Western Society for French History


45the Annual Conference: Diasporas, Displacements, and Migrants

Reno, Nevada

2-4 November 2017



45th Annual Conference:
Diasporas, Displacements, and Migrants


PROGRAM [Updated, 10/23]

The forty-fifth annual conference of the Western Society for French History will be held from November 2-4 in Reno, Nevada. The theme for this year’s conference is “Diasporas, Displacements, and Migrations,” and engages with diverse human experiences of relocation, both forced and voluntary, and invites reflection on large-scale human displacements, both past and present, and the long-term consequences they generate. Our keynote speakers will be Tyler Stovall (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Annette Becker (Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense).

The University of Nevada, Reno is the home to the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies, which is co-sponsoring the conference. The conference will highlight the Basques and their vibrant culture, and participants will be able to sample Basque cuisine at the Friday business luncheon. The Basque experience reflects the conference theme, and our aim is to bring aspects of Basque culture to the program so that participants can appreciate the historic importance of the Basque people in the Great Basin Region of the American West.

This year the conference organizers are introducing a new format: a linked Conference Plenary Roundtable and Conference Workshop.  Following on last year’s excellent discussion at the roundtable “Crisis in French History?” we have planned the roundtable “Addressing Structural Racism in French History and French Historical Studies,” followed by a related workshop in which we hope colleagues can explore in more depth pedagogical questions raised by the roundtable discussion.  If you are interested in exploring strategies for engaging with questions of race in your classrooms, please plan to attend this inaugural Conference Workshop.

As in recent years, the WSFH will identify several panels to be recorded and/or webcasted. Twitter hashtag: #wsfh2017. Follow the WSFH on Twitter here, and like us on Facebook here.

The Program Committee consists of Naomi Andrews, Chair (Santa Clara University), J.P. Daughton (Stanford University), Katharine Hamerton (Columbia College, Chicago), Judith Miller (Emory University), Leslie Tuttle (Louisiana State University), and Robin Walz (University of Alaska Southeast). The Local Arrangements Committee is chaired by Sandy Ott (University of Nevada, Reno).


The conference will be held at the Whitney Peak Hotel in the heart of downtown Reno. When booking your room, use this link, or use the group rate code FRENCH2017 (if entering the code, this should be entered before searching for rooms, by clicking where it says, "Have a Promo or Group Code? Enter it now.") Recently refurbished to a high standard, Whitney Peak is the first non-gaming, non-smoking hotel in town and is in easy walking distance to the popular “river walk” along the Truckee River. Whitney Peak offers conference participants exceptionally low room rates: $89 per night for a Deluxe King/Queen; $129 for Concierge Level King/Queen; and only $45 per night for graduate students (*Grad student rates can only be obtained by making a phone reservation). The hotel also features the world’s tallest exterior climbing wall (16 stories) and a 7,000 square-foot indoor climbing park (not for the faint-hearted). Downtown Reno is only ten minutes away from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

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Please remember that all conference participants must be WSFH members in good standing at the time of the conference. Membership fees: $65 for faculty; $35 for graduate students. Registration fees for this conference: $190 for full-time faculty, $75 for graduate students and non-full-time scholars. The plenary and business lunches are $37 each.

Mentoring Program

The WSFH is inaugurating a mentoring program for its members and conference attendees. Given the current political climate and restrictions on travel, creating support networks is all the more important. The WSFH mentoring program is one way to further create community among scholars of the Francophone world. We envision this program as one that will lead to new connections, conversations, and collaborations, stimulating discussions about research, careers in academe, teaching, publishing, networking, and intergenerational memory of the field. In advance of each annual meeting, we will put out a call for potential mentors/mentees who are planning to attend the conference. The expectation is that mentoring pairs will meet for coffee or a meal at the annual meeting or, if not attending, will have a conversation via email, phone or Skype. We encourage mentors and mentees to continue to talk after we have facilitated this initial meeting.

This is a call for members who are interested in mentoring or being mentored at the upcoming meeting in Reno, NV (2-4 November 2017). If you are interested in taking part in this program, please email mentoring@wsfh.org by (DATE) with the following info:

  1. Name, Institution, Rank
  2. Research Field(s) and Teaching Interest
  3. Specify either interest in: 1) being mentored or 2) serving as a mentor
  4. Goals for mentoring meet-up (career advice, discussion of research, etc.)
  5. Whether or not you will be at the WSFH in Reno
  6. OPTIONAL: types or names of specific individuals with whom you would like to be paired (military historian, LGBTQ historian, African-American female scholar, Naomi Andrews, etc.)

Thanks for your interest and support!

Future Conference Locations

  • 2018 Portland, ME
  • 2019 Bozeman, MT
  • 2020 Victoria, British Columbia

Previous Conference Programs

Click on the links to find recent conference programs. Any scholars who can provide electronic copies of programs from earlier conferences should contact the WSFH secretary.