Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference

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Call for Papers
April 21, 2017
Mississippi, United States
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Literature, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Area Studies

Southern Writers/Southern Writing

Graduate Conference

2017 Call for Papers

The 23nd Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SWSW) is a University

of Mississippi Graduate Student conference featuring both critical submissions (seminar

papers, articles, works in progress) exploring Southern literature/culture and creative

submissions (poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts) exploring Southern themes/settings.

Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, 20-22 July 2017.

Since SWSW will be held directly 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. Both critical and creative

submissions are eligible for the Faulkner Paper Prize and the Colby H. Kullman Award.

Both awards include cash prizes, and the winner of the Faulkner Prize will also receive a

registration fee waiver for the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.

SWSW regularly features panels on a wide range of topics related to Southern literature

and culture. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

-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”

-Interdisciplinary studies

-The queer South

-Film and media studies

-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 Off-Square Books, one of Oxford's

beloved independent bookstores.


There is a small conference fee of $40. This allows us to provide participants with two

breakfasts, a lunch, a wine and cheese reception, and a 2017 SWSW t-shirt. Affordable

accommodations can be arranged at the Ole Miss Inn or around the charming city of



Please submit an abstract of a critical work or an entire or partial creative work to

Submissions should be limited to 200-500 words. The conference reading-limit for critical

works is 15 minutes. Panel proposals that include no more than three participants are also

welcome. Please send your submissions as Word attachments and include your university

affiliation and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 21 April 2017.

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Contact Info: 

Jared O'Connor 

Chair, Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2017