CFP: Brooks Forum of the St. George Tucker Society

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Call for Papers
April 17, 2023
South Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Intellectual History, Military History, Political History / Studies

The St. George Tucker Society (SGTS) seeks applicants to participate in its Brooks Forum. Held in conjunction with the Society’s annual meeting, the Brooks Forum is composed of graduate students engaged in the early stages of doctoral research and dissertation writing. By design, it affords emerging scholars with an opportunity to present original work on the American South—focused on any time period, sub-region, or methodological approach—in a rigorous, but collegial, academic setting. The Forum is named for Cleanth Brooks, Gray Professor of Rhetoric at Yale University, noted literary critic, and one of the original members of the St. George Tucker Society. Brooks studied with the Fugitives and Agrarians at Vanderbilt University, received a master’s degree from Tulane University, and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Exeter College, Oxford. As a professor in the English Department at Louisiana State University, he co-founded, along with his friend and colleague Robert Penn Warren, The Southern Review. A prolific author, Brooks is best known for his contributions to the New Criticism, a careful, textualist approach to understanding poetry.

All application materials (1-page abstract and vita) are due by 11:59 pm EDT on April 17, 2023. Three selected panelists will submit one chapter of the dissertation to be pre-circulated among Tucker Society members. At the annual meeting, each panelist will provide a brief presentation (7 to 10 minutes) of their research and interpretations, followed by an open period of discussion and workshopping with the audience. Selected panelists will be informed of acceptance no later than May 5, 2023. Full dissertation chapters to be workshopped must be ready and submitted for pre-circulation no later than June 12, 2023.

Please see the SGTS website for further information and updates.


Date of Conference:              July 27-29, 2023

Location of Conference:       Charleston, SC

Travel Reimbursement:        Up to $500 (and conference registration fee waiver) for Forum Participants

Required Materials:               (1) Current CV

                                                 (2) Abstract of dissertation (one, single-spaced page)

Deadline for Application:       ** 11:59 pm EDT on (Monday) April 17, 2023 **

Submit via Email to:                Ashton G. Ellett, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Brooks Forum Chair,

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Ashton G. Ellett, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Brooks Forum Chair

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