Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2019

deadline for submissions: 
April 14, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
University Of Mississippi

The Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SW/SW) is a graduate student event hosted by the University of Mississippi from 18-20 July 2019.


Celebrating its 25th year this summer, the conference invites participants to look back, look forward, and look further. We welcome abstracts for paper and panel proposals that explore southern literature, writers, culture, and key figures. The conference seeks to foster a multi-disciplinary environment, featuring graduate students with an interest in the US South from departments across the humanities and social sciences. Potential topics for discussion include:


  • Intersections of southern material culture, cultural identity, and literature

  • Topics in race, gender, class, and identity

  • The Global South

  • Southern space and place

  • Ecocriticism, travel narratives, nature writing, and the southern landscape

  • Religion, gothic, and the “grotesque”

  • Southern folklore, sociology, ethnography, geography, biology

  • Southern media/popular culture - film, television, music, podcasts, etc.

  • Letters, diaries, and periodicals

  • Oral culture, music, and food representation in Southern culture and literature


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

Both critical and creative submissions are eligible for the Faulkner Paper Prize and the Colby H. Kullman Award.


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 and a short bio.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 14 April 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-May.

For more information, please contact Laura Wilson at:


Our plenary speaker for the conference this year will be Trudier Harris (Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Alabama), author of From Mammies to Militants:  Domestics in Black American Literature (1982), The Power of the Porch: The Storyteller’s Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan (1996), and The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South (2009).

Also confirmed for the program are: Jaime Harker, professor of English at the University of Mississippi and author of The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement, and the Queer Literary Canon (2018), and Kiese Laymon, author of the best-selling memoir Heavy (2018).

Southern Writers/Southern Writing is run in conjunction with the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. More information about proceedings for the 2019 Faulkner Conference—Faulkner’s Families—is available at the following link: