The Southern 2018 | November 8-11, 2018 | Sheraton Birmingham Hotel | Birmingham, AL

The 84th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association will be held at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, November 8-11, 2018. Please note that this year’s meeting runs from Thursday through Sunday. Preregistration will open in July. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Exhibitor Information (Birmingham, Alabama, 2018)

The 84th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association will be held at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, November 8-11, 2018. Please note that this year’s meeting runs from Thursday through Sunday. Please check back in early 2018 to find our 2018 exhibitor packet, which includes all of the details you need to order exhibit booth space in Birmingham.

Advertiser Information (Birmingham, Alabama, 2018)

The 84th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association will be held at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, November 8-11, 2018. Please check back in early 2018 to find our advertiser packet, which includes all of the details you need to order ad space in the SHA program for Birmingham.

Future Meeting Dates/Sites

Year Dates Location City
2018 November 8 - 11 Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Birmingham, Alabama
2019 November 7 - 10 Galt House Hotel Louisville, Kentucky
2020 November 19 - 22 Sheraton Memphis Downtown Memphis, Tennessee
2021 November 3-6 Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

Electronic Proposal Submissions for SHA 2019 (OPENING JUNE 2018)

The 85th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association will take place at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky on November 7-10, 2019. The 2019 Program Committee, co-chaired by Anne Marshall and James Giesen will open proposal submissions on June 15, 2018 and will be in touch with scholars who have proposed papers or sessions in early 2019.

