“The Old Politics of the New South: Demographic Change and Political Stability in South Carolina”
In recent years demographic issues have moved to the center of Southern politics. From anti-immigration legislation, to gerrymandering, to the emergence of the Obama electoral coalition, demographic changes have become a hot topic in Southern politics. But, is the South really changing in any significant way? Are these demographic and economic changes having any real impact on the politics and culture of the South? We invite papers for the second Palmetto Connections Symposium, a regional symposium focusing on South Carolina and its links to the rest of the world hosted by the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy of the University of South Carolina, Aiken. The symposium will look broadly at issues of demographic change and electoral politics in South Carolina (and the South in general), with a plenary address by Brad Warthen (visit his blog). We hope to draw papers from diverse fields in the humanities and social sciences related to this theme, and welcome broad interpretations of these terms. Contributions might address demographic change (past or present) or political stability in the South from historical, literary, philosophical, or artistic angles and we encourage submissions that push the boundaries of these themes. It is our hope to provide a forum for scholars throughout the region and beyond.
Those interested in presenting should send a 300-word proposal along with a brief biography and current contact information, to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 4th, 2013. Participants will be notified of accepted proposals by October 10th, 2013. Proposal deadline extended until Oct 4th
Participants, as well anyone interesting in attending, may then download a registration form from the Symposium webpage (http://www.usca.edu/polisci/palmettoconnections/) and return it along with a check for $20, a registration fee that will include lunch. Come visit Aiken, one of the gems of South Carolina!
University of South Carolina at Aiken
471 University Pkway
Aiken SC, 29801
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