The 5th Annual Cotton Kingdom / Sweat Equity Symposium and Cotton Pickers Ball

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Call for Papers
September 11, 2016 to November 11, 2016
Mississippi, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Business History / Studies, Local History, Oral History


The 5th Annual

Cotton Kingdom / Sweat Equity Symposium and Cotton Pickers Ball

Deadline for submissions Friday, October 21, 2016


Khafre, Inc, in partnership with Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), Mississippi Humanities Council, and da’ House of Khafre presents the 5th annual Cotton Kingdom/Sweat Equity Symposium and Cotton Pickers’ Ball. The Symposium is America’s premier interdisciplinary conference on the Cotton Kingdom, sharecropping, tenant farming and the significance of cotton to the successes of both American and European economies. This year’s theme: THE ECONOMY OF THE COTTON KINGDOM AND THE CONFEDERATE SOUTH will stimulate two days of discussion and celebration of historic preservation efforts, leading-edge research, and America’s foundational values.  Plan now to join us on the Mississippi Valley State University campus, in Itta Bena, MS, on NOVEMBER 10-11, 2016.


A Call for Participation (papers, performances, exhibits, etc.) is underway to attract the interest of private collectors and archivists who may have access to confederate dollars, antebellum (or post-antebellum) plantation currency that features cotton production or agriculture (of any form).  The theme for this year’s symposium features overarching topics relevant to the culture and economics of the Cotton Kingdom and the Economy of the South:

  • Culture: The visual and performing arts, including music, dance, tapestry, sculpture and paintings, burial sites, cotton fields, shotgun houses and juke joints, private land-plantations, prison farms/industrial complexes
  • Economics: The determined spirit to be economically free accommodates a shared vision to do the work that benefits the lineage of planters and sharecroppers alike.

The two-day Symposium begins with a special brownbag “art-talk” session on Thursday, November 10th @ noon, featuring the highly acclaimed South Carolina-based artist Mr. John Jones. On Friday, November 11, beginning at 9:00am, there will be a full day of stimulating lectures, dramatic performances, and visual arts. Both events will take place in the Social Science Auditorium on the MVSU campus. The event concludes with a good old fashion “black-tie” (or period-piece costume) Cotton-Pickers’ Ball (an Ancestral Celebration) at da’ House of Khafre located at 300 Main St. Indianola, MS. We encourage everyone to come help us celebrate the great cultural and economic contributions made by Cotton Pickers of the historic south.

In addition, the 2nd Annual Historical Narrative Competition (for students only) enhances this year’s offering. Special awards and prizes shall be given to the best poster representation of this year’s theme. Local businesses are encouraged to participate with sponsorships and gift certificates. Both the student research projects and the celebrated works of Mr. Jones will be on public display on the MVSU campus throughout the symposium and in da’ House of Khafre, located at 300 Main Street, in downtown Indianola, MS. 


We are hoping that you will share your work, your ideas, and your ideals about the Southern economy narrative with the larger academic and cultural communities. The Sweat Equity of the Cotton Kingdom Symposium is the place to do it. We look forward to welcoming you to the place where America’s Root Music and Culture was born! The deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016.


For More Information, Please visit the Symposium website, or contact:

Dr. C.Sade Turnipseed, 2016 Symposium

Linda Rule, Cotton Pickers Ball ~ 662.347.8198 ~

Khafre, Inc is a Mississippi-based not-for-profit 501©3 organization that is all about building monumental programs, which allow reflection, reconnection, and renewal. The agency and resistance of the cotton pickers narratives we believe will reflect on the subtle and continuing impact of cotton on the cultural life, and economic well-being of people in the Delta and throughout the South.

Contact Info: 

Dr. C.Sade Turnipseed, 2016 Symposium

Linda Rule, Cotton Pickers Ball


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