Doing Southern Studies Today

Conference Program (Central European Time, Berlin)

Wednesday, January 13 



12.00-1.30 p.m.: Negotiations of Genre


Allison Serraes (Johannes Gutenberg University)

Toni Cade Bambara’s Crime Novel and The Southern “True Crime” Genre


Tjalling Valdés Olmos (University of Amsterdam)

Pastoral Afterlives in Queen Sugar: Genre, Affect, and Abolition in the Cultural Imagination of the US Rural South


Hendrik Burfeind (Kiel University)

Black Country Music and the Intersection of Genre, Race, and Region


2.00-3.30 p.m.: Hauntings in Southern Literature


Vanesa Lado-Pazos (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)

Haunting Back: A Study of Spectrality in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing


Thomas Austenfeld (University of Fribourg)

“a swamp // where graves had been. I recall”: Natasha Trethewey’s Monumental Work of Memory


Ahmed Honeini (Royal Holloway University of London)

“Salvation is just words”: William Faulkner and the irreligiousness of As I Lay Dying


4.00-5.15 p.m.: Keynote Lecture


Riché Richardson (Cornell University)

The Birth of a "Formation Nation" 








                             Thursday, January 14 


11.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m.: Southern Futures in the Past 


Rieke Jordan (Goethe-University Frankfurt) CANCELED

Formulating the Speculation: Beverly Tucker’s The Partisan Leader and Southern Futures in the American Literary Imaginary of the Nineteenth Century


Siân Round (University of Cambridge) WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1:30 P.M. (CET)

Exploring Southern Periodical Studies: Methods and Motivations in the Material Text


2.00-3.30 p.m.: Imaginations of “the South” in Popular Culture 


Greta Kaisen

Southern Spaces in Video Games: Exploring Red Dead Redemption 2


Janina Wedig (Heinrich Heine Universität)

More Southern than the South – Gillian Flynn’s Imaginary Town of Wind Gap


Ella Waldmann (Université de Paris)

Aural Imaginations of the South in the Podcast S-Town


4.00-5.30 p.m.: Plac(ing) Place


Scott Romine (University of North Carolina)

No Place in Southern Studies


Marco Petrelli (University of Bologna and University of Turin)

A Theory of Southern Time and Space: Memory, Place and Identity in

Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard


Corin Kraft (University of Basel)

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing and the Place of “Place” as Memory


6.00-7.00 p.m.


A Conversation with E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern University)

(with Evangelia Kindinger and Anne Potjans)





                               Friday, January 15 


11.00 a.m.-12.15 p.m.: Keynote Lecture


Martyn Bone (University of Copenhagen)

The Scale of Black Southern Life and Death in Jesmyn Ward’s Writing


1.30-3.00 p.m.: Transnational Trajectories


Hilary Meuter (TU Dortmund)

The Defeated Versus the Victors: A Transatlantic Comparison of the Confederate

Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery


Amy Doherty Mohr (LMU Munich)

“yuh got tuh go there tuh know there”: Zora Neale Hurston’s Literary Expressions of

Migration as Testimony


Annika Schadewaldt (Leipzig University)

Circulation, Sickness, and the Transnational South in Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale

Horse, Pale Rider


3.30-5.00 p.m.: Practices in Southern Studies


Michael P. Bibler (Louisiana State University)

Queer and Now . . . in the Plantationocene? 


Gina Caison (Georgia State University)

When was the South?: Indigenous Studies and the Problem of Region


Laura Wilson (Fisk University)

The History of Black Studies at HBCUs in Nashville Project