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The 2018 GULF SOUTH HISTORY & HUMANITIES CONFERENCE (GSHHC), sponsored by the Gulf South Historical Association, will be hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana October 4-6, 2018.


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

The 36th Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, hosted  by Southeastern Louisiana University, welcomes all researchers and scholars to propose papers highlighting aspects of development in the Gulf South. All topics, panels, roundtables, performances, and workshops, exploring all aspects of the history, ethnography, archaeology, development, and cultures of the Gulf South and Circum-Caribbean will be considered.

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 courtesy cocktail reception are all included in the additional banquet fee.

Proposals for papers must be post marked by the August 10, 2018 submission deadline.  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. All submissions should be sent via email to the program chair, Dr. Ronald Traylor, at  Please put “2018 Gulf South Paper” in the email subject line.  Or, send a hard copy to Dr. Ronald Traylor, Department of History, SLU Box 10895, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA 70402.  Expect an email confirmation once your submission has been received.

Please send registration form, found at the bottom of the downloadable Call for Papers flyer (see above), 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:  Conference Registration.

The conference will be located at the scenic Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street, Baton Ruge, LA 70801, 1-225-906-5783, offering a reiver front view and easy access to historic sites and downtown amenities.  For hotel reservations, please contact the Reservations department directly at 1-800-955-6962.  Conference room rates are $139.00/night, single or double occupancy.  For the special rates, the 4-letter group code is "GULF" or ask for the "Gulf South Historical Association" group.  Please book before September 12, 2018 to guarantee the lower conference rate.

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