2022 Shawnee Trail Conference Call-for-Papers

In the early nineteenth century, the Shawnee Trail conveyed cattle from Texas pasture-lands to Missouri railheads and thence the nation. Drawing on this spirit of regional connections and networks of exchange, the Shawnee Trail Conference was launched in 2015 as a way for scholars throughout the Midwest to share their research on topics related to American politics and constitutionalism with colleagues in a serious but convivial setting. Over time, the conference has outgrown its regional roots to become a national gathering that draws professors and graduate students from both coasts to a location in the middle of the United States for a day of roundtable paper presentations and lively conversation.

Conference organizers are currently accepting paper proposals for the 2022 Shawnee Trail Conference, to be held on Friday, April 29, in Waco, TX. Submissions are open to scholars of all ranks in departments of Political Science, History, Law, and related disciplines, and the conference welcomes papers on all aspects of American politics and constitutionalism, broadly defined to encompass political and constitutional development, political thought, and public law. See the Call-for-Papers link below for more information.

Paper proposals and queries should be sent to Dr. Curt Nichols, curt_nichols@baylor.edu, by January 31, 2022. Formal conference invitations will be made in early February, with working papers to be distributed no later than early April.