Pop South: Translating the Region

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

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

Keeping with SAMLA 91’s theme, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature's Emerging Scholars Organization seeks abstracts for a panel linking the popularly imagined “South” to languages of power, identity, and relationships. We are interested in exploring how narratives from and about the “South” reveal power dynamics in the United States; how stories about the region can help us better understand lived experience and personal identity; and how conceptions of the “South” shed light on racial and social relationships. We welcome submissions focusing on a wide range of perspectives, but we especially seek to highlight work that challenges or disrupts long-established views of the “South” – which often characterize the region as a white, heteronormative, and agrarian space. We hope to illustrate how authors in a broad spectrum of mediums have spoken back against the perceived “norms” of Southern culture and identity, and we want to learn more about how these artists have used the media of popular culture to defy, destroy, or reshape limiting constructions of racial and social order.


While all papers should consider the topic of the “South” and popular media, other intersections might include: 

  • Aesthetics of southern Pop-iness
  • The Queer or Quare South
  • The Urban South - Rural South – Gentrifying South
  • Commodification of the South  
  • R.epresentations of the South/southerness in national or global contexts
  • Stereotypes of the South, and / or southern-made stereotypes
  • Brandings of the South
  • Accessibility of southern representations  
  • Popular representations of/in the Global South, Appalachian South, or Circum-Caribbean Souths  
  • Conceptions of region and race or racelessness 

We welcome participants inside and outside of southern studies, as well as those who have wide-ranging conceptions of both “Pop” and “South." Please send 300-word proposals and A/V requirements to emergingscholarsorg@gmail.com by June 12, 2019. For more information about the Emerging Scholars Organization, visit http://southernlit.org/eso/.