Call for Proposals

Tenth Annual Ozarks Studies Symposium

September 23-24, 2016

Theme: Isolation and Connections in the Ozarks

Entrance to the symposium is free and pre-registration is not required. Those who attend will be invited to register on site when they arrive.

The Ozarks Studies Committee is sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with the support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its tenth annual symposium to be held on September 23 and 24, 2016.

The theme of the 2016 symposium is "Isolation and Connection in the Ozarks." This broad theme is intended to accommodate consideration of a wide variety of topics related to how the Ozarks region has been viewed as a place of isolation and/or connection. Some possible topics might include why isolation and connection are sought or rejected; how music, folklore or literature comments on isolation and connection; how isolation or connection contributes to or undermines a sense of place and social stability; how these forces influence language and dialect; how isolation or connections are exaggerated; how isolation has influenced law enforcement, politics, race, class, economic development, real estate values or tourism and many other topics.

For purposes of this symposium, the Ozarks is defined broadly to encompass much of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas and adjacent portions of Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois.

Community members, historians, oral historians, folklorists, artists, writers, scholars or students representing any discipline or field are invited to propose presentations consistent with this theme. Each presenter will be allotted 30 minutes; presenters will be asked to limit their prepared presentations to approximately 20 to 25 minutes to allow time for questions and discussion. Presentations may take the form of conventional conference papers or any other form suitable for such a symposium.

Proposals should be approximately 200 to 300 words in length and should include a preliminary summary of the content of the proposed presentation and a list of any audio-visual or other technological requirements. They should also include the submitter's name, institutional affiliation (if applicable) and complete contact information.

Proposals may be submitted through the electronic submission form on our website using our Call for Proposals Form. Proposals may also be sent to Dr. Phillip Howerton, Associate Professor of English, 128 Garfield Avenue, West Plains, MO 65775 or . For first-round consideration, proposals must be received by April 30, 2016.

To offset personal expense of travel, a modest honorarium will be granted to presenters who are not Missouri State University employees and who do not have access to an institutional budget for professional development.