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Re-Mapping the American South
A Two-Day Conference

University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
8-10 September, 2006


Call for Papers

Proposals for 20-minute presentations or panels of three to four
presenters are invited for a conference on Re-mapping the American
South, to take place at the University of the West of England,
Bristol, UK, 8-10 September, 2006.

William Faulkner believed that he would not live long enough to
"exhaust" the possibilities of his Yoknapatawpha County, his "own
little postage stamp of native soil". Whilst that "little postage
stamp" may never be fully exhausted, recent studies of the American
South explore the limitations of focusing too closely on the region as
a unique space. Rather, the emergences of transatlantic and
postcolonial theories have instigated discussions of the South in
relation to other regions and cultures. Over two days the conference
will explore the question of the American South in a global context,
examining links with Europe as well as the cross-cultural references
between the region and South America and Asia. The event will
encompass historical, literary and cultural perspectives.

Re-mapping the American South notably takes in Bristol, one of the
major British ports involved in the Slave Trade. The conference will
include a walking tour of Bristol's slavery sites, in addition to an
opening reception and dinner in one of Bristol's harbour-side
restaurants.

Suggested topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

* Caribbean influences
* The migration of musical forms between the south and the rest of the 
  world
* The legacy of the Slave Trade
* Asian immigration into the American South
* Transatlantic dialogues
* Poverty across regions
* The Civil War in a global context
* Postcolonial studies of the South
* Border crossings between the region and South America
* The Civil Rights Movement
* Modernization and Agrarianism

Please send individual proposals or panel suggestions, together with
any other enquiries, to Dr Sarah Robertson
(Sarah.Robertson@uwe.ac.uk). The deadline for proposals is 30 January
2006.

Dr Sarah Robertson
School of English and Drama
University of the West of England
Oldbury Court Road
Fishponds
Bristol
BS16 2JP
UK

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