The Southern Studies Conference at Auburn University Montgomery (February 8-9, 2013):

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Auburn University Montgomery Liberal Arts
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The third annual Liberal Arts Conference at Auburn University 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 will include authority on Southern History and Culture James C. Cobb, Professor of History, University of Georgia, and Eudora Welty scholar Pearl A. McHaney, Professor of English, Georgia State University. The featured artist will be Scott Stephens, Professor of Art, University of Montevallo, a creative master of southern landscapes.

Registrants to the conference will be able to enjoy 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 will be accepted until October 30, 2012, with notice of acceptance by November 19. Proposals will be refereed by established scholars in each discipline. Proposals for panels and papers as well as general queries should be addressed to For more information, please go to