Department of English

University of Mississippi

Conferences & Events

The 2014 Southern Literary Festival will be held March 27th-March 29th.
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Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2012 Call for Papers

The 18th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university’s Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2012 Faulkner Conference will be available at

The Graduate Students in the Department of English invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern literature and writers. Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, 12-14 July 2012. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Suzanne Marrs, the Welty Foundation Scholar in Residence at Millsaps College and the official biographer of Eudora Welty.

The conference regularly features panels on authors as traditional as William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and Zora Neale Hurston as well as contemporary writers like Cormac McCarthy, Lewis Nordan, Barry Hannah, Fannie Flagg, Larry Brown, and Randall Kenan. Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature, however. Especially welcome are submissions on:

  • Defining and problematizing “The South”
  • City and country in southern contexts
  • 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
  • Folklore, material culture, and community
  • Film and media studies
  • Letters, diaries, and periodicals
  • Oral culture, music, and food representation in Southern culture and literature

We also invite creative submissions, including poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts that deal with Southern themes or settings.

Please send a 200–300-word abstract of a critical work or an entire creative work to The conference reading-limit for critical works is 15 minutes. Panel proposals that include three or four participants are also welcome. Please send your submissions as Word attachments and include your university affiliation, summer address, and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 2 April 2011. For more information contact Victoria Bryan at