Roundtable: “Compiling the South”
CFP for a Participant-Organized Panel at SSSL 2022
Organizers: Katharine A. Burnett; Todd Hagstette; Monica C. Miller
In fall 2019, the authors of this proposal signed a contract with Routledge Press to co-edit the Companion to Literature of the U.S. South, scheduled to be published in 2023. The topics covered are wide-ranging, reflecting the evolving changes to what is typically considered southern literature. Alongside foundational topics in southern studies, the book features new entries and approaches that have emerged after the publication of previous collections; all told, the Routledge Companion boasts almost 100 contributors—from “established” academics in the southern studies field, to newer scholars and those who would not ordinarily consider themselves scholars of the South at all.
However, the events of the year and a half since the project was contracted have raised new and pressing questions about its function. In addition to the complications in putting together a project of this scale in the midst of a public health crisis, the recent embattled political climate and the precarious state of academia forces a deeper consideration of southern literary studies as a field and its relationship to the vexed history of the region and nation. In short, what is at stake in putting this encyclopedia together?
We seek respondents to deliver 5-minute responses in a roundtable composed of the Companion editors and contributors from each of the collection’s three sections: Foundations, Touchstones, and Trajectories.
Interested respondents should submit a 50-word proposal as well as a short biography to panel organizers, Katie Burnett (firstname.lastname@example.org); Todd Hagstette (ToddH@usca.edu); and Monica Miller (email@example.com), by August 15, 2021.