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Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University at Montgomery, January 31 - February 1, 2020

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Conference Events:

Keynote events are free and open to the public in ​Goodwyn Hall 109.

Friday, January 31, 2020 at 2:00-3:00 pm

"The Future of Southern Studies: Reflections of a Narrative Historia," Dr. Dan T. Carter, Educational Foundation University Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina

Distinguished Southern historian Dr. Dan T. Carter will reflect upon the future of Southern Studies as a discipline.
Generously Supported by the Alabama Humanities Foundation

Pictured left to right: Dr. Dan Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South book cover, The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism and the Transformation of American Politics book cover

Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:00-6:00 pm

"The Bottom: Artist Talk and Exhibition," Johanna Warwick, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art & Photography, Louisiana State University

Professor Warwick will discuss her exhibition “The Bottom,” which engages with issues of race, class, urban planning, and the built environment in Baton Rouge, LA. The exhibition will be open in Goodwyn Gallery from January 13-March 13, 2020.
Generously Supported by the Alabama State Council on the Arts

Under the 10 and Interstate Highway Map System, by Johanna Warwick

Learn more about Goodwyn Gallery at AUM

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12:45-1:45 pm

“Beyond the Big House: The Politics of Interpreting Slavery in the South,” Dr. Jodi Skipper, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Southern Studies at University of Mississippi

Dr. Skipper will discuss her research investigating how African American historic sites interact with the production of heritage in tourism spaces via the "Behind the Big House" program in Marshall County, Mississippi
Generously Supported by the AUM Lectures Committee

Dr. Jodi Skipper

2020 Southern Studies Conference:

Registrants to the two-day conference enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels, two distinguished keynote speakers, and a lecture and exhibition by a visiting artist. In 2020, the Conference will span January 30-February 1st and includes an opening reception the evening of January 30th, a professional session oriented towards graduate student attendees, a graduate student poster session competition, and a voluntary Montgomery-based cultural outing on the afternoon of Saturday, February 1st. Finally, registrants enjoy complimentary breakfasts, lunch, and one dinner.

View the Full Conference Program here

Conference Registration:

All attendees must register for the Conference. The Conference fee contributes to the host costs, including refreshments and meals. Registration packages include both early-bird (before January 1, 2020) and regular registration rates (after January 1, 2020).

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Planning for the Conference:

The conference is held at Auburn University at Montgomery and runs from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30 through 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020.


There are 25 rooms being held at the Holiday Inn-Eastchase for a discounted rate of $99/night from Thursday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 2. This rate expires on January 3, 2020. The Holiday Inn-Eastchase is a five-minute drive from AUM’s campus and is located near The Shoppes at Eastchase. There will be a Southern Studies Conference Shuttle Service which will do pick-ups and drop-offs to this Hotel. Hotel Reservations should be made directly at 334-271-5516. Use the code "AUM College of Liberal Arts" when booking.


A parking pass is needed to park on campus Friday. Print and display it on your dashboard.

Southern Studies Conference Parking Pass

Map of Campus:

map of the Auburn Montgomery campus is available for your convenience.

Exploring Montgomery: 

Do you want to take advantage of your time in Montgomery, but are unsure of what else you might do? There are lots of things to see and explore in the city and the region.

The Conference Committee’s Explore Montgomery Guide


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Previous Conferences:

2019 Southern Studies Conference
2018 Southern Studies Conference
2017 Southern Studies Conference
2016 Southern Studies Conference