Greater Gulf Symposium

The Indigenous Gulf

From the Calusa shell mounds of Florida to the Mayan cemetery of Isla Jaina, the greater Gulf region sustained hundreds of Indigenous cultures for thousands of years. They faced climate change, devastating epidemics, European imperialism, and other transformative forces. With varied consequences, the many Indigenous communities of the greater Gulf adapted, contested, endured, and revived. Their oral traditions, art, literature, material culture, and history tell us much about their uniqueness and yet informs us of their shared experiences with all Indigenous people of North America.

The Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast will convene an interdisciplinary symposium at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, on April 4, 2023, to consider the many experiences and expressions of the Indigenous Gulf and publish this work in The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record. The Center invites proposals from established and emerging scholars who actively seek disciplinary intersections between art, economics, ethnicity, gender, history, literature, material culture, public health, and other fields. The Center and The Record welcome projects connected to the broadly defined Southeast Texas and greater Gulf regions.

To apply:

by November 1, 2022
Submit a 300-word proposal for a single paper and a brief c.v. (2 pages maximum)

by March 1, 2023
Symposium Fellows will submit drafts for pre-circulation.

on April 4, 2023
They will convene at Lamar University, share their work in a brief presentation, and workshop it with their fellow participants, Center-affiliated faculty, and a small number of invited scholars.

by August 1, 2023
After the symposium, participants will revise their papers and submit final drafts of about 8,000 words (notes included) for peer review.

The Center will provide lodging, food, and $750 (paid upon receipt of pre-circulated draft). Each author will receive contributors’ copies of The Record.

Send proposals as email attachments and direct your inquiries about the symposium, the Center, or The Record to:

Jimmy L. Bryan Jr.
Director, Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast
Editor, The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record
Professor of History, Lamar University

The Center for History and Culture acknowledges that Lamar University is located on the traditional territory of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation, and we recognize that the region our university serves includes the homelands of the Akokisa, Bidai, Karankawa, Alabama-Coushatta, and other nations. We further acknowledge that, as president of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar, the namesake of our university, oversaw the forced removal of Caddo, Cherokee, Comanche, Delaware, Kickapoo, Shawnee, and other peoples from their homes. We affirm and respect tribal sovereignty in this land and in all territories.ies.