Call for Proposals: Completing Clemson University History

Editors, Dr. Joshua Catalano and Dr. Rhondda R. Thomas 

Clemson University, which was built by mostly African American convicted laborers on US Statesman John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation, has started the important process of critically engaging with its history. Part of this effort must include scholarly research that reexamines and uncovers the untold histories of people who are a part of the Clemson story. We invite chapter proposals for inclusion in a peer-reviewed, multi-volume work on the history of Clemson University and local communities to be published by Clemson University Press. 

These volumes will expand the scope of Clemson history to include the stories of people that have been left out of the existing scholarship. We are particularly interested in the experiences of women, persons of color, those of different socioeconomic backgrounds, and people of various identities (sexual orientation, ability, religion, age, etc.). The scope of this project has no temporal bounds as we encourage submissions ranging from time immemorial to the present. 

Potential topics could include:

Indigenous history; history of enslaved individuals; agricultural history; environmental history including the impact of the Hartwell Dam; Clemson and the Confederacy; military history; sports history; leisure; labor; fraternities/sororities; clubs/organizations; experiences of international students; inventions; music; art and architecture; departmental history; women’s history; the university’s relationship with other institutions; the impact of federal programs, laws, and funding; desegregation and its impact; student protest and activism; and staff experiences.

Abstract submissions should be organized around a person, group, event, or thematic topic. The final version of each chapter will be between 7,000 and 8,000 words, including notes. 

Please submit a one-page, single-spaced abstract and a two-page c.v. to Dr. Joshua Catalano and Dr. Rhondda Thomas at cuessays@clemson.edu. The due date for abstract submissions is June 1, 2022.  

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