CFP: Global Souths Conference (March 19-21, 2020)

Caitlin Vance's picture
March 19, 2019 to March 21, 2019
Louisiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Literature


Fourth Annual Global Souths Conference

Formerly the Deep South in the Global South Conference

March 19-21, 2020

University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana


“Doing southern studies is unmasking and refusing the binary thinking--‘North’/‘South,’ nation/South, First World/Third World, self/other--that postcolonial studies has taught us is the most damaging rhetorical structure of empire. Doing southern studies is thinking geographically, thinking historically, thinking relationally, thinking about power, thinking about justice, thinking back.”             --Scott Romaine & Jennifer Rae Greeson

Introduction to Keywords for Southern Studies

The Global Souths conference is a three-day, interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore the connections between the U. S. South and the Global South. The South is more than place. It is a point of connection, a nexus of ideas transcending both geographical and ideological boundaries. 


We invite all scholars and graduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to submit critical and creative proposals that explore humanity’s interactions with and responses to an increasingly globalized world.

  • Space, Place, and Globalization

  • Challenging notions of “Global North/South”

  • The language of a global identity 

  • Conceptualizations of passing; ethnic hybridity

  • Interethnic influences and cultural appropriations

  • Global feminisms; Women and nation building

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Social Media

  • War and Revolution

  • Urban development and gentrification

  • Imperialism and subalternity

  • Commodification of place; the World Tourism Organization and Poverty

  • World Health Organization; Global Hysteria and Epidemics

  • Labor politics; NAFTA and the WTO

  • Pedagogy for generating/transforming learning

The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete panel submissions as well as individual paper abstract submissions. Creative submissions related to the conference theme are also welcome. 


The deadline for individual papers and complete panel submissions is October 31st, 2019. 


Submit all proposals to Graduate Student Travel Grant applications should be sent to Please visit our website for more information:

Contact Info: 

Caitlin Vance & Rachel Ewing, Co-Chairs of the Global South Conference Programming Committee

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