Kudzu and Moonshine: Reading, Writing, and Interpreting the Dysfunctional South (due 31 January 2014)

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The Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars Conference
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The American South and its cultures, traditions, celebrations, music, literature, and dialects have long been a source of fascination, derision, and entertainment for those not Southern. Southerners have the national reputation of backwardness (educationally, politically, diet, and fitness), racist, or zealously religious. These stereotypes continue to be reinforced through the media and, some would argue, by Southerners themselves.

We invite undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate scholars, and independent scholars to submit papers that emphasize the exploration and study of the humanities. Interdisciplinary papers making connections between genres (for example, the intersection of southern history and literature, southern culture and music, stereotypes of southerners that are reinforced by reality television programs, etc.) are particularly welcome.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due by January 31, 2014. Abstracts should include name, title of paper, institution, contact information, and a brief bio. For panel proposals, please list topics and titles of papers and an explanation of how these papers fit together. Also, please provide a 250-word abstract from each proposed panel member. Decisions will be made by February 15, 2014. Conference details will be emailed to participants upon acceptance.

Please send abstracts to: cescon@mailbox.sc.edu.

The third annual Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars Conference will be held at the University of South Carolina-Union on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The USC-Union campus is located in the Upstate region of South Carolina, between Charlotte, NC, and Columbia, SC.

This year's keynote speaker will be Dori Sanders, author of Clover and Dori Sanders' Country Cooking.

Visit our website at usclancaster.sc.edu/cesc.