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Now in its seventh year, the AUM Liberal Arts Conference in Southern Studies invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. Topics may include but are not limited to:

--Southern food studies
--Slavery and the American South; slave narratives
--Civil War narratives
--Civil Rights narratives; explorations of race and conflict
--Southern religion and literature
--Ecocriticism and the landscape of Southern writing
--Regionalist writers of the American South
--Explorations of the Southern worker
--The plantation novel
--Changing conceptions of Southern aristocracy in literature
--Southern women writers
--Southern travel writing
--Southern children's literature
--Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas
--Native American literature of the South
--Stories of immigration / migration and border-crossings
--Contemporary reconceptions of "The South"
--Contemporary literacy and writing programs of the American South
--Studies of works by canonical Southern authors such as Twain, Welty, and Faulkner
--Studies of works by lesser-known Southern writers

This two-day conference includes two keynote presentations. The first will be given by Thomas Hallock (University of South Florida), an expert in eco-studies who has written about how the environment of the South affected the creation of literature in early America. The second will be given by Stephen Ash (University of Tennessee), a historian of the Civil War with particular expertise on the southern home front. The featured artist for the conference is José Galvez, a noted Mexican-American photographer whose latest work depicts the life of Latino immigrants in the American South. Registrants to the conference will also be able to enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels and exhibits on southern topics representing all of the liberal arts disciplines.

Proposals can be emailed to and should include a 250-word abstract and a brief CV. The deadline is 15 October 2014. Proposals will be refereed by established scholars in each discipline. For more information, please visit the conference website:

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John C. Havard
Assistant Professor of English
Auburn University at Montgomery