2015 Annual Conference – Place Matters!

October 15 – 17, 2015
San José, California
Hosted by Stanford University

The land and its human populations shape one another in far-reaching ways. At the 2015 AGLSP Conference, we will consider how “place matters”—in literature and the arts, in environmental science, in history, in politics, in technology. We invite papers that examine the phenomenon of place. Whether we define that place by geography or by virtual connection, place matters in all parts of the human experience. 

San José was founded in 1777, and was California’s first civilian settlement and first state capital. Now, it is the 10th largest city in the U.S.; with a million residents, it is the unofficial capital of Silicon Valley. Our conference hotel is one of California’s true grand hotels; The Sainte Claire is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a convenient base for exploring much that the Bay Area has to offer. Within blocks you will find The Tech Museum of Innovation, the San José Museum of Art, and the San José Symphony; venture a little farther and you’ll find Stanford University, award-winning wineries, and the campuses of Apple, Google, and Yahoo!; within an hour you can reach San Francisco, the redwood groves at Big Basin, and the beaches at Santa Cruz.

Guest Speakers

Joining the discussions will be keynote speaker Albert Camarillo, Stanford Professor of American History, scholar of Mexican American History and Chicano Studies, and past president of the Organization of American Historians.

David Kennedy, Stanford Professor of History Emeritus, Faculty Director Emeritus of Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Pulitzer Prize recipient in 1999 for Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War.


Photos from our 2015 Conference


The Sainte Claire Hotel  

302 South Market Street

San José, California, 95113
phone: 408-295-2000

The Westin San José, formerly known as The Sainte Claire Hotel, is located in the heart of downtown San José just steps away from countless things to do in San José including museums, restaurants and trendy shopping and nightlife on Santana Row. Our downtown San José hotel is a historic landmark with a modern and elegant design. Enjoy stunning architecture and charming furnishings from the moment you step inside our legendary hotel.


Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

1701 Airport Blvd. | San José, CA 95110 | 408.392.3600
City of San Jose Department of Aviation


  1. Stanford Humanities and Arts Tour

  2. Ridge Winery Monte Bello

  3. Natural Bridges State Park and Beach