CFP: [American] Society for the Study of Southern Literature 2008 Conference

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Eric Gary Anderson
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Southern Roots and Routes: Origins, Migrations, Transformations

The New Southern Studies is currently revolutionizing the study of the
American South by unsettling its histories, blurring once-accepted borders,
excavating forgotten stories, foregrounding cultural encounters, and
situating a region once designated as anti-modern within the currents of
modernity, postmodernity, and globalization. Multicultural observances of
Jamestown’s 400th anniversary and the bicentennial of the closing of the
slave trade indicate just two new directions explored by the New Southern
Studies, and in recognition of these two overlapping commemorations and of
the field’s new avenues, the program committee for the 2008 biennial
meeting of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature has chosen as
its conference theme “Southern Roots and Routes: Origins, Migrations,
Transformations,” to be held April 18-20, 2008, at the College of William
and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

We’ve borrowed the theme from the contact zone perspectives developed by
Mary Louise Pratt and in particular James Clifford, the latter of whom
takes issue with traditional concepts of culture by juxtaposing dwelling
and travel, stasis and displacement, separation and reciprocity. In this
day of ongoing debates on slave reparations, contested memories and
commemorations, and shifting cultural identities, then, it seems highly
appropriate to hold a conference foregrounding diasporas and homelands,
foundings and migrations, at the College of William and Mary, which
originally included an Indian school, relied upon slave labor, trained
generations of Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early National leaders,
participated in the slavery/anti-slavery debate, and housed Union troops
during the Civil War.

Program committee members Eric Anderson, Suzanne Jones, and Susan Donaldson
welcome both session proposals and individual paper abstracts addressing
the theme of roots and routes, settlement and travel, tradition and
transformation. Please send two-page session proposals and/or one-page
individual paper abstracts as MS Word attachments by December 15, 2007, to
Susan Donaldson's email address at the College of William and Mary
( Names, institutions, and email addresses should be
included at the beginning of all submissions.

Among the topics session and individual paper proposals may want to address
are the following:

Native American writers and rethinking place
Representing and contesting slavery
Colonial encounters on the Eastern seaboard
Caribbean connections
Traveling and artistic identity
Literary communities in the twentieth-century South
Contested representations of Native American antecedents
Blues, bluegrass music, and southern migrations
Contemporary Asian American writing in the South
Film and the new multicultural South
Early African American writing and reclaiming history
Cultural traumas and contested histories
Photography and reform
Tourism and tourist sites
Families, kith, and kin
Indian Removal and its aftermath
Maroon communities and cultures
New ethnic literatures
Teaching the roots and routes of New Southern Studies
Remaking Native American identities and communities
Civil Rights histories and novels
Reclaiming Appalachia
Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, and writing
Borderlands in the South
Sun Belt cities and urban life
Writing against the slave trade
Novels of migration
Evangelicalism and the mass media

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