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Call for Proposals: Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains

SIOUX FALLS – A call for proposals has been issued for the 42nd annual Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains to be held April 23-24 at the Center for Western Studies on the campus of Augustana College.

Western Highways: Journeys through Space & Time is the theme for the spring conference. The focus will be on paths, trails, roads, and highways that crisscross the Northern Plains and their impact on the lives of indigenous and immigrant people. Previous conferences on the theme of transportation considered railroads (2007) and rivers (2008).

Travel by foot, horse, cart, wagon, stagecoach, bicycle, motorcycle, and automobile – “from moccasins to motorcycles” – will be considered, but also spiritual and metaphorical road journeys. For example, there will be sessions on “Plains Indian History: The Road Ahead” and “The Journey to Wounded Knee Reconciliation.” Proposals for papers and sessions addressing any aspect of road travel in the Northern Plains are welcome.

Send a one-page paper or session proposal with title, brief description, and biographical sketch, along with presenter name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, to Dr. Harry Thompson, Dakota Conference Director, The Center for Western Studies, 2001 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57197. Proposals are due on or before February 5, 2010.

Cash awards of $150 and $100 in academic, non-academic, student, and women’s history categories are available.