Extended Deadline - CFP: Global Souths Conference (March 19-21, 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
University of Louisiana at Lafayette English Graduate Student Association
contact email: 


Fourth Annual Global Souths Conference

Formerly the Deep South in the Global South Conference

March 19-21, 2020

University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana


“Doing southern studies is unmasking and refusing the binary thinking--‘North’/‘South,’ nation/South, First World/Third World, self/other--that postcolonial studies has taught us is the most damaging rhetorical structure of empire. Doing southern studies is thinking geographically, thinking historically, thinking relationally, thinking about power, thinking about justice, thinking back.”             --Scott Romaine & Jennifer Rae Greeson

Introduction to Keywords for Southern Studies

The Global Souths conference is a three-day, interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore the connections between the U. S. South and the Global South. The South is more than place. It is a point of connection, a nexus of ideas transcending both geographical and ideological boundaries. 


We invite all scholars and graduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to submit critical and creative proposals that explore humanity’s interactions with and responses to an increasingly globalized world.

  • Space, Place, and Globalization

  • Challenging notions of “Global North/South”

  • The language of a global identity 

  • Conceptualizations of passing; ethnic hybridity

  • Interethnic influences and cultural appropriations

  • Global feminisms; Women and nation building

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Social Media

  • War and Revolution

  • Urban development and gentrification

  • Imperialism and subalternity

  • Commodification of place; the World Tourism Organization and Poverty

  • World Health Organization; Global Hysteria and Epidemics

  • Labor politics; NAFTA and the WTO

  • Pedagogy for generating/transforming learning

The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete panel submissions as well as individual paper abstract submissions. Creative submissions related to the conference theme are also welcome. In your submission, please include the following: 

1. Name and Affiliation (if any)
2. Email contact
3. Title of paper
4. Brief Abstract (250-300 words)
5. A/V requirements: please indicate none or yes; if yes, please specify the equipment required.
6. Brief biography (60 word limit)

Graduate student travel grants of $200 are available. All graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program (besides ULL) and planning to present a paper at the Global Souths conference are eligible to apply. Applications are given a blind review by the members of the Graduate Student Travel Grant committee and are evaluated on the following criteria: clarity, originality, and value in furthering  the scholarship of the Global South. Proposals focusing on the intersections of the Deep South and the Global South will be given priority. Checks will be distributed to recipients during the conference's awards dinner.

Please e-mail your application materials to Rachel Ewing at pamalarachelewing@gmail.com. The Graduate Student Travel grant application deadline is December 31, 2019. 

In the Email Header: Please indicate that you are applying for the travel grant by writing “Travel Grant Application” in the subject line, followed by a brief title of the paper (one to five words)

Please attach your CV, a brief statement detailing the ways your project will contribute to Global South studies, and the following information as a Word or RTF document.
1. Name and Affiliation 
2. Email contact
3. Title of paper and Brief Abstract (250-300 words)
4. A/V requirements: please indicate none or yes; if yes, please specify the equipment required.
5. Brief biography (60 word limit)

The deadline for individual papers and complete panel submissions is December 15, 2019. 

Submit all proposals to dsgsconference@gmail.com. Graduate Student Travel Grant applications should be sent to pamalarachelewing@gmail.com. Please visit our website for more information: www.DSGSconference.weebly.com

Additional questions may also be submitted to Caitlin Vance, Co-Chair of the Global Souths Conference Programming Committee, at caitlin.vance1@louisiana.edu. Caitlin Vance is a PhD candidate in English & Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafyaette.