Every fall the Center for Big Bend Studies hosts a two-day conference in the Morgan University Center on the campus of Sul Ross State University.
The conference brings together historians, archaeologists, folklorists and other researchers studying the past and present of the Big Bend region and northern Mexico.
Attending the Conference
Conference attendees are also invited to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends at the complimentary Friday night social, followed by our annual banquet.
Center for Big Bend Studies members will receive a registration form in the mail several weeks before the conference that offers a discount for CBBS members and a discounted price for early registration. Registration can also be completed online at the CBBS store beginning in October.
Non-members may also register after October 1, 2019 online at the CBBS store or by downloading the registration form or requesting one by calling (432) 837-8179, faxing (432) 837-8381, e-mailing email@example.com.
Submitting Papers and Instructions for Presenters
Presentations are allotted 30 minutes, and we recommend that the presentation itself last no more than 20 minutes, to leave time for questions. If you would like to present, please complete the Call for Papers form and send materials to the Center for Big Bend Studies. For detailed instructions for presenters, see the Instructions page.
Presentations should focus on prehistoric, historic and modern cultures of the Borderlands Region of the United States and Mexico, with emphasis on the area encompassed by the greater Big Bend region of Texas or adjacent areas of West Texas and northern Mexico. Please prepare a Powerpoint slideshow to accompany your talk.
All presenters are encouraged to write up their presentation as a formal paper after the conference and submit it for consideration in the next fall's Journal of Big Bend Studies. Selected papers will be edited and published. It is not required that journal papers be presented at the conference, but all conference presenters may then write a paper on their or another topic and submit it to the journal. All papers are required to follow a specific format which can be referenced here.
The dates for the 2018 Conference are November 9 and 10.
|Manuel Mejía Armijo||A History of the Guitarilla|
|Troy Ainsworth||Architectural Modernity and the “Americanization” of El Paso in the 1880s|
|Felix D. Almaraz Jr.||The Texas Connection to the Legend of the Lady in Blue, 1685–1716|
|Melleta Bell, Lisa Zakharova, and April Aultman Becker||An Overview of the Archives of the Big Bend – Past, Present, Future|
|Erika Blecha||Current and Future Archaeological Investigations on the 02 Ranch|
|Roger Boren||The Archaeology of Acquisition: The 1920s Excavations at Bee Cave Rockshelter, Brewster County, Texas|
|Al Borrego||Casa Ronquillo, the Viceroy Palace|
|Jorge Carrera Robles||Opening of the Regional Museum of Ojinaga|
|Samuel Cason||Late Archaic Transitions in the Big Bend|
|William A. Cloud, Bill Millet, and José Aguilar Moreno||Background and Update on the CBBS-INAH Memorandum of Understanding|
|Marty Davis||Passing Through Indian Territory: Two Centuries of Indian Territory Maps, 1750–1950|
|Glen Sample Ely||(Banquet Speaker) Butterfield Overland Mail in the Big Bend|
|Charles Frederick||Assessing Albritton and Bryan’s Peripheral Localities: A Look at Recent Fieldwork|
|Tim Gibbs||Sipping from the Firehose: Developing a Programmatic Monitoring Plan for Big Bend Ranch State Park|
|Taylor Greer||Polished Pebbles and Cordage Variability in Spirit Eye Cave|
|Mark Howe||Explorations, History and Archeology along the Rio Grande|
|David W. Keller||The Massacre at Porvenir: What New Evidence Reveals and Historic Preservation Efforts at Big Bend National Park|
|Wayne Warren Kinney||Reevaluation of the Evidence of Prehistoric Use of Mushrooms in the Big Bend|
|Tai Kreidler||The Life and Times of Joe Don Looney|
|Miguel Angel Mazarambroz||Caminos Reales, Old King’s Highways from Spanish Times|
|José Aguilar Moreno||INAH-Coahuila’s Efforts along the Border: San Juan Bautista and Mission San Bernardo|
|Juan Morlock||Desperation Mesa: A Stone Enclosure and Structural Site on the Pinto Canyon Ranch|
|Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta||A Presidio in the Sand: The Presidio San Carlos Archaeological Project, Preliminary Results|
|Alberto Peña Rodriguez||The Casas Grandes Culture|
|Bryon Schroeder||Maize, Baskets, and Atlatls: The Radiocarbon Record from Spirit Eye Cave in West Texas|
|Ty Smith||Camp el Rio, Texas, 1875–1923|
|Richard Stark||Agave Bloom-stalk Ovens in the Southern Chihuahuan Desert|
|Leland Turner||The Livestock Lobby and its Battle for the Hepburn Act|
|Martha Vera||A Visit to Ágreda, Spain|
|Richard Walter||Not Just Another Fish Tale: Ichthyoarchaeology along the Rio Grande and the Río Conchos in the Big Bend and Northern Chihuahua|
|Bill Wright||The Whole Damn Cheese: Maggie Smith, Border Legend|
|Richard Wright||Utilities and Governance at Valentine in the 1970s|
|Lisa Zakharova||Mary Kilpatrick Howard: Merchant, Landowner, Teacher, and Administratrix|
|See Full Schedule Here|
☆ Abstracts for the 2019 conference are due October 3.