SoHoST 2018 Mississippi State University

The 12th Annual Southern History of Science and Technology Conference will be held at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS on March 23-24, 2018. SoHost brings together new and established scholars in the history of science from all over the southern United States. Founded at Mississippi State in 2007, it is a showcase for the region’s growing community in the history of science and related fields.

Registration | Program | Accommodations | Call for Papers | Sponsors

Call for Papers

The Mississippi State University Department of History invites abstracts for the 12th annual meeting of SoHoST. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit proposals (300 words or fewer, please) for papers on any topic in the history, sociology, or anthropology of science, technology, and medicine. Papers on pedagogy, research methods, and digital humanities are also invited. We especially encourage proposals for joint sessions or roundtables.

The deadline for paper proposal submissions is February 12, 2018. Please submit your paper proposal here.

Questions may be e-mailed to Dr. Davide Orsini at


Please register for the Conference here. All attendees and presenters should register so that we may gain an accurate count for catering and seating.


See the full program here

Keynote Speaker: James R. Fleming, Colby College. Friday, March 23, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Title: Gordian Knots of Prevision: Atmospheric research in the first half of the twentieth century. The work of three interconnected generations of meteorologists Vilhelm Bjerknes, Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Harry Wexler, Ed Lorenz  — and the influence of three transformative technologies — radio, aerospace, nuclear — from the dawn of applied fluid dynamics to the emergence of the new Gordian Knot of chaos.

Welcome reception, Friday March 23, 7:00 PM

Panel presentations, Saturday March 24


We made a block reservation at the Courtyard Marriott. King and Double rooms are available for 119 $ per night for SoHoST members and participants. In general, we recommend three locations within walking distance of campus:

Courtyard Marriott Starkville

Comfort Suites Starkville

Hampton Inn Starkville

Another option in Downtown Starkville

Hotel Chester Downtown Starkville

Other Accommodations

For those of you who will be in town on Friday before the keynote speech and Saturday after the conference ends, there are numerous restaurants, diners, and cafes in the vicinity of campus that you may enjoy, at a variety of price points.


GTR regional airport, Columbus MS

Airport shuttle service to Starkville 


Mississippi State University, History Department