The 20th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SWSW) is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student conference featuring both creative submissions (poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts) exploring Southern themes/settings, and critical submissions (seminar papers, articles, works in progress) exploring Southern literature/culture. We, the Graduate Students of the Department of English, invite you to submit both critical and creative abstracts by our deadline, 1 May 2014; common themes are listed below. Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, during our conference on 17-19 July 2014. Both critical and creative submissions are eligible for the Faulkner Paper Prize and the Colby H. Kullman Award.
Our keynote speaker will be Sara Roahen. Roahen serves on the Southern Foodways Alliance board of trustees, works with Louisiana oral history, and has written a memoir, Gumbo Tales. Since SWSW will be held right before the University's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, we encourage all SWSW participants to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. The winner of the Faulkner Prize will have registration fees for the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference waived. For more information on the Faulkner conference, visit http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner/callforpapers.html.
SWSW regularly features panels on authors William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O’Connor, Jean Toomer, and Eudora Welty, as well as contemporary writers like Cormac McCarthy, Richard Ford, Fannie Flagg, Larry Brown, and Lee Smith. Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature, however. Especially welcome are submissions on:
Intersections of Southern material culture, cultural identity, and literature
Defining and problematizing “The South”
Topics in race, gender, class, and identity
The U.S. South in global contexts
Southern space and place
Ecocriticism, travel narratives, nature writing, and the Southern landscape
Religion, gothic, and “the grotesque”
Folklore, material culture, and community
Film and media studies
Letters, diaries, and periodicals
Oral culture, music, and food representation in Southern culture and literature
Accepted critical works will be presented at simultaneous panels during the conference, while accepted creative works will be presented at a wine and cheese reception at Off-Square Books, one of Oxford's beloved independent bookstores. Attendees are also welcome to participate in roundtable discussions on teaching, publishing, and campus diversity.
Please send a 200–300-word abstract of a critical work or an entire creative work to firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference reading-limit for critical works is 15 minutes. Panel proposals that include three or four participants are also welcome. Please send your submissions as Word attachments and include your university affiliation, summer address, and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, 1 May 2014.
For more information, please contact Thomas Bullington at email@example.com.
Thomas Bullington, M. A.
Chair, 2014 Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference
The Department of English
The University of Mississippi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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