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


Conference Events:

Featured Artist: Marcia Weber, Owner, Marcia Weber Art Objects, Original Self Taught, Contemporary Folk, Outsider Art. Weber has been a gallerist in Central Alabama since 1991 and is an expert in self-taught and outsider art, with particular focus on regional figures. Her talk “Visions of the South: Self-taught, visionary, and outsider art" addresses her work and experiences. It occurs on Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 109. This lecture and the accompanying exhibition were generously supported by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. 

Brenda Davis My Spirit
Brenda Davis, My Spirit in Wind and Water ... I am Free Here, 2010. Mixed media on wood, 32 x 48 inches, Courtesy of Marcia Weber Art Objects. 

The exhibition Visions of the South: Self-taught, Visionary, and Outsider Art will be on view in the Auburn University at Montgomery art gallery from January 9 - February 27, 2019. 

Learn more about Goodwyn Gallery at AUM

Keynote for Friday, February 1: 

Dr. Wayne FlintDr. Wayne Flynt,
Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Auburn University
“Pulitzers and Politics: The Best and Worst of the 'Southern Way of Life'” 
Goodwyn Hall 109, 2-3:00 pm

This lecture was generously supported by a grant from the AUM Lectures Committee and additional funding from the Department of History and World Languages and Culture

Keynote for Saturday, February 2: 

Mark Twain BookDr. Jeffrey Melton, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Alabama
“Southern Roads and the Landscapes of Desire” 
Goodwyn Hall 109, 12:45-1:45 pm

This lecture was generously supported by a contribution from the Department of English and Philosophy

Optional Outing

After panels conclude mid-afternoon on Saturday, participants who have pre-registered will visit the The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, both located in downtown Montgomery, AL. 

2019 Southern Studies Conference Program

Conference Registration:

All attendees must register for the Conference. The Conference fee contributes to the host costs, including refreshments and three full meals (Friday lunch & dinner and Saturday lunch). Registration packages include both early-bird and regular registration rates and selections that include pricing for the optional group outing.

Register for the 2019 Southern Studies Conference

Planning for the Conference:

The conference is held at Auburn University at Montgomery and runs from 8:30 am on Friday, February 1 through mid-afternoon of Saturday, February 2, 2019.


There are 25 rooms being held at the Holiday Inn-Eastchase for a discounted rate of $84/night from Thursday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, Feb. 3. This rate expires on January 2, 2019. The Holiday Inn-Eastchase is a five-minute drive from AUM’s campus and is located near The Shoppes at Eastchase. There will be a Southern Studies Conference Shuttle Service which will do Friday and Saturday morning pick-ups and Friday and Saturday night drop-offs to this Hotel. Reservations should be made directly at 334-271-5516.


A parking pass is needed to park on campus Friday. Print and display it on your dashboard.

Southern Studies Conference Parking Pass

Map of Campus:

map of the Auburn Montgomery campus is available for your convenience.

Exploring Montgomery: 

Do you want to take advantage of your time in Montgomery, but are unsure of what else you might do? There are lots of things to see and explore in the city and the region.

The Conference Committee’s Explore Montgomery Guide


Auburn Montgomery Lectures Committee Alabama State Council on the Arts

Previous Conferences:

2018 Southern Studies Conference
2017 Southern Studies Conference
2016 Southern Studies Conference