference.
- WAWH policy on harassment and inclusion.
- How to get more involved in WAWH.
If you have any unanswered questions, please contact our Executive Director, Sarah Gold McBride.
2020 Call For Papers
The Western Association of Women Historians invites proposals for panels, roundtables, posters, workshops, and individual presentations in all fields, regions, and periods of history.
We particularly encourage non-traditional formats and topics. These could include panels and roundtables focused on pedagogy, women in academia, public history, digital humanities, academic publishing, career paths, activism, etc. We also strongly encourage participants to replace the traditional 20-minute paper reading with shorter and more interactive presentation styles. We expect that all panels will be diverse in their composition.
Priority will be given to proposals for complete or partially complete sessions. Individual papers will be considered secondarily; we strongly encourage participants interested in submitting an individual paper to seek out fellow panelists for collaboration via our online spreadsheet, and to contact the Program Committee early to ask about possible chairs and/or commentators.
WAWH welcomes scholars in all careers and at all career stages.
Membership and Registration Requirement: WAWH membership and 2020 conference preregistration will be required of all conference presenters. The membership year runs conference to conference. Membership is open to all, and membership fees range from $25–$60 per year based on income.
Deadline for submissions for the 2020 Conference was October 31, 2019