Louisiana Studies Conference issues call for presentations

Louisiana Studies Conference


Presentation proposals for the 10th annual Louisiana Studies Conference on Sept. 21-22 at Northwestern State University are being accepted through July 15.

The 2018 conference theme, “Once Upon a Time in Louisiana,” is dedicated to exploring Louisiana’s long and continued relationship with narrative. Presentation proposals on any aspect of Louisiana narratives, as well as creative texts and performances by, about and/or for Louisiana and Louisianans, are sought for this year’s conference.

“Although we are especially interested in proposals that deal with the theme of ‘Once Upon a Time in Louisiana,’ all papers, creative writing, and short performances (dance, music, or theatric) that address any aspect of Louisiana studies are welcome,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center and organizer of the conference.

Rasmussen said 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.

The Louisiana Studies Conference is sponsored by the Louisiana Folklife Center and Northwestern State University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Rasmussen at (318) 357-4332 or at rasmussens@nsula.edu.