2023 Conference




Including Special Theme Sessions on

“History in Our Own Backyards: Local Historical Sites, People, and Events Across the Gulf South That Are Often Ignored or Overlooked”


October 12-14, 2023, 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 41st Annual Conference, hosted by Pensacola State College, 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 2023, there will special theme sessions illuminating the often overlooked history in our own backyards (sites, people, and events).


Proposals must be submitted electronically by August 25, 2023 to the program chair, Dr. Brian R. Rucker, at brucker@pensacolastate.edu. To submit an individual paper, please 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 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.

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 annually to the best graduate paper presented at the conference. Additional information on applying for the Coker Award will be provided to conference registrants.


To register, please send a check and registration form to: Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, P.O. Box 10730, SLU, Hammond, LA 70402. Make checks 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 registration fee includes a Thursday evening reception, all conference sessions, and a free one-year membership in the Association. Tickets for the banquet, annual keynote address, and a cocktail reception are all included in the additional banquet fee. 

The conference will be located at the Natchez Grand Hotel located in historic downtown Natchez along the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River (111 S. Broadway Street). For hotel reservations please call (601) 446-9994 and use the code “Gulf South Historical Association” (“Gulf South” for online) to receive the conference rate of $149 (single or double); $169 for triple; and $ 189 (for quadruple). Reservations are open until September 11, 2023.


 Registration Form:



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Friday Awards Banquet: $50 _______

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