Past Meetings

Year Hotel City Highlights Program
2016 TradeWinds Island Grand Resort St. Pete Beach, FL Highlights of the conference included plenaries devoted to "Southern History: Looking Forward," "Southern History in the Headlines," President Catherine Clinton's Presidential Address, "The Southern Social Network," as well as roundtables on "Food Politics in a Global South," "Public Memory and Commemoration of Racial Violence," and "Criminalization and Incarceration in the American South v. North." link
2015 Little Rock Marriott Little Rock, AR Highlights of the conference included an opening night session, "Justice After the Civil Rights Movement," examining how we might integrate those rights we believe are and should be inalienable; a reception honoring the Association for the Study of African American Life and History at its centennial; a session on teaching the Little Rock School Crises at Little Rock Central High; and a Saturday evening panel on "The Clintons and History" at the Old State House, which Bill Clinton called his "favorite building in Arkansas." link
2014 Hilton Atlanta Atlanta, GA The conference offered a special opportunity to visit and tour the Margaret Mitchell House for "Been in the Storm So Long: Remembering 1864 and 1964 in 2014." There was also a panel offering "Reflections on the New York Times 'Disunion' Blog"--the first time a whole panel has been dedicated to a single blog. link
2013 Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch St. Louis, MO The SHA honored John Boles for serving as the editor of the Journal of Southern History for thirty years. Carol Reardon, Gary Gallagher, Lesley Gordon, and James Hogue took part in an intense debate over the question: "Should military history be central to the study of the civil war?" link
2012 Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel Mobile, AL Author Amanda Foreman and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey offered their perspective on writing fiction on Civil War and emancipation. Later, Trethewey offered a reading from her 2011 book Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. link
2011 Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel Baltimore, MD Six scholars offered comments on a roundtable commemorating the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind. Other scholars offered definitions and possibilities for studying the "Global South." link
2010 Westin Charlotte Hotel Charlotte, NC A panel of two historians, former executives of Charlotte Motor Speedway, the museum curator and an author discussed "NASCAR, Charlotte, and the South" at the newly-opened NASCAR Hall of Fame. Sheldon Hackney, Philip Morgan, Peter Kolchin, and Jane Dailey debated the "State of Southern History." link
2009 Marriott Downtown Louisville, KY 75th anniversary of the organization. To commemorate the anniversary, Bethany Johnson presented a special history of the organization.  link
2008 Sheraton New Orleans New Orleans, LA The association offered a Hurricane Katrina bus tour as well as an SHA service project to work at a Habitat for Humanity construction site. This conference featured the first Sunday panels as well. link
2007 Richmond Marriott Hotel Richmond, VA Attendees could visit the Jamestown settlement to honor its 400th anniversary. 144 people attended a roundtable on Bertram Wyatt-Brown's Southern Honor at 25 years. Wyatt-Brown himself offered comments. link
2006 Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Birmingham, AL Author Ernest Gaines lectured on "How James Meredith saved [his] Writing Career." Several panels considered the impact of Hurricane Katrina, including one on archival materials at HBCUs in New Orleans and another on the environmental history. link
2005 Westin Peachtree Plaza Altanta, GA The 50th year anniversary of the European Section's affiliation with the SHA, featuring a special panel looking back. A special walking tour of the 1906 Atlanta race riot was offered, as the conference took place just one year before the centennial. link
2004 Memphis Marriot Downtown & Memphis Cook Convention Center Memphis, TN The graduate student luncheon featured Pete Daniel at the National Museum of American History and other historians working in a non-academic setting. Another panel revisited the 1955 contentious panel discussion of the Brown v. Board decision. Thomas D. Clark (who attended the panel) and John Hope Franklin (who refused to attend the conference due to segregation at the Peabody Hotel) reflected on the experience. link
2003 Hyatt-Regency Houston Houston, TX First chance to submit proposals online at the SHA website. A seven-member panel (including two state representatives) discussed the importance and impact of the Smith v. Allwright decision in 1944 that ended the white primary. link
2002 Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore, MD The C. Vann Woodward Prize for the best dissertation in southern history was established. Five historians offered a roundtable "Tribute to Frank L. Byrne." link
2001 Fairmont Hotel New Orleans, LA The first graduate student luncheon sponsored by the John and LaWanda Cox fund took place. Attendees attended a private party at Donna's Bar and Grill featuring Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band along with Kid Chocolate and Sista Teedy. link
2000 Galt House Hotel Louisville, KY The William F. Holmes Award honoring the best paper by a graduate student or junior faculty member was established to honor Holmes' service as the Secretary-Treasurer of the SHA for 15 years. Rick Bragg, Deborah McDowell, Judith Paterson, Edward Cohen, and Janisse Ray discussed the meanings of "History and Memory." link
