Southern Studies Conference Virtual Program, April 22-29, 2021

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April 22, 2021 to April 29, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Political Science, Literature, Fine Arts

Dear Colleagues, 


This year, the annual Southern Studies Conference is hosting a series of virtual events, which are free and open to the public. 


Please see the program below. I hope that you elect to join us for these exciting events, including student presentations, a professional roundtable, and lectures from preeminent scholars in the field of Southern Studies. You must pre-register for the lectures on our website to receive the Zoom links. 


Please share this announcement with colleagues, students, and friends and disseminate it to your professional networks. We would like to achieve a robust audience at these individual events. On behalf of the Southern Studies Conference organizing committee, thank you! 


best wishes, 


Questions can be directed to Naomi Slipp, Conference Director,



Southern Studies Conference – Virtual Program

Auburn University at Montgomery | April 22-29, 2021


All events are free, virtual, & open to the public | please pre-register on our website


Thursday, April 22: Keynote, 5-6pm CST

"A ‘Now’ Southern Studies:  

The Birth of a ‘Formation’ Nation”

Riché Richardson

Associate Professor, Africana Studies

and Research Center, Cornell University


Dr. Riché Richardson is an associate professor of African American literature in the Africana Center at Cornell. She received her B.A. from Spelman College and Ph.D. from Duke University. She taught at the University of California, Davis from 1998-2008. She is a 2017 Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow with the Op-Ed Project whose pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Public Books and Huff Post. She has produced nearly 40 essays published in journals such as American Literature, Mississippi Quarterly, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Black Renaissance/ Renaissance Noire, Trans Atlantica, the Southern Quarterly, Black Camera, NKA, Phillis, Technoculture, and Labrys, along with edited collections. Her first book, Black Masculinity and the U.S. South: From Uncle Tom to Gangsta (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007), was selected by Choice Books among the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2008. Her new book, Emancipation's Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body, was published by Duke University Press in January. She is editor of the New Southern Studies book series at the University of Georgia Press. Richardson is also a visual artist.



Friday, April 23: Roundtable, 12-1pm CST  

Job Markets and Grad School Post-Pandemic:

Where Do We Go from Here?

moderated by Brett Lehman



Monday, April 26:

Student panel, 12:00-1pm CST

AUM Student Presentations

Moderated by Roy Choudhury





Tuesday, April 27: Keynote, 5-6pm CST

“The South:  Growth vs. Stagnation

and Partisan Change”

Charles Bullock

Distinguished University Professor of Public

and International Affairs; Richard B. Russell

Professor of Political Science; Josiah Meigs

Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Georgia



This lecture outlines a new way to subdivide the South. The dichotomy between the Deep and Rim South is not that useful when thinking of how the region's partisan alignment is changing. The solid red South has growing patches of blue as indicated by Georgia voting for Biden and electing 2 Democratic senators earlier this year. Commitment to the GOP is weakening in the states that have experienced the most dramatic growth. States that grow at less than the national rate show few signs of a reemergence of a Democratic Party. When it comes to partisan strength, I argue that a better way to divide the South is into the Growth versus the Stagnant South.

 Charles S. Bullock III is Richard B. Russell Professor of political science and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia, where he has taught since 1968. Bullock, who holds an MA and PhD from Washington University, is an expert in Southern Politics, Legislative Politics, Elections and Electoral Systems. Since 1977, he has been the director of the Georgia Legislative Internship Program. Dr. Bullock has written, co-written, edited, or co-edited over 30 books and 150 articles. Recent works include Triumph of Voting Rights in the South (2009), Redistricting: The Most Political Activity in America (2010), Georgia Politics in a State of Change (2nd ed; 2012), the Oxford Handbook for Southern Politics (2012), and The New Politics of the Old South (Ed Vol; 2014). He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Education, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the American Enterprise Institute, and multiple awards, including being named twice as senior fellow at Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute (2005; 2009) and 2015 University Professor, an honor bestowed to one faculty member annually who makes a significant impact on the University of Georgia.



Wednesday, April 28:

Student panel, 12:00-1pm CST

AUM Student Presentations

Moderated by Laura Whatley





Thursday, April 29: Artist Talk, 5-6pm CST

“From Poor Soil: Invasive Queer Kudzu”

Aaron McIntosh

Associate Professor in

Fibres & Material Practices,

Concordia University


The Invasive Queer Kudzu project creates quilted queer kudzu vines adorned with stories of LGBTQ+ contributors and archive documents that celebrate and make visible Southern queer culture from the past to the present day. Using kudzu as a slippery metaphor, the project invades dominant Southern narratives and reclaims the ‘monstrous’ vine as a symbol for Southern queer tenacity in the face of homophobic institutions that otherwise obscure our rich histories. This talk will focus on the project's large-scale "invasions" of problematic monuments of the South, including Confederate statuary and sites of gentrification.  

Aaron McIntosh is a cross-disciplinary artist and fourth-generation quilt maker whose work mines the intersections of material culture, family tradition, sexual desire and identity politics in a range of works including quilts, sculpture, collage, drawing and writing. Since 2015, McIntosh manages Invasive Queer Kudzu, a community storytelling and archive project across the LGBTQ South. His work has been exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art, Yale University Green Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the International Quilt Study Center, the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art in New York City. McIntosh is a recipient of the 2020 United States Artist Fellowship in Craft, a 2018 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and Center for Craft Windgate Fellowships in 2006 and 2015. He has held residencies at the Banff Centre, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Fibres & Material Practices program at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Contact Info: 

Naomi H. Slipp, Ph.D.  (she, her, hers)
Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Fine Arts

Office: Goodwyn Hall, 040 - Email: - Tel: 334-244-3112

Auburn University at Montgomery, Mailing address: P.O. Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124

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