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Historias de Nuevomexico Conference


Conference Theme

Querencia Interrupted: Hispano and Native American Experiences of the Manhattan Project

October 12 - 14, 2017
Northern New Mexico College, Española Campus Northern Rio Grande Heritage Center
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This year’s conference theme: Querencia Interrupted: Native American and Hispanic Experiences of the Manhattan Project– is an effort to honor and acknowledge the importance of (re)membering the people, stories, and places that contribute(d) to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since the original displacement of Native American and Hispanic peoples from the Pajarito Plateau to the inclusion of Natives and Hispanos as a local workforce that made the Manhattan Project possible, New Mexicans have been actively involved and impacted by the scientific laboratory.

The Historias de Nuevo Mexico/Histories of New Mexico conference recognizes the complex ways in which New Mexicans connect to and think about the multiple concepts of what it means to have a homeland. In October 2017, we will convene to dialogue about the critical contributions of Nuevomexicanas/os to the Manhattan Project, how the Project’s implications continue to shape the region of north central New Mexico, and the many complex understandings of citizens’ relationships to “the lab,” as it is known locally.

This is an interdisciplinary historical conference that examines the multiple histories of New Mexico. We invite scholars, writers, and artists from any concerned discipline and from the community at large to help us examine the theme. As the practice of history is ultimately a collective effort to be shared and created in a common space, this conference will merge the spheres of academic and community scholarship.  


Call for Papers

We welcome all proposals, but will give special consideration to proposals that address the following:


• Native American and Hispanic experiences of the Manhattan Project
• The Origins of Los Alamos National Laboratory
• Oral histories from people who worked in Los Alamos before/during Manhattan Project
• Women employees of the Manhattan Project
• Pre- LANL New Mexico - Host communities and the implications of LANL
• Up and Downwinders: Health effects of LANL and the Trinity Site
• Economic and livelihood impacts of the labs
• Cultural and Environmental Impacts of the Manhattan Project
• Hispanic and Native American Participation in World War II
• Japanese Internment Camps in New Mexico
• Nuclear History/Nuclear Colonization
• 50th Anniversary of the Tijerina Courthouse Raids
• 170th Anniversary of Guadalupe-Hidalgo
• Trails and Commerce – Labor Identities
• Women and Children in New Mexico
• Peoples, Places, and Cultures

When submitting a panel or individual paper, include a 250-word abstract that outlines the panel and/or paper. Each panel proposal, whether individual or part of a session, should include a one- paragraph abstract and a one-page c.v., including address, phone, and email address for each participant. Indicate AV equipment needs, if any. We welcome paper/panel submissions, as well as performances, readings, workshops, roundtable discussions, etc.

Email each submission, with supporting materials, as a single document (PDF) to:

Or send by Mail to:

Historias NM, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, PO Box 610, Española, NM 87532.

Deadline July 14, 2017.