Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2018

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Mississippi

The 24th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SWSW) is a graduate student event hosted by the University of Mississippi from 19-21 July 2018. We welcome abstracts for paper and panel proposals that explore Southern literature, writers, culture, and key figures. The conference seeks to foster a multi-disciplinary environment, featuring graduate students with an interest in the U.S South. Potential topics for discussion include:

  • Intersections of Southern material culture, cultural identity, and literature

  • Re-defining the boundaries of the “South,” and considering the region in a global context

  • Topics in race, gender, class, and identity

  • The U.S. South in global contexts

  • Southern space and place

  • Ecocriticism, travel narratives, nature writing, and the Southern landscape

  • Religion, gothic, and “the grotesque”

  • Interdisciplinary studies

  • Folklore, material culture, and community

  • Film and media studies

  • Letters, diaries, and periodicals

  • Oral culture, music, and food representation in Southern culture and literature

We also invite creative submissions, including poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts that deal with Southern themes or settings. Both critical and creative submissions are eligible for the Faulkner Paper Prize and the Colby H. Kullman Award. Our plenary speaker for the conference this year will be David A. Davis, Associate Professor of English at Mercer University, and author of the recently published World War I and Southern Modernism (UPress of Mississippi, 2017).

Please send a 200–300-word abstract of a critical work or an entire creative work to The conference reading limit for critical works is 15 minutes. Panel proposals that include three or four participants are also welcome. Please send your submissions as Word attachments and include your university affiliation and short bio. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 15 April 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-May.

For more information, please contact Michelle Ayers at