CFP: Southern Studies Conference

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Call for Papers
October 16, 2017
Alabama, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Film and Film History, Historic Preservation

Southern Studies Conference, February 9-10, 2018

Auburn University at Montgomery, AL

Deadline for submissions:  October 16, 2017

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Now in its tenth year, the Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Southern Studies Conference invites proposals for pre-formed panels or individual papers on any topic pertaining to the history and culture of the American South from any time period, including presentations on art practice, American history, the history of science and medicine, the history of art, anthropology, history of music, foodways studies, theatre, literature, and sociology.

In particular, the conference organizers invite proposals on any aspect of the history of art and architecture of the Southern United States. Topics might include:

- Southern architecture: the plantation and/or back house, urban architecture and city/suburban planning, landscape design, the Rural Studio, Samuel Mockbee, church, camp, or meeting architecture, historic preservation, or the post-modern

- Native American art, material culture, and manuscripts, or contemporary Native American art made of/in the American South

- Southern folk, outsider, and self-taught art and artists, including Howard Finster, Mose Tolliver, and William Edmondson

- Considerations of the status of categories of folk, self-taught, and outsider art in relation to Southern geography and art history

- Southern sculpture of any tradition, including studies of makers, materials, monuments, or markers

- Southern natural history and illustration, or studies of Mark Catesby, John James Audubon, or William Bartram and the South

- Southern sculpture or painting, including studies of portraiture and its social functions, the southern landscape tradition, plantation views, still lifes or genre scenes, or considerations of style and regionalism, or modernism in the American South  

- Slavery and its legacies in Southern art, nostalgia for the “Old South,” or the Southern Gothic

- Reflections, case studies, or papers on Southern museums, collections, museological practice, patronage, exhibitions, or curation in the American South

- The Civil War and/or its legacies in American art of the South

- The art and visual and material culture of the Civil Rights Movement in the South

- Southern material and visual culture, including metalwork, decorative arts, textiles, furniture, prints, book illustration, or Southern illustrators, lithography firms, and printers

- Southern photography (both by makers born or practicing in the South and images of the South), from early portrait studios to photography of the Civil War, from WPA photography to the color photography of William Eggleston and William Christenberry

- African American art rooted in or created of the American South, including the fine arts, quilt making, grave decoration, metalwork, sculpture, ceramics, and basket weaving

- Considerations of the place of “Southern Art” within the canon of American art history or papers that address pedagogy and teaching of the “Arts of the American South”

- Southern media, including film, cinema, or video art

- Contemporary art in/of the American South

Proposals should be emailed to and include a 250-word abstract and a brief CV. The deadline for proposals is October 16, 2017. For more information, please visit the conference website:

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