Friday April 20, 2018
This half-day symposium invites papers from junior researchers (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows) focusing on Louisiana history and state institutions, such as state boards, schools, hospitals, or prisons, from the Civil War through Jim Crow.
Papers might investigate race, gender, social class in Louisiana state institutions in any number of ways: by conducting a micro history or comparative history of specific institutions from the Civil War through Jim Crow, by analyzing the development and the lasting historical memory of these material sites and spaces of power composed of buildings, landscapes and infrastructures, by interrogating strategies of resistance and/or empowerment, or representations of local historical actors (teachers, students, prisoners, sheriffs, patients, doctors, etc) involved in these institutions, along gender, class and racial lines.
We are particularly interested in micro-histories and social histories that intertwine critical race theory with archival research, as well as papers informed by economic history, political history, environmental history, labor history, carceral history, history of education, and history of science in Louisiana. Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a CV to the conference organizers, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by February 15, 2018.