CONF, CFP: "South or Souths? The American South
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Subject: CONF, CFP: "South or Souths? The American South and the shaping
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From: Jacques Pothier <jacques.pothier@...>
Subject: CONF CFP: "South or Souths? The American South and the shaping
its singular or plural identity/ies"
Date: 07-06-2007 09:49
CFP: "South or Souths? The American South and the shaping of its
EAAS conference, Oslo, Norway, May 9-12, 2008
>Workshop #10 (Southern Studies Forum)
Conventional wisdom long considered individualism a distinctive feature
southern identity. The vastness of the region identified as "the South",
geographic diversity and fragmentation supported this view, and the
confederative model embraced by Southerners in 1861 seemed to confirm
the half century when the South developed an identity that flared into
secession of the Confederate States of America from the Union, the
States claimed that their idea of the nation involved a continuing
for the individual identity of its component states -branching away from
pluribus unum into e pluribus plura (or plures)? The Constitution of the
Confederacy seemed to reflect the tensions between an ideal respect for
diversity and the need to build efficiency through some measure of
coordination and homogeneity.
Yet, historical records and literary sources as well seem to suggest
the individualism undoubtedly present in southern culture tends to be
combined with a strong sense of belonging to a larger community - be it
sub-regional, or regional. Diversity within the South, in its various
dimensions--geographic, economic, social, racial, cultural--constitutes
today a firm point of departure for scholarly investigation. However,
many interactions between the individual and the collective spheres in
shaping of (a) Southern identity(ies) need to be explored exhaustively.
The papers eligible for presentation at this workshop will have to
one of the questions raised by the above description. For example:
- The relationship between the cult of privacy and the
of community values in southern culture.
- Community values vs. social pressure
- The role of geographic fragmentation in the shaping of
individual and collective identities.
- In what sense it is possible to speak of one South vs. many?
- African-Americans, ethnic minorities, gender and Southern
- The New South (or new new South) vs. the old one-21st century
literary identities dissenting (or not) from twentieth century (or
Please send proposals by Aug. 31 to both Susanna Delfino
<susanna.delfino@...> & Jacques Pothier
<jacques.pothier@...> Thank you. This CFP is posted at
Universite de Versailles St Quentin
Laboratoire "Suds d'Ameriques"
47, bd Vauban, F-78047 Guyancourt Cedex http://www.sudam.uvsq.fr/