2020 Georgia Archives Symposium - From Field to Mill Town: Cotton and Textile Culture in Georgia, April 4, 2020

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Call for Papers
December 14, 2019
Georgia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Geography, Local History, Rural History / Studies


The Georgia Archives (5800 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, GA) invites proposals for presentations and posters for our 2020 symposium looking at textile culture in Georgia.  We welcome proposals on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: mill towns, cotton farming, and the International Cotton Exposition of 1881. Use of Georgia Archives records is encouraged but not required.

The Symposium will include five 50 minute sessions, plus a lunch session featuring student posters. One of the 50 minute sessions may consist of three 10 to 15 minute presentations. We invite proposals for (a) 50 minute presentations, (b) individual 10 to 15 minute presentations, (c) panels of three 10 to 15 minute presentations, and (d) student posters. We seek a variety of presenters and encourage students, historians and historical researchers, and anyone with an interest in textile culture or related disciplines to submit proposals.

We are pleased to announce that we are able to print posters for chosen poster proposals. 

We are able to provide small grants to graduate students to assist in travel to Morrow to present at the symposium.  If you would like to be considered for this funding, please indicate this on your proposal. 

Suggested Georgia Archives Records:

For more information on these records, please contact Caroline Crowell: caroline.crowell@usg.edu

  • Agriculture department Bulletins, Circulars, and Press Bulletins (record group 13/3/7)
  • Georgia Commodity Commissions Files (record group 13/9/14)
  • Assorted private manuscript collections covering production, sale, and transport of cotton and other textiles (search our book and manuscript catalog and limit “location” to “Manuscripts.”

Guidelines for Submission:

Proposals must include a proposed title, presentation category (50 minute, 10 to 15 minute, panel, or student poster), brief summary of the presentation (100-200 words), brief biography of the presenter (<100 words), and any technological requirements beyond a laptop, projector, and internet access. Please email proposals to Caroline Crowell at Caroline.Crowell@usg.edu by December 14, 2019.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission:  December 14, 2019

Notification of acceptance:  January 18, 2020

Deadline for final submission – posters:  March 23, 2020

Deadline for final submission – presentations: March 30, 2020

Program Committee: Caroline Crowell, Hendry Miller, Amanda Mros


If you have further questions, please contact Hendry Miller at Hendry.Miller@usg.edu

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