1999 Worthington Hotel Fort Worth, TX The Honorable Zell Miller participated in a "Conversation" with Dan Carter, Anthony Badger, Glenda Gilmore, Sheldon Hackney, and Arvarh Strickland. Another panel considered ethnicity in the South, focusing on Irish, Chinese, and Italian immigrants.  link
1998 Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Birmingham, AL Historians employed abroad described their experiences with Southern Studies outside the United States (Susanna Delfino, Alessandra Lorini, and Timothy Lockley). Howell Raines of The New York Times described his experiences reporting on the Civil Rights Movement in the South. link
1997 Radisson Hotel Altanta, GA Edward Ayers described his work on The Valley of the Shadow Project, while a workshop argued about the "need for academic partnerships" with the National Park Service. link
1996 Excelsior Hotel Little Rock, AR Featured the first workshop on "Utilizing the World Wide Web in the Historical Profession," which marked the first appearance of "The Internet" anywhere on the program. link
1995 Radisson Hotel New Orleans, LA Charles H. Martin and Andrew Doyle examined "Football and Public Meaning" in the South. This conference also featured the first panel focused entirely on Southern gay and lesbian history. One panel considered the Plessy case on its 100th anniversary. link
1994 Galt House Hotel Louisville, KY The SHA president's photo appeared at the front of the program for the first time. Drew Gilpin Faust, Gary Gallagher, Joseph Glattharr, and Armstead Robinson discussed "Writing about the Civil War in the Age of Ken Burns and Beyond." link
1993 Clarion Plaza Hotel Orlando, FL Scholars discussed "Disney, Dixie, and the American Imagination" in a special session very fitting for the location. A panel of four historians discussed "Slavery and the Problem of Evidence" in a roundtable.  link
1992 Radisson Hotel Atlanta, GA Attendees could tour the Carter Presidential Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Former President Jimmy Carter also appeared for a special "Town Meeting" on "The South, the Nation, and the World." link
1991 Worthington Hotel Fort Worth, TX Historians offered a "Fifty-Year Perspective on the Works of Agee, Cash, and Percy," while another panel writing "History 'in the South When There was no South." link
1990 Clarion Hotel New Orleans, LA Hotel Rooms cost $60, and scholars such as Robert McMath and Dan T. Carter discussed the "Southernization of American Politics." Editors for collections such as the Black Abolitionist Papers, the Papers of Jefferson Davis, and the Papers of Andrew Johnson described their experiences with Documentary Editing. link
1989 Hyatt Regency Lexington, KY Scholars offered a workshop on "Southern History outside the Academy." Jean Fagan Yellin, George Stevenson, and Thomas Parramore argued for the "Recovery of a Classic:" Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. link
1988 Omni International Norfolk, VA Joan Cashin and Steven Stowe offered the first analysis of "manhood" in their panel on "Professions in the Antebellum South." Bennett Wall's presidential address explored "What is Not in Southern History, 1918-1988." link
1987 Clarion Hotel New Orleans, LA Lawrence W. Levine spoke on "Jazz and American Culture," which was followed by a reception featuring music from the famous Preservation Hall Band.JSH editor, John Boles commented on the "Editorial Practices" of the journal in a panel on publishing in the JSH. link
1986 Adam's Mark Charlotte, NC Historians described uses of archaeology for writing history in "Buried Treasures: Finding the History of Historical Archaeology." A panel also considered Howard Odum's legacy 50 years after the publication of Southern Regions of the United States.  link
1985 Shamrock Hilton Houston, TX The society honored retiring Secretary-Treasurer of thirty-four years, Bennett H. Wall as well as his secretary of more than twenty years, Neva O. Wall. Scholars discussed using news film as a historical source. link
1984 Galt House Louisville, KY The 50th anniversary meeting. The program included the leaders and award winners from the past 50 years. Additionally, scholars explored "The Study of Southern History" over the last 50 years (A. Elizabeth Taylor, C. Vann Woodward, John Hope Franklin, and Arthur S. Link). link
1983 Sheraton Charleston, SC Scholars debated the "Impact of Race and Class on Writing History," while another panel considered the history of women's history historiography. An additional panel examined teaching black women's history. link
1982 Peabody Hotel Memphis, TN All three officers of the executive council were from the state of Georgia. Twenty-seven years after the panel on "The Segregation Decisions," the orginal panelists along with three new members discussed events since the panel. link
1981 Galt House Louisville, KY A panel of historians considered "Four Historians of the South:" T. Harry Williams, Bell I. Wiley, Holman Hamilton, and Clement Eaton. Seven hstorians examined the rise of the Sunbelt South in six different cities, including Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa, Oklahoma City, and Miami.  link
1980 Atlanta Biltmore Hotel Atlanta, GA Scholars such as Anne Firor Scott, Hugh D. Graham, and Joel H. Silbey offered "Historical Perpectives on the 1980 Election." One session also considered the "Probems and Prospects" for the "South's Historical Journal," and featured officials from The Journal of Southern History, Florida Historical Quarterly, Lousiana History, and Georgia Historical Quarterly. link
1979 Atlanta Biltmore Hotel Atlanta, GA Zell Miller, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, presided over a panel on "Jimmy Carter and the Republican Party in the South." C. Vann Woodward, John Shelton Reed, William C. Havard, and David Herbert Donald analyzed "The Enduring South" in a "Dialogue." link
