Call for Papers
“World War II and the Home Front in Southern California”
Annual Conference of the Historical Society of Southern California
Saturday, January 21, 2017
University of La Verne, La Verne, California
How did WWII affect the economy, society, and culture of Southern California? This one-day conference explores this question from various angles, including how the themes of race, class and gender influenced and shaped war preparations on the home front. We are seeking proposals for individual papers and panels or roundtable discussions on a variety of subjects related to this vital and transformational era in the region’s history. Scholars often argue, for example, that WWII “ended the Depression” in America, but in what ways precisely did it affect Southern California, and who benefited from the many jobs and contracts of the defense industry? Please join us for an on-going discussion about how this war made a lasting impact on Southern Californian institutions, industries, traditions, and people. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* The defense industry in Southern California
* Women in war preparations
* The draft
* Zoot Suit Riots
* Internment of Japanese Americans
* Hollywood and the war
Those submitting individual papers should include a 250-word abstract and a one-page c.v. Those submitting panel or roundtable proposals should include a brief (100-word) description of the panel, a 250-word abstract for each presentation, and a one-page c.v. for each panel or roundtable participant. AV requests should be included for each presenter in the proposal. All program participants will be expected to pre-register for the conference.
Proposals are due Thursday, September 15, 2016, by 11:59PM PT. Please email your proposal information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact HSSC Executive Director Amy Essington at email@example.com with any questions.