The Institute for Southern Studies and the Watson-Brown Foundation are sponsoring a symposium on the American South at historic Hickory Hill in Thomson, Georgia. The interdisciplinary symposium provides an opportunity for scholars to present their research with the aim of compiling a collection of essays for publication. The theme is "Dixie Emporium: Consumerism, Tourism, and Memory in the American South." We are seeking papers that explore the various ways Southern cultures and places are experienced, memorialized, marketed, and/or mass-produced. Paper proposals can address, but are not limited to, such topics as souvenirs, brand names, postcard art, foodways, architecture, guidebooks, fairs, amusement parks, preservation projects, and film. The symposium will be held October 7-9, 2005. The Watson-Brown Foundation will fund travel and lodging expenses. Please send a one-page abstract and a brief c.v. by January 20, 2005. For the latest information about the symposium, please visit the website of the Institute for Southern Studies.
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