40th Annual Meeting
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Abstract Deadline: July 11, 2008
The Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts & Landscapes (PAS: APAL) will hold its 40th annual conference at the recently restored Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 15-18, 2008.
This event will be held in conjunction with the Eastern Historical Geographers Association (EHGA) meeting and will be hosted by the Department of Geography & Anthropology at Louisiana State University.
The 2008 Conference theme is: Landscapes at Risk.
There will be two field trips. The Thursday River Road tour will be led by cultural geographer, Craig Colten, through landscapes that face non-weather-related risks. The tour will include stops in Carville, Donaldsonville, and Plaquemine, LA. Risks from sprawling chemical complexes and the emissions that rift from them present many challenges to communities and landscape preservation. The Saturday tour, led by cultural anthropologist, Jay Edwards, will travel through the extensive areas of weather-related devastation and renewal in New Orleans. Creole cottages, shotguns, and doubles will be staple fare for the day.
The conference committee is now accepting proposals for papers, special sessions, and panel discussions. The meeting organizers encourage papers and sessions that reflect the conference theme, Landscapes at Risk, but they welcome papers that will be of interest to
members of either organization.
Presenters must be members of PAS: APAL. Individual memberships are $50 per year, while student memberships are $25 per year.
Abstracts must be of no more than 200 words, which includes the authors’ names, affiliations, and title of the paper. You may submit as an email attachment in Word or WordPerfect. The deadline for abstract submissions is: July 11, 2008.
Louisiana State University-Celestial Campus
Diffusion in Heaven
Body of the abstract: This should include a problem statement, a statement about methods, and a brief description of the conclusions.
Please send abstracts to:
Craig E. Colten
Department of Geography and Anthropology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Please mark audio-visual needs on the conference
registration form. (Conference registration forms are
available for download on the PAS: APAL website,
All rooms will have a digital projector; presenters
will be expected to bring laptops or coordinate with
others in their session to share a laptop if they wish
to make a digital presentation.