Southern Ecologies, Southern Capital: The Making and Unmaking of the (Non)Human World (SSSL Panel 2022)****Extended Deadline

deadline for submissions: 
September 10, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
The Society for the Study of Southern Literature 2022

*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 


-Racial Capital

-The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade 


-Carceral Studies

-Climate Change


-Gender and Sexuality  

-Animal Studies / Questions of the Human

-Multispecies Justice 

-Neo-colonial studies 


-New Materialism



-Subaltern Souths 

-Hemispheric Studies 


Please submit a 300 word abstract and a brief biography to Savannah DiGregorio at and Huntley Hughes at by September 10th.