2017 Ozarks Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Missouri State University-West Plains

Eleventh Annual Ozarks Studies Symposium, 2017

Call for Proposals


The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its 11th annual symposium to be held in the West Plains Civic Center on September 22 and 23, 2017.


The theme of the 2017 symposium is “Marginal Voices of the Ozarks.” This broad theme is intended to accommodate consideration of a wide variety of topics related to the history, role, impact, or any additional influence of marginal or marginalized peoples, groups, issues, movements, environments, or the like. Some possible topics might include historically underrepresented racial, ethnic, or religious groups; outlier politics; transgressive occupations; nonconformist family groups; opinion journalism; alternative medical practices; or any number of additional 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.


Email proposals to Dr. Jason McCollom, Assistant Professor of History at Missouri State University-West Plains, at either jasonmccollom@missouristate.edu or OzarkSymposium@MissouriState.edu. To be given first consideration, proposals must be received by July 1, 2017.


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.