Pop South: Consuming the Region (SAMLA 2017)

deadline for submissions: 
June 16, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Emerging Scholars Organization of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature

POP SOUTH: CONSUMING THE REGION (South Atlanta Modern Language Assocation, November 3 -5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia)


The U.S. South is persistently served up for aesthetic consumption: from nineteenth century southwestern humor sketches to the televisual spectacles of Buckwild and Honey Boo-Boo, or in contemporary media from the S-Town podcast to Atlanta’s trap music scene. While the modernisms of Faulkner, Toomer, and O’Connor produced iconic conceptualizations of the South, the Pop South has emerged to complicate those conventions. The Emerging Scholars Organization of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites paper proposals that meditate on southern representation, popular culture, and media forms designed for mass consumption. We seek abstracts about southern popular culture and/or southern representations in U.S. or global medias. For this panel, the “Pop” of Pop South can refer to style and tone of multiple media, such as music, television, film, magazine, sketch culture, and popular literature. While all papers should consider the topic of the South and popular media, other intersections might include: ·

* Aesthetics of southern Pop-iness
* Commodification of the South via popular media ·
* Representations of the South/southerness in national or global contexts ·
* Stereotypes of the South, and or southern-made stereotypes
* Brandings of the South · Accessibility of southern representations ·
* Popular representations of/in the Global South, Appalachian South, or Circum-Caribbean South

We welcome participants inside and outside of southern studies, as well as those who have wide-ranging conceptions of both “Pop” and “South. Please send 300-word proposals and A/V requirements to emergingscholarsorg@gmail.com by June 16, 2017.