Speculative Mapping -- Guaranteed Panel at SAMLA 95

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Emerging Scholars Organization (ESO) -- Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)

CFP: Speculative Mapping

SAMLA 95 (Home (memberclicks.net) will meet in Atlanta, GA from 11/9 - 11/11/2023. The ESO (Emerging Scholars' Organization) is guaranteed a panel. The CFP is below:


The Emerging Scholars Organization (ESO), an affiliate of the Society of the Study of Southern Literature, invites current students and/or beginning faculty to submit abstracts for an upcoming guaranteed panel on (re/un)mapping the South. There has been an increased interest in relationships between speculative mapping, spaces of resistance, and hierarchies of place. Some examples include: interactive visualizations of networks of enslaved and freed Black communities in the South (Mapping Marronage, Black Craftspeople Digital Archive), research around Faulkner's maps of Yoknapatawpha, and seminal work by scholars such as Thadious Davis, Gina Caison, Dolores Flores-Silva and Keith Cartwright. ESO invites papers that discuss topics related to (re/un)mapping the South, including, but not limited to:

  • Speculative Futures and Remapping Souths

  • Mapping through language and/or literature

  • The relationship between material geographies, resistance, and speculative narratives

  • Literal Mappings versus Material Mappings of space

  • Alternative Mappings (Black Atlantic, Gulf South, Global South, Circa-Caribbean., etc.)

  • Other ways of engaging spatial/geographic epistemological

Please submit 200-250 word abstracts and a 50 word bio via the following link by July 15th: https://forms.gle/QkJBp6pWpDzxzTvY7