1978 Chase-Park Plaza St. Louis, MO Hundreds of people attended a roundtable on Jacksonian America featuring seven commentators. Another panel considered the National Historical Records Program, offering a "Progress Report" and "Prospectus." link
1977 Braniff Place New Orleans, LA Two panels on families appeared in the program. The first spanned from North Carolina and Louisiana to France, while the second centered more on comparing Northern and Southern families. This conference also included a viewing of Cormac McCarthy's "The Gardener's Son" about the 1876 murder of James Gregg. link
1976 Sheraton Biltmore Atlanta, GA Session on the Southern Historical Association's history featuring E. Merton Coulter, Edwin Davis, and Walter Posey. Archivists explored "Archives for Women's History." link
1975 Shoreham Americana Washington, DC 800 people attended a panel on Genovese's Roll, Jordan, Roll. Genovese himself along with Kenneth Stampp, William Freehling, and Sterling Stuckey offered comments on the classic. A panel of female historians also discussed "Feminine Survival and Advancement in the Historical Profession." link
1974 Adolphus Hotel & the Baker Hotel Dallas, TX The first panel on historic preservation appeared in the program. Winthrop Jordan, Willie Lee Rose, and Robert McColley examined the "Psychosexual Origins of Racism." link
1973 Sheraton-Biltmore Hotel Atlanta, GA Mary Ryan considered the "The Ultimate 'Cause' of the Civil War" and determined that it was the "Mother." An ad for Microfilming Corp. of America had a full page. link
1972 Diplomat Hotel Hollywood-by-the-Sea, FL Mary Elizabeth Massey became the first female president of the organization since 1946. Her speech was entitled, "The Making of a Feminist," which was the first time the word appeared in the program. link
1971 Rice Hotel Houston, TX John Hope Franklin, after many other firsts, became the first black president of the SHA. The program also included a panel on teaching women's history, feauturing none other than Newt Gingrich. There was also a "shopping tour" of the Houston Galleria and Neiman-Marcus. link
1970 Kentucky Hotel Louisville, KY A panel on white citizens' councils and congressional voting during the "Second Reconstruction" appeared. John Hope Franklin became the first black officer in the organization (I think). link
1969 Shoreham Hotel Washington, DC Senator George S. McGovern spoke on the "historian as politician," and the program also featured the first panel dedicated to female reform. link
1968 Jung Hotel New Orleans, LA Registration cost $1.50. A panel on "The Uses of History in Fiction" featuring C. Vann Woodward, William Styron, Robert Penn Warren, and Ralph Ellison. link
1967 Hotel Biltmore Atlanta, GA The program surpassed 100 pages for the first time, mostly due to an overwhelming number of advertisements (many from textbook companies). Oscar Handlin, Joel Williamson, Charles E. Wynes, and Leslie Fishel, Jr. considered "racist thinking after the Civil War." link
1966 Sheraton Peabody Hotel Memphis, TN Members enjoyed a boat tour on the Mississippi aboard the Memphis Queen. An amendment was proposed to allow all paying members to vote. link
1965 John Marshall Hotel Richmond, VA The first conference in Virginia, featuring a panel entitled "The South in Outer Space." The first panel analyzing desegregation more as historical event appeared (*I think). link
1964 Hotel Marion Little Rock, AR The organization had more than 2,600 members. Members could organize cocktail parties for $.75 per drink, while the panels reflected interest in movements and psychology, with abolitionism, populism, progressivism, student-led movements in Latin America, and the French Revolution appearing throughout the program. link
1963 George Vanderbilt Hotel Asheville, NC Attendees visited the Biltmore House, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Zebulon Vance Birthplace Site. Also, the first panel devoted to Appalachian History appeared. link
1962 Hotel Fontainebleau Miami Beach, FL James F. Doster bemoaned the "Degradation of Clio" in current historiography, while David Smiley, Francis B. Simkins, and Fletcher Green pondered "The Central Theme in Southern History."  link
1961 Hotel Patten Chattanooga, TN The University of Chattanooga presented an original play, "Beyond the Dark Night: A Civil War Drama of Chattanooga," while the conference featured more panels on slavery, Reconstruction, and Native Americans than before. link
1960 Mayo Hotel Tulsa, OK The first SHA meeting outside the traditional South, which also featured the first panel dedicated only to the New Deal. In addition, "The Civil War in the West" still meant the Mississippi Vlley and the immediate Trans-Mississippi. link
1959 Biltmore Hotel Atlanta, GA The European section of the SHA meeting moved to Atlanta University to protest unequal treatment for black attendees. Howard Zinn proposed an amendment to only meet in desegregated places in the future, but he was ruled "out of order." link
1958 Hermitage Hotel Nashville, TN A walking tour of Nashville was offered. In addition, scholars considered "Living Subjects as Historical Sources" and the special issues of writing state history. link
1957 Rice Hotel Houston, TX Attendees had the option to tour the San Jacinto Battlefield and to attend a Rice v. Arkansas football game. link
1956 Jacksonville, FL link
1955 Hotel Peabody Memphis, TN The first formally desegregated meeting of the SHA. Cecil Sims, Benjamin E. Mays (president of Morehouse College), and none other than William Faulkner appeared to comment on the recent Brown v. Board decision. More than 600 people attended this session. link
