Experiment Station

Each semester CHASES conducts scholarly workshops that we call “Experiment Stations.” An experiment station consists of a short presentation followed by a longer period of time dedicated to question and answer, comments, and feedback from MSU faculty members, librarians, and graduate students. This is a great opportunity to focus a research question, sharpen presentation skills, discover new sources, and generate a larger network of colleagues who can be of great value. Although most experiment stations center on the work of historians, periodically, scholars in allied or affiliated fields workshop their research as part of the “Intersections Series.”


  • Kymara Sneed, Mississippi State University, March 20, 2020, 4 pm in the Institute for the Humanities- "Challenging Authority: An Examination of the Racial Heirarchy of Mississippi State's Extension Service and its Effects on Local Communities"


  • Matthew Himel, Mississippi State University, March 8, 2019, 4pm in the Institute for the Humanities-"Driving Golf South: Trans-Regional Tourism and Environmental Change at Pinehurst, NC"
  • Fraser Livingston, Mississippi State University, February 8, 2019, 4pm in the Institute for the Humanities-"Forestry's Crossings: French and American Naval Stores Production in a Progressive Age"
  • Aaron Thomas, Mississippi State University, December 4, 2018, 4pm in the Gloover Moore Room-"Feathers, Wire, and Hatracks: Artificial Christmas Trees in the Early 20th Century"
  • Mikko Saikku, Helsinkin University, November 16, 2018, 4pm in the Institute for the Humanities- "Manly Nations through Nature: Landscape, Hunting, and the Wilderness Idea in North America and Nordic Countries"
  • Lisa Brady, Boise State University, September 7, 2018, 4pm in the Institute for the Humanities - "Bridging the Divide: Nature, Science, and Poltiics on the Korean Peninsula"


  • Andrew Morris, Union College, April 6, 2018, 4pm in the Institute for the Humanities Building - "Race, Rights, and Disaster Relief: Hurricane Camille and the New Politics of Disaster"
  • Intersections Series: Classical and Modern Languages and Literature: Keith Moser, March 9, 2018, 4pm in the Institute for Humanities Building - "The Interdiscipline of Cosmic Historiograpy: A Thought Experiment Inspired by Michel Serres's Philosophy and J. M. G. Le Clezio's Fiction"
  • Will Bryan, Otober 13, 2017, 4pm in the Institute for Humanities Building - "Rooting Ecotourism in Southern Soils: The First Generation of 'Green Developers'"


  • Intersections Series: Library: Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, October 28, 2016, 4pm in the Institute for Humanities Building - "Digital Humanities Methods for Environmental and Agricultural Historians"
  • Muey Saeturn, October 21, 2016, 4pm in the Institute for Humanities Building - "Kenya's Smallholder Tea Farmers and the Developmentalist State in the Era of Decolonization"
  • Jason Hauser, September 23, 2016, 4pm in the Institute for the Humanities Building - "'Cool freedom is far better than hot oppression': Heat and Slavery in the Antebellum South"


  • Alix Hui, January 22, 2016, 4pm in the Institute for Humanities Building - "From Vogelflote to wichity, wichity, wichity: Standardizing the Sounds of Nature in the First Decades of the Twentieth Century"
  • Intersections Series: Plant and Soil Sciences: Brien Henry, November 20, 2015, 4pm in the Institute for Humanities Building - "Corn Production in the Mid-South"
  • Bart Elmore, October 30, 2015, 4pm in the Institute for Humanities Building - "Ecological  Imperialism Revisited: Genetic Engineering and Presidential Foriegn Assistance Policy, 1980-2015"


  • Intersections Series: Anthropology, Archaeology, and Religious Studies
    David M. Hoffman – Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at MSU
    Evan Peacock – Associate Professor of Anthropology at MS
    Joseph D. Witt – Assistant Professor of Religion at MSU
  • Nick Timmerman, “Every Mound a Memory: Competing Understandings of Indian Mounds in 19th and 20th Century American Culture”


  • Albert G. Way, Kennesaw State University, “Making Hay: Agrostology, Agriculture, and Environment in the New South and Beyond"
  • Owen Hyman, “Green Empire? The Great Southern Lumber Company and the Nature of Rural Industry in the South"
  • Nathan Drake, “Swamp Thing: Alligators, Symbolism, and the American Culture of Violence”
  • Frank Uekoetter, University of Birmingham (UK), “The Simple Life, Farming Style: Explorations into the World of Monoculture"


  • Mark Hersey, "If It All Blows Up and Goes to Hell: True Stories of People and Nature from the Black Belt"
  • Karen Senaga, "Constructing Catfish: Aquaculture, Industry, and Culture in the South"
  • Kevin Johnson, "'The Tyrants in Washington': Anticommunism, Science Education, and the National Defense Education Act in Mississippi, 1945-1973."
  • Alexandra Hui, “How We Created a Music To Ignore and How We Then Decided to Hate It: A History of the Science of Background Music.”