Gulf South History and Humanities Conference (GSHHC)

The GULF SOUTH HISTORY & HUMANITIES CONFERENCE (GSHHC), sponsored by the Gulf South Historical Association, will hold its thirty-third annual meeting at the Natchez Grand Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi, October 1-3, 2015. The host institution this year is the University of Southern Mississippi, which is part of a consortium of colleges and universities in Gulf South states that sponsors the Association.

Paddleboat on Mississippi River at Natchez "under the hill"

The theme of the GSHHC meeting is “Celebrating Mississippi and Beyond— Life and Society in the Gulf South.”  Participants may address this theme through individual papers, panels, roundtable discussions, documentaries and performances. The conference focus is on the history of the Gulf South states, Caribbean islands, and countries on the Caribbean rim, which conceptually includes associated maritime, meteorological, environmental, archaeological and anthropological topics that have an historical dimension.

The conference invites proposals for individual papers or panels of two or more presenters with chair and commentator, or a chair/commentator, that fall within the above-described scope of the meeting.  To submit a proposal, send your name, presentation title, and a 100-word abstract, along with one-page CV, to the program chair, James Cusick, at  Submissions for panels should include a panel title and abstract, and the names and presentation titles of all participants.  Please put “Gulf South 2015” in your email heading.  The deadline for all submissions is AUGUST 17, 2015.  Presenters must register for the conference in order to present a paper.

Natchez Grand Hotel

Registration includes a Thursday-evening reception at the Natchez Grand Hotel, access to all conference sessions and a one-year membership in the Association.  The Conference also urges all attendees and participants to reserve rooms at the Natchez Grand which fulfills contractual obligations that make the meeting possible. To make reservations, call the Natchez Grand Hotel at 601.446.9994 (or 866.488.0898 toll-free), using the group code "gulf south." Conference room rates begin at $98.00/night for a room with a city view and $108.00/night for river view, single or double occupancy.

Registration forms with a check made payable to the Gulf South Historical Association, should be sent to the GSHA, c/o The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University, SLU Box 10730, Hammond, Louisiana 70402. Register online here.

Additional information may be obtained from the GSHA Executive Director, Dr. Deanne Nuwer, at, at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus.

Download 2015 Call for Papers [PDF]