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The Southern American Studies Association is the largest regional chapter of the American Studies Association (U.S.A.). SASA presents new developments and findings in American Studies scholarship, identifies and defines areas of debate about the nature of American culture and its study, and conducts cultural and historical programs on the South and its communities. SASA holds a biennial conference, with recent meetings at George Mason University (2009), the University of Mississippi (2007), Louisiana State University (2005), and Florida State University (2003). Conference themes are broad and inclusive to encompass such topics as art and architecture, black literature and music, American Studies as cultural critique, the cultural uses of photography, Native American Studies, popular culture, Southern literature and women’s studies.



Our distinguished keynote speaker is Patricia Yaeger, the University of Michigan’s Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Professor of English and Women’s Studies and the Editor of PMLA. Her research interests focus on 20th and 21st century American literature and visual arts, material culture (especially trash), cities and infrastructure, the tragedy of the oceanic commons, ecocriticism, southern fiction, feminist theory, literary theory, social geography, trash in modern and postmodern ethnic American literature, and Flannery O’Connor and John Wayne in drag. Read more


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Charles Reagan Wilson, the Kelley Gene Cook, Sr. Chair of History and Professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, will present our opening address on the Southern way of life as an ideological construct. Flashes of a Southern Spirit: Meanings of the Spirit in the South (forthcoming, 2011), Southern Missions: The Religion of the American South in Global Perspective (2006), Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis (1995) and Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1868-1920 (1980) are some of the many works he has written about culture and religion in the South.


Georgia State University will host the SASA 2011 conference, "Peoples, Publics, and Places of the Souths," in downtown Atlanta, February 17 – February 19, 2011. We are excited to host a conference on the U.S., Hemispheric, and Global Souths in a city where they so prominently converge. Atlanta began as railroad junction designed to link the regions of the United States, and via their ports, the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. It is now a cosmopolitan metropolis, the home of migrants and settlers from around the globe and the nation's busiest airport. Atlanta, which some postulate is shorthand for Atlantica-Pacifica, has served and continues to serve as a crossroads, a switching point, and a terminus of the three souths. Read more


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