The Center for Big Bend Studies hosts a two-day conference in the Morgan University Center on the campus of Sul Ross State University every fall. 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 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 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

Presenting at the Conference

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.

All presenters are encouraged to write up their presentation as a formal paper following the conference and submit it for consideration for the next fall's Journal of Big Bend Studies. It is not required that journal papers be presented at the conference, but all conference presenters may write a paper on their presentation topic 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 2021 conference are due October 3.


CBBS Store

Downloadable Registration Form (available in Sept.)

Conference Location

For Presenters

Call for Papers Form

Instructions for Presenters

Format for Paper Submissions