VAF 2022 Annual Meeting 

May 18-21, 2022
San Antonio, Texas

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VAF San Antonio 2022 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, May 18th Opening Reception & Awards

8:30 am - 4:00 pm  Board Meeting, Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk, 105 South St. Mary's Street

12:30 - 4:00 pm   Registration, 4th Floor, Trinity Room, Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk 

4:30 - 5:45 pm  Opening Reception, Southwestern School of Art Courtyard, 300 Augusta Street       

6:00 - 7:30 pm Keynote Address & VAF Awards, Southwestern School of Art, Coates Chapel

     Welcome: Clifton Ellis

     Keynote: Kenneth Hafertepe, Professor of Museum Studies, Baylor University

     Presentation of VAF Awards

8:00 - 10:00 pm   Registration, Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk 

Dinner on your own

Thursday, May 19th - Field Tours 

Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Buses load from Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk between 6:30 and 9:30 am. 

Registrants will be of their tour choice at registration.

6:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast

6:30 am Border Tour

7:30 am Eastern Tour 

8:00 am Hill Country Tour

Friday, May 20th - San Antonio Tours 

Buses load from Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk 

6:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast

7:00  – 8:00 am  Registration, Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk, if needed.

8:30 & 9:00 am  Departure to King William Neighborhood Walking Tour 

8:15 & 8:45 am Departure to Westside Neighborhood Walking Tour

11:00 am Lunch on your own

1:00  – 5:00 pm Afternoon Tours of Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada

5:30 - 6:30 Landscapes of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

This session will showcase the latest cultural landscapes approaches to the borderlands of the Southwest by a new generation of scholars. They address a variety of topics—the cultural politics of adobe, the self-built Mexican migrant vernaculars that sit astride the border itself, the preservation and rebirth of Spanish-Pueblo dwellings, and the visual vocabulary used to draw migrants to lifesaving caches of water in the desert—and extend a decades-long line of scholarship that runs from J.B. Jackson through Chris Wilson and Daniel Arreola to Sarah Lynn López and C.J. Alvarez. The paper presentations will be brief and conceptual to allow time for questions and discussion with the audience.

Chair, A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, Penn State University

  •         Shine Trabucco, University of Houston: “The Meanings of Adobe in San Antonio: Landscape, Identity, and Memory”
  •         Bobby Cervantes, University of Kansas: “Making Social Landscapes at the Borders of Territoriality” 
  •         Sandra Enríquez, University of Missouri-Kansas City: “Adobe Homes for the Sun City’s Mexican Barrio: Community Housing and Creative Self-Determination in El Paso, Texas"
  • Gabriel Aguilar, Penn State University: “The Landscape of Survival: Water, Migration, and Communication on the U.S.-Mexico Border”
Dinner on your own

Saturday, May 21st - Paper Sessions, Poster & Book Exhibits, and Banquet

Saturday registration, Paper Sessions, &  Book Exhibits will be held at Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk.

Annual Meeting & Banquet Dinner at 418 La Villita Street

7:00 - 10:00 am Breakfast

7:00 am – 3:00 pm  Registration

7:30 am – 5:00 pm  Poster & Book Exhibits

8:15  – 9:45 am Paper Session I

10:15 am – 12:15 pm Paper Session II

12:15 – 2:00 pm Lunch 

1:00 - 2:00 pm Poster authors will be present to discuss their work 

2:00 – 2:45 pm Paul Groth Memorial

3:00  – 5:00 pm Paper Session III

6:00  – 9:00 pm Annual Meeting & Banquet, NIOSITA at La Villita, 418 Villita Street

Tentative Schedule, still subject to slight changes.

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