Southern Pedagogy: Southern Studies in the Humanities Classroom

deadline for submissions: 
June 12, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

November 15-17, 2019 | Westin Peachtree Plaza | Atlanta, GA



Given the theme of SAMLA 91, the board of the Emerging Scholars Organization (ESO) of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) invites you join our panel exploring the ways in which the study of the American and Global South features in explorations of power relationships in the humanities classroom. This panel welcomes abstracts that discuss how the historical and cultural study of the South, broadly defined, impacts student and teacher understandings of language and identity in modern networks of power. It is our hope that this panel will solidify an understanding of the South as a wide spectrum of lived experiences and the ways in which that understanding can help the teacher in the modern college classroom. The parameters of this panel are purposefully large, and college teachers of any discipline should feel free to submit a proposal concerning the ways they use the South to fruitfully engage students and develop their thinking and writing.


Papers can cover a wide range of topics relating to pedagogy and southern studies, but possible topics might include:

  • Activities and projects incorporating southern studies in wider humanities courses
  • Discussions of white supremacy and African-American studies through the southern lens
  • Incorporation of activism into a southern studies syllabus
  • Service learning as a means for developing praxis from discussions of power
  • Instances of using “The South” to illuminate student understanding of global power complexes


We welcome teachers of all disciplines to our panel. Please send 300-word proposals and A/V requirements to by June 12, 2019.