Animal(ity) in Southern Literature (In-Person Panel)

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
contact email: 

This traditional session welcomes submissions on any representation of nonhuman animals or animality in southern literature from the last century. With the development of posthumanism and human-animal studies over the last few decades, nonhuman animals in literature invite readers to no longer consider them as only symbols of human experience, but instead as literary agents of cultural change for both human and nonhuman worlds. Particularly, this panel seeks to explore how those nonhuman animals are active in southern literature. Panelists may be interested in examining nonhuman animals or animality in a single southern text, a southern author’s oeuvre, or an entire southern genre. Considering this year’s theme of “Change,” this session will not define the "south" as a strictly American region, so abstracts from a range of global and regional souths are welcome. By June 30th, please submit an abstract of 250 words, a brief bio, and any A/V or scheduling requests to Kacee McKinney, University of Mississippi, at


*Currently this session will take place in-person at the 94th SAMLA conference. It will be held November 11-13, 2022 in Jacksonville, FL. For more information: