Conference 2017

The Center for Civil War Research and the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History present the eleventh annual Conference on the Civil War.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Christopher Phillips (University of Cincinnati) author of The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border, which was the winner of the 2017 Tom Watson Brown Book Award. 

"Borders, Boundaries, and Lines in the Civil War"
September 29 & 30

The Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi seeks papers for the 2017 Conference on the Civil War, to be held September 29 and 30 in Oxford, Mississippi.

This year’s theme is "Borders, Boundaries, and Lines." We encourage submissions that interpret the theme broadly and welcome scholarship on both literal and figurative borders. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Border states
The border between slavery and freedom
Border patrols
Natural and manmade borders
Border crossings
Boundaries (both transgressed and upheld)
Gender boundaries
Moral and ethical boundaries
Racial boundaries
Front lines
Lines of communication
Dividing lines
Battle lines
Liminal spaces/places

The 2017 Wiley-Silver Prize for Best First Book in Civil War History will also be awarded at the conference.

We encourage submissions from scholars of all ranks, including graduate students. To submit a proposal, send a CV and a 600-word abstract to by August 1, 2017. Questions should also be directed to