1954 Hotel Columbia Columbia, SC Conference-goers were invited to the University of South Carolina vs. University of Virginia football game. More than 250 people attended a session asking, "Was the Old South Backward or Merely Different?" Panelist T. Conn Bryan offered a very different reading than the traditional narrative, arguing that slavery--not capitalist vs. agrarian economies--was at the heart of the conflict between the North and the South. link
1953 Hotel George Washington Jacksonville, FL All meal functions at this conference were cancelled to avoid controversies over segregated dining. C. Vann Woodward proposed a motion to ensure that future conferences take place in desegregated hotels, but the motion vote was split 5-5, meaning that it had no real power. The first Phi Alpha Theta Luncheon occurred and the first book advertisements appeared in the SHA meeting program. link
1952 Andrew Johnson Hotel Knoxville, TN The TVA sponsored special visits to Norris Dam and "Test-Demonstration Farm." A single room for the conference hotel cost $4.25! SHA President, C. Vann Woodward, spoke on the "Irony of Southern History." The first desegregated sessions occurred here. link
1951 Jeffrson Davis Hotel Montgomery, AL A panel on "The United States in World War II" considered "Relations with China and Russia"--in the midst of the Cold War. The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce also offered free bus tours of the city for conference attendees, no doubt an effort to demonstrate and encourage more economic growth. link
1950 Hotel Biltmore Atlanta, GA Alfred B. Sears, George B. Tindall, and several others discussed "Undergraduate History Programs" (George Tindall presented the student's perspective). SHA members also received tickets to the Georgia Tech vs. V.M.I. football game on Saturday, November 11th. link
1949 Williamsburg Lodge Williamsburg, VA John Hope Franklin became the first African-American member to serve on a panel at a SHA conference with a paper on "The Martial Spirit of the Old South," while David M. Potter considered the "First Fifteen Volumes" of the Journal of Southern History. link
1948 Heidelberg Hotel Jackson, MS The University of Kentucky began to house the Journal of Southern History. Eght panelists considered "College and University Historiography," with E. Merton Coulter presiding. link
1947 DeSoto Hotel Savannah, GA Fletcher Green (UNC), Philip Davidson (Vanderbilt), Kent R. Greenfield (US War Department), Charles E. Smith (LSU), and Ernest V. Hollis (US Office of Education) participated in a roundtable discussion of "The Ph.D. Training Program." link
1946 Tutwiler Hotel Birmingham, AL Ella Lonn became the first female president of the SHA. Her address was entitled, "Reconciliation Between the North and the South." There was also a roundtable on book reviews from three perspectives: the publisher's, the editor's, and the reviewer's. link
1945 No Meeting The Journal of Southern History only reviewed 175 books, down from 283 the year before, which reflects printing and publishing difficulties during the war. link
1944 Hermitage Hotel Nashville, TN The tenth annual meeting took place after a two year hiatus. The presidential address by Wendell H. Stephenson considered "A Half Century of Southern Historical Scholarship" link
1943 No Meeting The Journal of Southern History moves to Vanderbilt University after funding issues at LSU. The first article with African Americans treated as historical subjects appeared in the JSH. Written by J. Merton England, the article contended that slavery was a system of racial and social control--not just an economic system. link
1942 No Meeting link
1941 Atlanta Biltmore Hotel Atlanta, GA The first panel on Latin America appeared in the program--"Some Aspects of Latin American History." The conference also featured a panel on "Southern Literature and Music," with special panelist, Robert Penn Warren. link
1940 Francis Marion Hotel Charleston, SC First European panels with no direct connection to the South appeared--"The Mediterranean in World Politics" and "Twentieth Century Diplomacy"; 279 people attended the conference and on Thursday, the cadets of the Citadel paraded for conference attendees. link
1939 Lafayette Hotel Lexington, KY The History of the South series began. At the conference, the first panel on Native Americans, entitled "Indians of the Old South," took place. The panel included a paper on Indians' "contribution" to culture, Sequoyah and the Cherokee, and archaeological finds of the Tennessee Valley. link
1938 St. Charles Hotel New Orleans, LA Membership in the SHA surpassed 1,000 and Philip M. Hamer, the president of the SHA, was also president of the National Archives, making him the first "public historian" to serve in that capacity. link
1937 Washington Duke Hotel Durham, NC The first panel on slavery appeared on the program. Entitled "The Slavery Controvery," the panel included Kathryn T. Abbey as Chairman and included papers on the 3/5ths Compromise, propaganda, the Kansas Conflict, and political action in Michigan. Another luncheon panel featured archivists from the National Archives, the Southern Historical Collection, and Colonial Williamsburg. link
1936 Hotel Hermitage Nashville, TN Program chair included the first European topic with a session called "Europe & the South," which included papers on Spanish influences in the region, the relationship between the Lees of Virginia and King Louis XVI, and two other papers. Nearly 200 members attended the meeting. link
1935 Tutwiler Hotel Birmingham, AL The first annual conference of the newly-created Southern Historical Association. Between its creation in 1934 and 1935, its membership grew to ~354. Ella Lonn became the first female conference participant in a panel entitled "History of the Confederacy" link