2018 marks the 300 year anniversary of the founding of New Orleans. Immigrants have played an important role in the heritage of this city from its inception to its rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Its location on the Mississippi River and a stone’s throw away from the Gulf of Mexico has also ensured that people near and far could and would travel to the Crescent City creating new communities while seeking opportunity. I invite members on this list doing research that falls within the broad boundaries of Louisiana to submit a proposal for this conference. I believe it is critical that current research about immigrant and ethnic groups in this area be part of the narrative as we examine the history of this region in greater detail next year.
The CFP is below. Please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions.
Laura D. Kelley, Ph.D.
Program Chair, LHA
Hidden Histories of Louisiana:
New Orleans at 300
Louisiana Historical Association 60th Annual Meeting
April 12-14, 2018
New Orleans, LA
The complex history of Louisiana with a narrative that does not neatly fit into the 13 colony Anglo-American story has resulted in leaving much of Louisiana’s experiences out of the broader national narrative of US history. This complexity encompasses, for example, not only its unique French and Spanish colonial experience, but also factors such as intimate ties with Native Tribes and the existence of a tri-racial society. Additionally, a different legal code afforded women and people of color rights in 18th century Louisiana that dramatically differed from their counterparts in the British colonies. In fact, nearly every facet of life in Louisiana, political, cultural, religious, and societal offers examples of a different experience and, consequently, a different development from colony to state.
New Orleans will be celebrating its 300 year anniversary in 2018. In many ways, the city is a microcosm of the dynamic tensions that manifest themselves in the macrocosm of Louisiana. This conference seeks to uncover the hidden histories of this region and make these findings known to a larger audience. While we will commemorate New Orleans’ diverse history at the conference, we also seek papers that will examine Louisiana (in its broadest terms) through this lens.
We prefer proposals for complete 90-minute sessions, comprising either a roundtable, or two or three papers, plus a chair and a commentator. We will also consider individual paper proposals. Presenters must become members of the LHA and register for the Conference.
Proposals will be submitted in a single Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF format file and include:
1. A cover sheet with the session title as well as the names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all participants, including the chair and commentator.
2. A one-page (or less) summary of the focus and intent of the session.
3. A one-page (or less) abstract for each paper or presentation.
4. A one-page (or less) curriculum vitae for each participant.
5. A statement whether contact info (email, Twitter, etc.) may be shared or not with attendees
6. A specified preference for any electronic equipment required for presentations.
Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2017. Please email proposals to Dr. Laura D. Kelley, Program Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name, affiliation, and email address of the proposal organizer in the body of your message.