CFP: Southern History and the Environment--Manuscript Workshop

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Call for Papers
April 1, 2022
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Urban History / Studies

Building on the success in 2020 of the Journal of Southern History's inaugural Manuscript Workshop, the JSH and Rice University are sponsoring the Second Biennial Manuscript Workshop, on the theme "Southern History and the Environment."

We invite scholars, at any stage of their career, to participate in a workshop for article-length manuscripts (8,000 to 12,000 words, exclusive of notes) that address some aspect of southern environmental history, broadly conceived. For example, authors might analyze Indigenous, agroecological, maritime, riverine, military, industrial, urban or environmental justice topics. Papers might utilize material, political, aesthetic, or intellectual approaches to the region's environmental history. We welcome submissions from any period of southern history from the colonial era to the recent past. We hope to foster dialogue, engage in scholarly discussion, and offer critical engagement with the texts the accepted scholars submit.

The workshop will consist of a two-day meeting on Zoom (July 28–29, 2022) to discuss participants' pre-circulated manuscripts with each other as well as with Journal of Southern History editorial staff and other experts. 

Applicants should submit the following materials to by April 1, 2022:

  • Project Abstract (250 words max)
  • CV (2 pages max)
  • 20–35 pages of the proposed work (through June 15, accepted participants will be able to submit an updated version for the workshop)

Applicants can expect a response by May 15.

Questions? Contact the organizers at

Please note: Manuscripts selected for the workshop may not be under active consideration by any publisher. Workshop authors are not obligated to submit their revised manuscripts for publication consideration by the Journal of Southern History.

Contact Info: 

Randal L. Hall, Editor, Journal of Southern History

Fay A. Yarbrough, Former Visiting Editor, Journal of Southern History

Bethany L. Johnson, Managing Editor, Journal of Southern History