Southern Studies Conference, February 18-19, 2011

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Auburn University Montgomery
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The third annual Liberal Arts Conference at Auburn Montgomery invites panel and paper proposals on the literature of the American South.  Topics might include:

--Slavery and the American South; slave narratives
--Civil War narratives
--Civil rights narratives; explorations of race and conflict
--Southern religion and literature
--Ecocriticism and the landscape of Southern writing
--Regionalist writers of the American South
--Southern food studies
--Explorations of the Southern worker
--The plantation novel
--Changing conceptions of Southern aristocracy in literature
--Southern women writers
--Southern travel writing
--Southern children's literature
--Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas
--Native American literature of the South
--Stories of immigration / migration and border-crossings
--Contemporary reconceptions of "The South"
--Contemporary literacy and writing programs of the American South
--Studies of works by canonical Southern authors such as Twain, Welty, and Faulkner
--Studies of works by lesser-known Southern writers

Distinguished speakers include poet and critic Robert Ray Morgan (Cornell), Civil War historian William J. Cooper (LSU), and artist Doug Baulos (University of Alabama Birmingham). Registrants to the conference will be able to enjoy over twenty peer-reviewed panels on the topic of the South over two days, spanning the fields of anthropology, art history, American history, American literature and theater, music history, and sociology. Proposals for panels and papers of 250 words in length are being accepted until October 15, 2010, with notice of acceptance by November 15, 2010. Proposals will be refereed by established scholars in each discipline. Proposals for panels and papers as well as general queries can be addressed to For more information go to