9th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference




The 9th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference will be held September 22-23, 2017 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Louisiana Landscapes.”

Although we are especially interested in proposals that deal with the theme of Louisiana Landscapes, 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 fifteen minute presentations from scholars at all career stages as well as graduate students. Creative work (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. Registration for Conference participants will be $50.


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 Dr. Shane Rasmussen, rasmussens@nsula.edu. 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.


Please include a separate cover page with your name, affiliation, mailing and e-mail address, and the title of your presentation. E-mails should be entitled: Louisiana Studies Conference Submission. We will send an e-mail acknowledgement of having received each abstract within one week of having received it. If you do not receive an acknowledgment, please resend your submission, as we may not have received it. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2017. Accepted presenters will be notified via e-mail by July 15, 2017 if not before.


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. The following list of suggestions is not meant to be comprehensive.


NOTE: 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.


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



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

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, Northwestern State University, General Editor, Dr. Shane Rasmussen. Additional information is available on the website for the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University: https://louisianafolklife.nsula.edu/.


Conference Co-chairs:


Dr. Lisa Abney, Faculty Facilitator for Academic Research and Community College Outreach and Professor of English, Northwestern State University


Jason Church, Materials Conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training


Dr. Charles Pellegrin, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern State University


Dr. Shane Rasmussen, Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center and Associate Professor of English, Northwestern State University


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.