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The next Annual Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, the 123rd, will take place in Corpus Christi at the Omni Corpus Christi, 900 N. Shoreline. Attendees can expect sessions cover a wide range of topics and special events. More information will be posted at as it becomes available. In the meanwhile, we are already looking forward to the 2020 Annual Meeting, the 124th, which will be in Austin. A call for papers for that meeting follows. [End Page 202]

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At right: A beach scene in Corpus Christi, Texas, 1940s. Photo by John Vachon. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

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Calls for Papers

The Texas State Historical Association will hold its 124th Annual Meeting, February 27–February 29, 2020, in Austin, and the program committee is now calling for proposals for sessions and papers to be presented at the meeting. Proposals for the 2020 Austin meeting must be received by February 1, 2019.

A complete session proposal includes the following: session title; complete name, address, phone number, a one-page vita, and institutional affiliation (or hometown, in the case of lay historians) of the session chairman, paper presenters (either two or three), and commentator (for sessions with two paper presenters); titles of the two or three individual papers; and a brief summary of each paper.

Each complete session is strictly limited to seventy-five minutes. To allow time for introductions and questions, each presentation in three-paper sessions should not exceed twenty minutes (about ten typewritten pages) and in two-paper sessions, each should be limited to twenty-five minutes (about twelve pages).

Papers presented should not have been delivered at a scholarly meeting or published prior to the 2020 Texas State Historical Association meeting. There are no objections to the papers being given again or published after the meeting.

Individuals may submit a proposal for a single paper rather than a complete session. Although single papers are often difficult to combine into coherent sessions, committee members will make every effort to include such proposals in the program.

Individuals who participate in the TSHA's annual programs may present a paper once every three years or serve as a commentator once every two years. Session chairs may repeat annually, although the committee will make every effort to avoid repetition.

Individuals who are to present papers at the 2020 meeting will be required to have a copy of their paper and a one-page vita in the hands of their session chairman and session commentator (in two-paper sessions) at least a month prior to the meeting.

As much as possible, participants in a given session should be from different institutions. Historians from outside Texas, but doing work in Texas-related studies, are encouraged to participate.

The program worksheet can be downloaded from Proposals should be submitted by mail to 3001 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703 or electronically to Ronald. Questions may be directed to Matt Abigail at 512-471-2600 or [End Page 204]


Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA) has announced the first biennial symposium of its Global Borders and Borderlands History Program, "The Power of Borders: Historical Perspectives on Unity and Division in Global Borderlands," April 19–20, 2019. The two-day symposium will consist of a Friday afternoon field trip and an evening reception, followed by one full day (Saturday) of panels with a lunchtime keynote address by historian Brian DeLay.

Borders and borderlands have the power to simultaneously unite and divide the people living in and around them. Scholars studying all parts of the world recognize the importance of borders and borderlands not only in the geopolitical sense, but also in how they affect economics, diplomacy, culture, society, and human identity. The symposium organizers welcome individual paper and full-panel proposals from persons who study the role of borders—and the complex "borderlands" they create—in shaping global historical narratives. Submissions are encouraged from scholars of all fields of study—including...


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