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South By & BY

15-18 February 2018

Austin, Texas

 
 

South By & By

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature will mark its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a biennial conference, “South By and By,” at the University of Texas at Austin. With its proximity to a number of borders—including the U.S-Mexico border and the border between South and Southwest—Austin is an ideal location for a conference dedicated to rethinking the shape of southern literary studies in the twenty-first century. In addition to marking where SSSL has been, we will survey the current state of the field and discuss a number of possible futures. In turn, the conference will emphasize the increasingly diverse literatures we study, as well as our relationship to adjacent fields of inquiry. We welcome scholarship on any aspect or configuration of southern literature and culture, especially scholarship that considers its multiple and often messy connections to other literatures and cultures. As a result, we are especially interested in having scholars join us who may not identify primarily as “southernists.” And, as always, we actively encourage the work of younger scholars, who can take advantage of SSSL’s robust Emerging Scholars Organization and travel grant program.

Photograph by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Questions? Please email the Conference Committee

 
 

Tentative Program

 

Thursday 15 February

3:30-4:50 pm: Harry Ransom Center Workshops

5:30-7 pm: Plenary Session #1: A Reading by Nikky Finney

7-8:30 pm: Reception & Registration

 

Friday 16 February

9:00-10:20 am: Session #1

10:30-11:50 am: Session #2      

1:10-2:30 pm: Plenary Session #2:  The Career and Legacy of Dr. Trudier Harris

2:40-4 pm: Session #3      

4:10-5:30 pm: Session #4      

5:40-7 pm: Session #5      

 

Saturday 17 February

7:30-8:45 am: Executive Council Breakfast

9:00-10:20 am: Session #6                  

10:30-11:50 am: Session #7

12:00-1:20 pm: Session #8      

1:30-2:30 pm: Emerging Scholars Organization Mentorship Lunch

2:40-4 pm: Session #9

4:10-5:30 pm: Session #10

5:40-7 pm: Plenary Session #3: José E. Limon, “South by Southwest by Way of Minnesota: The Strange Career of Laura Krey”

7-8:30 pm: Reception

 

Sunday 18 February

9:00-10:20 am: Session #11    

10:30-11:50 am: Session #12

12-1:20 pm: Plenary Session #4: SSSL By and By?: The Society for the Study of Southern Literature @ 50--Problems and Prospects

 

Questions? Please email the Conference Committee

 
 

Plenary sessions

 
 
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Plenary Session #1: 

nikky finney 

Thursday 15 February 2018,  5:30-7 pm.

A reading by Nikky Finney, introduced by and in conversation with Roger Reeves.

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff's Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co- founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney's fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry

 
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PLENARY SEssion #2:

The Career and Legacy of Dr. Trudier Harris

Friday 16 February 2018, 1:10-2:30 pm

A reflection on and celebration of Trudier Harris, with Keith S. Clark, David A. Davis, Andy Crank, William Nash, Delia Stevenson, and a response from Trudier Harris.

Over the past forty-five years, Dr. Trudier Harris has charted the course for southern African American literary studies. She has taught thousands of students, written or edited two dozen books and dozens essays, been a vocal spokesperson for the importance and value of literary studies, and mentored a
generation of scholars. This panel will describe her legacy and pay tribute to her accomplishments as a teacher and scholar.

 
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Plenary session #3:

José E. Limón, “South by Southwest by Way of Minnesota: The Strange Career of Laura Krey”

Saturday 17 February 2018, 5:40-7 pm

A talk by José E. Limón, introduced by John Morán González, with responses from Leigh Anne Duck and Javier Rodríguez.

José Limón is the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American Literature Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught from 1979 to 2010 except for two years at UC-Santa Cruz. He is also professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame where he held the Notre Dame Professorship in American Literature from 2011-2016. In retirement in Long Beach CA., he is currently at work on his fifth book, Neither Friends, Nor Strangers: Anglos and Mexicans in the Literary Making of Texas  from which his conference lecture is taken. 

 

Plenary Session #4:

SSSL By and By?: The Society for the Study of Southern Literature @ 50--Problems and Prospects 

Sunday 18 February 2018, 12-1:20 pm

Please join us for a concluding plenary session--and free lunch--in which we discuss the challenges the Society for the Study of Southern Literature faces in the next half century. 

Questions? Please email the Conference Committee

 

registration

Registration Rates for the 2018 SSSL Conference:

  • Graduate students, contingent faculty, and emeriti: $30
  • Early registration--before 1 January 2018: $80
  • Standard registration--after 1 January 2018 : $90
  • Onsite registration: $110
 

 And please don't forget to become a member of the Society!

Membership is required and helps us to fund various projects, including graduate travel grants. 

 

If you prefer to register via check, please make checks payable to The Society for the Study of Southern Literature.

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature
Kathryn McKee
216 Barnard Observatory
University of Mississippi
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848

Email: kmckee@olemiss.edu

 

Accommodations

 

The Society has negotiated three blocks of hotel rooms; all are within close walking distance of all conference activities.

 

AT&T hotel & Conference center

1900 University Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78705
(512) 404-3600

Rates: $189-199

 

Hampton inn & Suites @ the University

1701 Lavaca Street
Austin, Texas, 78701
(512) 499 - 8881

Rates: $209-219

 

 

DoubleTree Suites by hilton

303 W. 15th Street
Austin, Texas, 78701
(512) 499 - 8881

Rates: $229

 

While these room blocks may well sell out, Austin is experiencing a hotel boom. All of the following are good options a bit closer to downtown:

Holiday Inn Express Suites Downtown-University

Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown-University

La Quinta Inn Capitol-Downtown

Hyatt House Austin-Downtown

Extended Stay America Austin - Downtown - 6th St.

 

Here are two campus B&Bs:

Austin Folk House

Star of Texas Inn

 

And here are two nearby hostels:

Drifter Jack’s Hostel

 Firehouse Hostel

 

In addition to a robust ride share system, Austin is also lousy with Airbnb rentals.

 

Questions? Please email the Conference Committee

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Austin

 

More to come!

 

Questions? Please email the Conference Committee

 

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