Southern Networks, Southern Distance

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Society for the Study of Southern Literature
contact email: 

Playing on the SAMLA 93 conference theme of “Social Networks and Social Distance,” the Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites papers on topics relevant to questions and issues of Southern networks and distance. A region often rendered into a single, monolithic entity, the South as articulated in various literatures rests at intersections of global politics, culture, economy, and history, which are often overlooked in traditional Southern studies. With those concerns in mind, this panel seeks submissions that investigate questions of Southern canon and the expansion thereof through Critical Race Theory, Circum-Caribbean Studies, Diasporic Studies, and the “South” in the 21st century.  We also welcome investigations related to ideas explicitly mentioned in the SAMLA conference themes of disease and crisis, community solidarity, online communities, conspiracy theories, racial and economic justice, regional politics, and many others, and especially welcome the perspectives of those that consider themselves emerging scholars in the field. If you have any questions, please contact either Cameron Lee Winter ( or Shari Arnold ( The conference itself will take place between November 4-6, 2021 in Atlanta, GA. Please, submit abstracts, biographies, and A/V requirements via the following link by Monday, May 31, 2021: