2024 Greater Gulf Symposium: The Built and Unbuilt Gulf

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast
contact email: 

From the Yucatán Peninsula to the Florida Keys, the many cultures of the greater Gulf have inscribed the region with their distinctive architectures, re-formed landscapes, and imagined spaces. Where once the Karankawas constructed the ba’ak, the petroleum complex sprawls with its refineries, tank farms, and pipelines.

The Center for History and Culture will convene a symposium at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, on April 15-16, 2024, to consider the many built and unbuilt cultures of the greater Gulf and publish this work in a themed issue of The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record. Topics on “built” cultures may include architecture, art, landscape design, literature preservation, urban planning, and many others. The “the unbuilt” might consist of alternate designs, demolition, un-started projects, future visions, and other constructions un-made and imagined.

Submit a 300-word proposal and brief c.v. (2pp) by November 1, 2023. Symposium Fellows will submit drafts for pre-circulation by March 15, 2024, and participate in the events and workshops in person on April 15-16, 2024. After, Fellows will revise their papers and submit drafts for peer review by July 15, 2024. The Center will provide lodging, food, and $750 (paid upon receipt of the pre-circulated draft). Email proposals as attachments to Jimmy L. Bryan Jr. (jlbryan@lamar.edu).

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