Call for Papers: Gulf South History and Humanities Conference

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Call For Papers

38Th Annual

Gulf South History & Humanities Conference



Including Special Theme Sessions on “Faith, Hope & Charity, in the Gulf South & the Caribbean World”

October 1-3, 2020, The Hotel Bentley, Alexandria, Louisiana


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 38th Annual Conference, hosted by Tyler Junior College, in cooperation with LSU-Alexandria, welcomes researchers and scholars to propose papers for panels, roundtables, performances, and workshops, exploring any aspects of the history, ethnography, archaeology, and cultures of the Gulf South and Circum-Caribbean.

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.

Proposals for papers must be post marked by the August 15th, 2020, 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. Jeffrey Owens, at Please put “2020 Gulf South Paper” in the email subject line.  Or, send a hard copy to Dr. Jeffrey Owens, 115 Jenkins Hall, Tyler Junior College, P. O. Box 9020, Tyler, TX 75711.   Expect an email confirmation once your submission has been received.

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:

The conference is at the opulent Hotel Bentley in downtown Alexandria, LA.  Eccentric lumber magnate Joseph Bentley opened it to the public in 1908.  Its grand re-expression debuted in 2012 with 93 guest rooms, four session rooms, a ballroom, dining rooms, a stunning lobby, and private lounge.  In WWII, officers who headquartered here, to train troops for deployment, included Eisenhower, Patton, Omar Bradley, and young Henry Kissinger.  John Wayne and Roy Rogers were guests.        


The Bentley is conveniently located near I-49, adjacent to the Red River, 7 miles from Alexandria International Airport, which is served by Delta (Atlanta), United (Houston), & American (DFW).  For hotel reservations please contact Room Reservations at 318-442-2226 and specify “Gulf South” to receive the conference rate of $109/plus tax for king rooms; $119 doubles. Please book before Sept. 17 to guarantee the conference rate.


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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 breakfast $20 ____ Friday luncheon $22 _____   Friday Awards Banquet & Fais-do-do $45.00 ___     

Saturday breakfast $15____

Total enclosed $_____________________________   


Twenty-percent gratuity/service charge to the hotel is included in the ticket price. 


COMPLIMENTARY GSHA RECEPTION, 6-7:30 PM , THURSDAY, OCT. 1.  Served on the Mezzanine, overlooking the Lobby. Corn Fritters w/Remoulade sauce, Swedish meatballs, Spinach dip, veggie & fruit trays.  Tea & water complimentary.  1 complimentary drink ticket for beer or house wine.  Cash bar thereafter.


CENTENNIAL OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE BREAKFAST BUFFET, HOSTED BY THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE GULF SOUTH OF UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, 7:00-8:00 AM , FRIDAY, OCT. 2.  Served in the Bayou Chicot Room.  Shrimp & Grits service, Strawberry Scones, Assorted fruit, with Coffee, Juice, & Water. $20


LUNCHEON BUFFET, 12-12:45 PM, FRIDAY, OCT. 2.  Served in the Bayou Chicot Room.

Garden salad w/Ranch or Pepper Jelly vinaigrette, Smoked brisket (custom prepared by the hotel), Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Southern seasoned green beans, Strawberry shortcake, with Tea & Water. $22


AWARDS BANQUET & FAIS DO-DO, 7-9 PM, FRIDAY, OCT. 2.  Served in the Grand Ballroom.

Garden salad w/Ranch or Sensation dressing, Crawfish pies, Boudin balls, Fried catfish strips, rice & crawfish etouffee, Mustard greens, White chocolate bread pudding with berry sauce, with Tea & Water. $45


SOUTHERN BREAKFAST BUFFET, 8-9 PM, SATURDAY, OCT. 3.  Served in the Bentley Dining Room.

Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Grits, Biscuits, with Coffee, Juice, & Water. $15