Southern Writers/Southern Writing 2013 Conference

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The University of Mississippi Department of English Graduate Students

The 19th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2013 Faulkner Conference will be available at

The Graduate Students in the Department of English invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern literature and writers. Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, 18-20 July 2013. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Thadious M. Davis, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English at The University of Pennsylvania and most recently author of _Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature_.

The conference regularly features panels on authors William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, Jean Toomer, and Eudora Welty, as well as contemporary writers like Cormac McCarthy, Richard Ford, Fannie Flagg, Larry Brown, and Lee Smith. Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature, however. Especially welcome are submissions on:

Defining and problematizing "The South"
Topics in race, gender, class, and identity
The U.S. South in global contexts
Southern space and place
Ecocriticism, travel narratives, nature writing, and the Southern landscape
Religion, gothic, and "the grotesque"
Interdisciplinary studies
Folklore, material culture, and community
Film and media studies
Letters, diaries, and periodicals
Oral culture, music, and food representation in Southern culture and literature

We also invite creative submissions, including poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts that deal with Southern themes or settings.

We are happy to introduce a Faulkner Paper Prize this year in addition to the annual Colby H. Kullman Award for the top critical and creative submissions

Please send a 200–300-word abstract of a critical work or an entire creative work to The conference reading-limit for critical works is 15 minutes. Panel proposals that include three or four participants are also welcome. Please send your submissions as Word attachments and include your university affiliation, summer address, and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 1 April 2013. For more information, please contact Amy K. King at