Annual Conference

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Morgan University Center

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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

Non-members may also register after September 1, 2020 online at the CBBS store or download the registration form or request one by calling (432) 837-8179, faxing (432) 837-8381, e-mailing

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.

Abstracts for the 2020 conference are due October 3.