Presentation proposals being accepted for La. Studies Conference


Presentation proposals are being accepted for the Ninth Annual Louisiana Studies Conference which will be held Sept. 22-23 at Northwestern State University. The theme of this year’s conference is “Louisiana Landscapes.”

Conference co-chair Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center and associate professor of English at NSU, said conference organizers are interested in proposals that deal with the theme of Louisiana Landscapes, but all papers, creative writing, and short performances (dance, music, or theatric) that address any aspect of Louisiana studies are welcome. Proposals are being solicited for 15-minute presentations from scholars at all career stages as well as graduate students. Creative work (film, creative non-fiction, short fiction, and poetry) is welcome. Undergraduates are invited to submit, provided they are working with the guidance of a trained scholar.

Conference registration is free for all faculty, staff, and students affiliated with Bossier Parish Community College, the Louisiana Scholars’ College, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and Northwestern State University, as well as State and National Park Service personnel situated in Natchitoches Parish.

Abstracts (300 words max.) for scholarly proposals, creative writing, films, and short performances (dance, music, or theatric) should be sent as e-mail attachments to Rasmussen at Presentations should run no longer than 15 minutes. Briefly detail the audio / visual tools (laptop, projection screen, data projector, DVD player, etc.) or space (the stage in the Magale Recital Hall will be provided for short performances) your presentation will require, if any.

Proposals should include a separate cover page with name, affiliation, mailing and e-mail address, and the title of your presentation. E-mails should be entitled: Louisiana Studies Conference Submission. An e-mail acknowledgement of having received each abstract will be sent within one week of having received it. If you do not receive an acknowledgment please resend your submission as it may not have been received. The deadline for submissions is July 1. Accepted presenters will be notified via e-mail by no later than July 15.

This interdisciplinary conference will be accepting proposals from the following disciplines: American studies, anthropology, architecture, archival studies, communications, craft, creative writing, criminal justice, cultural studies, cultural tourism, dance, design, education, English and literary studies, environmental studies, ethnic studies, fashion design, film studies, fine arts, folklore, gender studies, geography, heritage resources, history, interior design, journalism, linguistics, media studies, museum studies, musicology, music performance, philosophy, photography, political science, preservation studies, psychology, queer studies, religious studies, Romance languages, social work, sociology, theatre and vernacular architecture.
Read broadly, consider the following possibilities for presentation topics relating to the theme Louisiana Landscapes.

Rasmussen said Louisiana, its peoples, cultures, history, literature, places, etc. should be an intrinsic aspect of the proposed presentation.

“For example, ‘philosophical landscapes’ in itself would not be an appropriate presentation topic proposal for the Louisiana Studies Conference, while “philosophical landscapes in Louisiana” or “the philosophical landscapes of Louisianans” would be highly appropriate,” said Rasmussen.

Examples would include American Indian Landscapes, Architectural Landscapes, Archival Landscapes, Artistic Landscapes, Borders and Border Crossings, Built Environments, Climate Landscapes, Contested Landscapes, Crossroads and Convergences, Cultural Landscapes, Cultural Mapping, Emerging Landscapes, Endangered Landscapes, Ethnic Landscapes, Folk Landscapes, Gender Landscapes, Geographies, Historical Landscapes, Interior Landscapes, Landscapes in Fashion, Linguistic Landscapes, Literary Landscapes, Media Landscapes, Mental Landscapes,

Musical Landscapes, Mythic Landscapes, Narrative Landscapes, Neglected Landscapes, Performative Landscapes, Philosophical Landscapes, Photographic Landscapes, Political Landscapes, Preserving Landscapes, Questioning Landscapes, Religious and Spiritual Landscapes, Rural Landscapes, Sacred Sites and Spaces, Syncretic Landscapes, Theatrical Landscapes, Urban Landscapes and Vernacular Landscapes.
A selection of scholarly and creative work presented at the conference will be solicited for publication in the Louisiana Folklife Journal, a peer reviewed academic journal produced by the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State. Additional information is available on the website for the Louisiana Folklife Center,

Conference co-chairs along with Rasmussen are Dr. Lisa Abney, faculty facilitator for academic research and community college outreach and professor of English at Northwestern State, Jason Church, materials conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and Dr. Charles Pellegrin, associate professor of history at Northwestern State.

The Conference is co-sponsored by the Folklife Society of Louisiana, the Louisiana Folklife Center, and the NSU College of Arts, Sciences, Graduate Studies and Research.