The William Gilmore Simms Society

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Call for Papers
April 15, 2016
Georgia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Intellectual History, Literature, Rural History / Studies




“Simms and the City”


Clayton State University

Morrow, Georgia

September 22-24, 2016

The William Gilmore Simms Society invites all interested scholars to a conference exploring the future of Simms studies and the literature and intellectual history of the Old South. William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was the antebellum South’s most prolific writer and one of its best-known public intellectuals as a novelist, poet, critic, and historian. The Simms Society welcomes academics, graduate students, and undergraduates from all disciplines—especially history, literature, philosophy, and political science—to contribute papers on Simms’s life and work for this major national conference. While the conference will address Simms and his writing from all perspectives, its special theme is the question of “The City” – its nature, its influence, its place in the culture. Simms is well known as a “pastoral” and “frontier” writer but in so being he cannot but also be speaking to the phenomenon of urban life and what “The City” means socially, politically and humanly speaking. Thus, this conference will be especially interested in any papers that touch upon the phenomenon of “The City” as it is addressed in his literary output.

            Revised papers may be considered for inclusion in The Simms Review, a refereed journal published by the Simms Society. Cash prizes for the best undergraduate and graduate student papers will be offered, which include refunds of registration fees. To be considered, complete student papers, not abstracts, must be submitted by April 15, 2016, and students must read papers at the conference to be eligible for prizes or publication. Academics should submit 1-2 page abstracts by July 1, 2016.

           Students should send papers, and professionals should send abstracts, via e-mail, along with brief (50-100 words) biographies, to: Jeffery Rogers at Please imbed the biographical information in the e-mail, not in an attachment. Questions can be directed to the same e-mail address.

                Conference registration is $125, or $50 for students who are presenting, and includes an opening reception, a banquet, a program, a one-year membership in the Simms Society, and a copy of The Simms Review.

                Please join us for this outstanding biennial event, September 22-24, 2016, at Clayton State University, which is conveniently located near metropolitan Atlanta.

          Scholars are also invited to explore the free resources available, including Simms primary sources, through the Simms Initiatives website at or the website of the William Gilmore Simms Society at

Contact Info: 

Dr. Jeffery J. Rogers, Department of History and Political Science, Gordon State College, Barnesville, Georgia, 30204, (678) 359-5391


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