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Southern Studies Conference

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2018 Schedule

Southern Studies Conference 2018 Program

Featured Artist and Scholars

Featured Artist, February 9: Annie B. Campbell, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History, Auburn University. Professor Campbell's artworks, executed primarily in various ceramic media, range from installation and freestanding pieces to wall mounted sculpture. She has held prestigious artist residencies at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA, Studio 550 in Manchester, NH, and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire. She will speak at the conference on her work, and her exhibition will be displayed in the campus's Goodwyn Gallery from January 29 - March 23, 2018.

Keynote for Friday, February 9: Frye Gaillard, writer-in-residence, University of South Alabama. Gaillard is a renowned author of non-fiction pertaining to the American South. Among his many books is 2005's Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, winner of the 2005 Lillian Smith Book Award for Best Southern Non-Fiction and the Alabama Library Association's Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He will speak on "The Sixties and the American South."

Keynote for Saturday, February 10: Martin Olliff, Professor, History, Troy University. Professor Olliff is a renowned expert on Alabama history. His pioneering edited collection on Alabama's involvement in World War 1, The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama in World War I, was published in 2008 by the University of Alabama Press. He will speak on "The Alabama Homefront during the Great War."

Dates for the event

The 2018 Southern Studies conference will be held from Friday, February 9th, 2018, to Saturday, February 10th, 2018.

Open Call for Papers and Panels

Southern Studies 2018 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 16, 2017.


Attendees may register online or use Registration Form.


Block rooms at a discount rate are available at Holiday Inn-Eastchase, which can be reached at 334-271-5516.


A parking pass is needed to park on campus. That pass will be posted here before the conference.

Map of Campus

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


This project is supported by both the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the state partners of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, respectively. We sincerely thank these institutions as well as the communities and legislators who support them for their role in making our event possible.

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