Drs. Kami Fletcher and Ashley Towle are soliciting contributors for their forthcoming volume - Southern Cemeteries, Imprints of Southern Culture. Our interdisciplinary volume positions cemeteries as cities of the dead in order to ask how the dead inhabit space and place. This book is a regional study of southern cemeteries and the communities that they both border and share, and interrogates this relationship between the living and the dead with respect to time, race, class, and gender.
The following is the complete CFP
CFP for new anthology:
Southern Cemeteries, Imprints of Southern Culture
by Kami Fletcher, Ph.D & Ashley Towle, Ph.D.
Cemeteries exist as unique spaces where the past meets the present. With monuments and material culture, they tell the lived experiences of the dead while also reflecting the lives of the living. The communities they border and the regions they share, make cemeteries a significant place for understanding social, economic, and political factors specific to time and place. What then can burial grounds, graveyards, mausoleums, and memorial parks in the South tell us? What symbolic or literal, metaphysical or real, and even abstract or distinct imprints from southern culture--past and present--do these cemeteries carry?
Editors are soliciting essays that investigate the southern places where cemeteries take root as well as probe the interplay of southern history, culture, race, class, gender, and climate in these cities of the dead. Essays should seek to demonstrate the interactions between southern culture and the dead and especially examine the fluid, ever changing demands the living placed on the dead.
Essays that address the following questions are especially welcome:
1. In what ways do southern communities create cemeteries, and in what ways do southern cemeteries create communities (i.e. who is included and who is denied access)?
2. Who live in these southern communities that border and surround the cemetery? What role have historical attitudes and regional forces (southern customs, laws, policies, upheavals) had in shaping contemporary opinions of these spaces and the people they represent? Have they created interdependency, hostility, pride, resentment, opposition, etc.?
3. What are the historical underpinnings that bind southern cemeteries and local communities together? What current connections help sustain bonds between communities and cemeteries and/or have increased tension and divided communities?
4. How has southern culture served as the catalyst for the southern cemetery and/or the vehicle creating a shared geographical space? How has the use of these spaces changed over time and why? Have the ways that the living interact with the dead changed within the walls of these cemeteries and why?
5. What role did cemeteries play in rebuilding the Civil War-torn South by creating spaces of memorialization and remembrance? How did race, gender and class shape this memorialization effort? How do/did these post-Civil War cemeteries reflect southern communities and how do/did those communities hope to present themselves?
6. How was the cemetery affected (displaced, replaced, forgotten, transplanted etc.) by African Americans who fled their southern communities during the Great Migration?
7. How did the long history of Jim Crow segregation affect the development, maintenance, and use of southern cemeteries?
8. Placing cemeteries squarely in today’s current debate of Confederate monuments, how do southern cemeteries (Confederate or otherwise) and the communities they create affect national discussions, push public understandings, challenge perception, and offer guidance for resisting white supremacy
Editors are asking all interested to please send completed essays or a minimum of 10 pages, including a working bibliography, no later than August 15, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. For all other queries concerning our volume, please do not hesitate to reach out through the same channels.