2021 Conference


Call For Papers

39th Annual

Gulf South History & Humanities Conference


Including Special Sessions on “War and Society”

October 7-9, 2021, The Natchez Grand Hotel, Natchez, Mississippi.


The Gulf South History and Humanities Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Gulf South Historical Association, a consortium of colleges and universities in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

The 39th Annual Conference committee welcomes proposals that address the culture and history of the Gulf South—the U.S. South and territories in Central America and the Caribbean.  For 2021, there will be special theme sessions on war and society.  Topics include, but are not limited to, the relationship between home fronts and fighting fronts; the difference between history and memory; tensions between localism and nationalism; and the interactions between war, class, gender, and race. This is an interdisciplinary conference, so proposals are sought from disciplines such as American Studies, English, Geography, and Political Science as well as History.  


In addition to sessions on traditional scholarship, the program committee encourages panels on pedagogy, public history or material culture.  The committee also welcomes non-traditional session proposals including roundtables, “state of the field” sessions, and lightning rounds. Full session proposals are strongly preferred, though the committee will consider individual papers. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals and may compete for the William S. Coker Award, which is awarded to the best graduate paper. 


Proposals must be submitted electronically by June 1st, 2021 to douglas.bristol@usm.edu. To submit an individual paper, send a Word document attachment containing a title, 150 word abstract, and one-page vita.  To submit for any themed panels or roundtable forums, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the theme, 150 word abstract for each paper, a one-page vita for each presenter and a suggested chair/discussant.


To register, please send a check and registration form to Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, P.O. Box 10730, SLU, Hammond, LA 70402. Payable to Gulf South Historical Association. For online registration, please go to this link: http://www.southeastern.edu/alumni_donors/foundation/giving/gshhconf/index.html The full registration includes a complimentary Thursday evening reception sponsored by the GSHA, all conference sessions, and one-year membership in the Association.  A Saturday-only registration, and tickets for other social events, are priced separately.

The conference will be held at the Natchez Grand Hotel located in historic downtown Natchez along the bluff of the Mississippi River. For hotel reservations please call 601-446-9994 and use the code “GSHA” to receive the conference rate of $109 for a single; $119 for doubles. Reservations are open as of April 19th 2021.

Registration Form:

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Registration $50.00___  Student Registration $25.00___ Saturday only Registration $25.00___

Attending Complimentary Thursday Reception: yes/no  (please circle choice)

Friday Awards Banquet $45.00 ___     

Total enclosed $_____________________________