April 15 - 19, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Engelhardt, University of Texas at Austin
Food as comfort.
Food as culture.
Food as sustenance.
Food as signifier.
Food as power.
Food as work.
Food as love.
Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the second Converse College Conference on Southern Culture.
The focus of the second Okra to Opera Conference will be food: food touches on every aspect of life, from religion, to socio-economic concerns, to cultural identities, and beyond. We invite papers that examine the diverse ways that the growing, cooking, consuming, and availability of food informs southern culture. Approaches that take an interdisciplinary approach are especially welcome.
We recognize that there are many excellent conferences that focus on specific historical events, individual Southern writers, and select sociological phenomena. For that reason, we envision this conference as a place to pull many threads together in unusual and perhaps innovative combinations to examine larger questions. We welcome non-traditional approaches including thoughtful personal narratives and papers that draw on non-traditional resources to explore large scholarly questions. To further ensure that this conference provides a place for inter-disciplinary and non-traditional examinations of Southern Culture, and because we do not expect to run multiple, concurrent sessions, we would prefer single paper proposals rather than full panel proposals.
The academic conference will be a key component in a weeklong conversation about modern southern culture that will include featured speakers, panel discussions, readings and musical performances. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Engelhardt is the author of A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food (2011) and Republic of Barbecue (2009). We invite papers from scholars and professionals working in the fields of Literary Studies, History, Religion, performing arts, and southern foodways.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Please send 250-word abstract as an email attachment, along with a brief CV (Word or PDF, please) to:
Anita Rose, Conference Co-chair
Associate Professor and Chair of the English Dept.
Deadline: November 1, 2013