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Southern Studies Conference 


Now in its eighth year, the AUM Liberal Arts Conference continues to center its theme on the American South. Registrants to the conference will be able to enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels over the course of two days on topics spanning the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, American history, American literature and theater, music history, communication studies, mass communication, and sociology. The conference also will host two distinguished speakers, offer a reading session of poetry and prose from local writers, and display a gallery exhibition.

February 5-6, 2016

Keynote Speaker for Friday, 5 February: Trudier Harris, Professor of English, University of Alabama. Harris is one of the foremost scholars on African-American life and culture, from slavery to the present. Among her many publications are The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African-American Writers and the South (Louisiana State University Press, 2009) and most recently Martin Luther King, Jr., Heroism, and African-American Literature (University of Alabama Press, 2014). The title of her conference presentation is “Meditations on Horror, History, Black Lives, and Literature.”

Keynote Speaker for Saturday, 6 February: Kenneth W. Noe, Draughon Professor of Southern History, Auburn University. Noe is a nationally recognized authority on the American Civil War, as well as the nineteenth-century American South. His books include Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861(University of North Carolina Press, 2010) and he most recently edited The Yellowhammer War: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama (University of Alabama, 2013). The title of his conference presentation is “A Cloud over the Land: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War.”

Artist for the Conference: Kathleen Robbins, Associate Professor of Art at the University of South Carolina. Raised in the Mississippi Delta, Robbins has made that region the centerpiece of much of her professional work. She is the author of Into the Flatland, a photographic study of the people of the Mississippi Delta that elucidates the cultural history of the place. Robbins is the recipient of the 2011 Photo-NOLA Review Prize. The title of both her presentation and her gallery exhibition is “Into the Flatland.”

Open Call for Papers and Panels

Southern Studies 2016 is now accepting paper and panel proposals on any liberal arts topic related to the American South. Please submit 250-word abstracts and one-page CVs to The deadline for all proposals is October 15, 2015.

Registration Form


Hotel Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 9250 Boyd Cooper Parkway, Montgomery, AL 36116. Conference Rate of $89.00 a night includes breakfast and internet. For reservations, please call (334) 271-5516.