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University of Mississippi

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Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2019 Call for Papers

The 25th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SWSW) is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student conference featuring both critical submissions exploring Southern literature/culture and creative submissions (poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts) exploring Southern themes/settings. This is a conference for MFA, MA, and Ph.D. graduate students in English, history, creative writing, cultural studies, American studies, Southern studies, etc. Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, 18-20 July 2019.

SWSW regularly features panels on a wide range of topics related to Southern literature and culture. Topics may include, but are 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”
-Multidisciplinary studies
-The queer South
-Film and media studies
-Oral culture, music, and food representation in Southern culture and literature

Critical submissions should be limited to 200-500 word abstracts. Creative submissions should be sent in full. The conference reading limit for both critical and creative works is 15-20 minutes. Panel proposals with three or four participants are also welcome. Please send your submissions as Word attachments The deadline for submissions is Friday, 12 April 2019.

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