Call for Papers:
POP SOUTHS: SCANDALIZING THE REGION
For SAMLA 92 in Jacksonville, FL; November 13-15, 2020.
Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2020
Keeping with SAMLA 92’s theme, this panel seeks abstracts linking souths that capture the popular imagination, provoking and exposing both region and nation. We are interested in exploring how popular narratives from and about “the South” scandalize the United States, how scandalous narratives from and about the United States popularize different souths, as well as how people from regions around the world enjoy being scandalized by the South. How do peoples’ conceptions of “the South” as both a maker and breaker of rules shed light on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality? How do popular stories about regions help us better understand national nuances of lived experience and personal identity at global scales? We welcome submissions focusing on a wide range of perspectives, but we are especially interested in work that queries long-established views of “the solid South,” which is so often characterized as white, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied, and agrarian. We will give special consideration to papers that discuss a wide range of popular media or authors who use popular media to re-write perceived “norms” of race, gender, and sexuality across and beyond the region.
While all papers should consider the topic of souths and popular media, ESO is especially interested in the following topics:
Queer or Quare Souths
Social (Media) Souths
True Crime and the South
Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul, and Hip Hop souths
Sensational and Sentimental Literature about the South
Slavery, Racial Terror, and Mass Incarceration in the South
Radio, Television, and the Long Civil Rights Movement Beyond the South
Online Media, Region, and Electoral Politics
Journalism and Marketing about the South
Disability and Accessibility across Souths
Global South, Appalachian South, or Circum-Caribbean Souths
Playing the South: Video Games and Southern Studies
Souths in Memes and Meme Culture
We welcome participants inside and outside of southern studies, as well as those who have wide-ranging conceptions of both “Pop” and “South.” Please send 500-word proposals and A/V requirements to email@example.com by June 15, 2020.