Southern Ecologies, Southern Capital: The Making and Unmaking of the (Non)Human World (SSSL Panel 2022)****Extended Deadline
*Deadline Extended to 9/10*
Panel for The Society for the Study of Southern Literature 2022.
The conference will take place February 17-20, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a hybrid conference with virtual attendance available.
Southern Ecologies, Southern Capital:
The Making and Unmaking of the (Non)Human World
The South has historically been marked by the capital extraction of human, nonhuman, and natural resources from its uniquely fertile yet often impoverished environments, at both national and global scales. The abundance of the “four cheaps” necessary for the accumulation of capital—food, labor-power, energy, and raw materials—has made it a site of intense exploitation of living beings, as well as environmental degradation. This panel will seek to understand capital’s capacity to make and unmake worlds by examining the circulation of capital and the roles that infrastructural development, social engineering, and forced displacement have played in both the material and ideational creation of southern ecologies, from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to the sugarcane plantations in Jamaica. At the same time, we also consider the way capital undergirds constructions of identity and continues to dictate who has access to the political category of the human.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
-Environmental Humanities & Ethics
-Global Economies and Environmental Precarity
-The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
-Gender and Sexuality
-Animal Studies / Questions of the Human