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Southern Studies Conference

The Southern Studies Conference, hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery, explores themes related to the American South across a wide array of disciplines and methodologies. Registrants to the two-day conference enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels on topics spanning the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, history, literature and theater, music, communications studies, political science, and sociology. The conference also hosts two distinguished keynote speakers and a visiting artist, who gives a talk and mounts a gallery exhibition.


Southern Studies Conference
Auburn University at Montgomery
February 1-2, 2019 

Now in its eleventh year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites proposals for twenty-minute academic papers or creative presentations on any aspect of Southern Studies (broadly defined), including those relating to the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, history, literature, theater, music, communications, political science, and sociology. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to this theme are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


--Southern food studies
--Pedagogy and the teaching of Southern topics
--Canonicity and the South
--Slavery and the American South
--Civil War narratives
--Civil Rights narratives
--Southern Geographies
--Explorations of race and conflict in the South
--Religion in the South
--Southern literature
--History of science or medicine in the South
--Southern arts (in any medium or genre)
--Southern architecture
--Explorations of the Southern worker
--Southern politics
--Anthropological studies of the South
--Sociological studies of the South
--Southern music
--Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas
--Native American topics of the South
--Stories of immigration/migration and border-crossings
--Contemporary re/mis-conceptions of "The South"
--Creative presentations by artists/performers/writers who work in the South/make work about the South


Proposals can be emailed to and should include a 250-word abstract and a 2-page CV. The deadline for submission is October 22, 2018. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend, if accepted. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by November 2018. For more information, please contact Naomi Slipp, Conference Director and Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery at


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