Biennial Conference of Society for the Study of Southern Literature

Страна: США

Город: Austin

Тезисы до: 15.09.2017

Даты: 05.02.18 — 18.02.18

Область наук: Филологические;

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Организаторы: Society for the Study of Southern Literature


The Society for the Study of Southern Literature will mark its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a biennial conference, “South By and By,” at the University of Texas at Austin. With its proximity to a number of borders—including the U.S-Mexico border and the border between South and Southwest—Austin is an ideal location for a conference dedicated to rethinking the shape of southern literary studies in the twenty-first century. In addition to marking where SSSL has been, we will survey the current state of the field and discuss a number of possible futures. In turn, the conference will emphasize the increasingly diverse literatures we study, as well as our relationship to adjacent fields of inquiry. We welcome scholarship on any aspect or configuration of southern literature and culture, especially scholarship that considers its multiple and often messy connections to other literatures and cultures. As a result, we are especially interested in having scholars join us who may not identify primarily as “southernists.” And, as always, we actively encourage the work of younger scholars, who can take advantage of SSSL’s robust Emerging Scholars Organization and travel grant program.  

Possible topics:

  • The future and past of southern literary studies
  • The relationship between southern studies and African American, Mexican American/Latina/o/x, Native and Indigenous, Asian American, and LGBTQ studies
  • Southern exceptionalism and its discontents
  • South by Southwest, Northwest, Midwest, and/or Northeast literary studies
  • Southern literature and culture in the world
  • Southern and post-southern imaginaries in literature, film, and other media

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