Calls For Papers

Carson McCullers:

An Interdisciplinary Conference and 94th Birthday Celebration, February 17-19, 2011, Columbus, Georgia

Call for Papers

The Carson McCullers Center at Columbus State University (Columbus, GA), invites submissions of papers and panels on a wide range of topics related to McCullers’ work and influence. The conference is especially open t multi-disciplinary perspectives and emerging works by scholars and graduate students. While the committee remains open to any topic related to McCullers, we especially encourage discussions of her influence, her plays, her novels, her short stories, gender implications of her work, film adaptations, issues of race, class, and/or sexuality, regional perspectives, issues of disability. Panel proposals are also encouraged, especially on such topics as McCullers and the Visual Arts; McCullers and Music; McCullers and Patriots; Coming of Age in McCullers’ Work; McCullers and Religion; McCullers and Confinement; McCullers and Illness; McCullers and Justice; Cafes, Kitchens, and Food in McCullers Work; McCullers’s International Reputation.

Please submit abstracts of 500-750 words to

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2010

Call for Papers / SASA 2011

“Peoples, Publics, and Places of the Souths”

Georgia State University will host the SASA 2011 conference, “Peoples, Publics, and Places of the Souths,” in downtown Atlanta, February 17 – February 19, 2011. We are excited to host a conference on the U.S., Hemispheric, and Global Souths in a city where they so prominently converge. Atlanta began as railroad junction designed to link the regions of the United States, and via their ports, the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. It is now a cosmopolitan metropolis, the home of migrants and settlers from around the globe and the nation’s busiest airport. Atlanta, which some postulate is shorthand for Atlantica-Pacifica, has served and continues to serve as a crossroads, a switching point, and a terminus of the three souths.
We invite our colleagues in American Studies, Southern Studies, and all related fields of study to join us in interdisciplinary investigations of the interconnections among the U.S., Hemispheric, and Global Souths. As always, we encourage graduate students to present papers. SASA’s Critoph Prize is an award for the best graduate student paper given at the conference; it includes a certificate and a check for $250 as well as recognition at the next SASA meeting. While we hope to attract a host of comparative, cross-cultural, transnational and transregional projects, we are open to a wide range of topics, panels, and presentations. Topics might include:

Plantation economies and post-plantation cultures
Port cities, maritime networks, and aquatic regions
African-American return South migrations
Food ways, culinary cultures, sustainable agricultures
Queer capitals and communities
Vernacular architecture and regional identities
Questioning the solid South
Public cultures, public performances
Transregional and transoceanic artistic, cultural, and literary relations
New World and New Southern Studies
Monuments, memorials, and museums
Creole languages and lifeways
Post-First/Third World theorizations
Social movements across borders
Obama and the Three Souths
Postcolonialism and the U.S. South
Occupied territories and contested terrains
Political ecologies and economies
Indigenous nations and Native networks
African-American perspectives on the Souths
Southern Silicon Valleys

Please send proposals that include a 150-200 word abstract and a one-page C.V. for each participant on an individual or session proposal to Christine Skwiot at

Deadline: September 15, 2010.

Christine Skwiot
Assistant Professor of History
Co-Chair, Program in World History and Cultures
Advisor, B.I.S. in International Studies
Department of History
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia

Announcement and First Call for Papers
21st Southern Writers Symposium
February 25-26, 2011
Methodist University
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Conference Theme: Intra/Inter-American Connections

Creatd in 1982, the Methodist University Southern Writers Symposium is designed to encourage scholarship on southern literature and culture, as well as to celebrate the writings of contemporary authors.

For the 2011 conference, organizers seek papers that explore connections between the literature of the U.S. South and that of the rest of the Americas, including Latin American literature, Canadian literature, and literature associated with the United States as a whole rather than with the South in particular. Presenters might explore ways in which specific southern writers, general trends in southern literature, and themes considered uniquely southern connect to writers, trends, and themes outside the U.S. South but within the Americas.

The organizers especially solicit proposals for papers or panels exploring the relationship between southern and Latin American literature. Building on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s claim that “Latin America begins at the Mason Dixon line,” the twenty-first Southern Writers Symposium will highlight similarities and influences connecting the literatures produced below that line. However, papers exploring connections between the South and the rest of the United States, and/or Canada, are also welcome.

A second call for papers will be forthcoming in September 2010, and 250-word abstracts will be due by October 15. For further information, or for instructions on submitting proposals for complete panels, please contact Emily Wright, Department of English and Writing, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC 28311. Phone: 910-630-7551. Email:

Emerging Writers Contest

In 2011 the Southern Writers Symposium will launch its first ever emerging writers contest. Winning writers will share their work in a Saturday session. For further information on the contest, please visit our website at or contact Brenda Jernigan, Department of English and Writing, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC 28311. Phone: 910-630-7454. Email:

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