UPDATE Southern Studies Conference (February 10-11, 2012)

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Southern Studies: The AUM Liberal Arts Conference at Auburn University Montgomery, February 10 and 11, 2012.

Call for Papers: New Orleans Foodie Lit

In Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans food writer Dar Wolnik defines New Orleans by three things: the music nurtured by the hundreds of musicians that walk its streets daily; the ingrained corruption birthed by the French and Spanish and refined by subsequent Louisiana politicians; and most importantly, by a food culture so complex that non-natives must make numerous visits to even begin to understand how it sustains not only the body but also every aspect of life itself as it relates to the city and its inhabitants. For example, Andrei Codrescu, in New Orleans Mon Amour, uses specific foods, recipes, and restaurants to describe the twenty plus year love affair he has with the city. My New Orleans begins and ends with allusions to food and cooking as it reveals the undying dedication to the city by its natives in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. And despite Julia Reed's effort at recording her personal experience with Katrina, The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story turns out to be more of a dedication to the restaurants and chefs destroyed and displaced by Katrina than a documentation of any personal loss. This panel invites papers and presentations that seek to analyze and discuss how New Orleans' food culture and the resulting literature, both fiction and nonfiction, served an indispensible role in creating the most unique of Southern cities and how they still serve vital roles in the continuing process of the rebuilding effort. Topics might include but are not limited to:

• The foodie fiction of Poppy Z. Brite
• Frances Parkinson Keyes' Dinner at Antoine's
• Jerry E. Strahan's Managing Ignatius
• Tom Fitzmorris' Hungry Town
• The mythologies of the "grand dames" of New Orleans restaurants
• The distinctive stories and flavors of Cajun and Creole cuisine
• The histories surrounding New Orleans' "signature" dishes
• Gumbo Tales
• The story of the "po-boy"
• The African, Italian, German, and Vietnamese food fusion
• The Post-Katrina new Orleans food scene

Abstracts of 250-300 words in length are being accepted until October 15, with notice of acceptance by November 15. Abstracts should be sent as a Microsoft Word Attachment to Paul Mahaffey at mahaffey@montevallo.edu.
Abstracts will be refereed by established scholars in each discipline. For more information go to www.aum.edu/aumlac