Second Annual DSGS Conference

March 22-24, 2018

The University of Louisiana-LafayetteLafayette, LA

Whether in the American or context, Souths are the site of cheap labor, once exploited agriculturally and then industrially for the profit of the colonizing and industrialized and technologically advanced Norths.

 —James L. Peacock, Carla Jones, and Catherine Brooks, “Gatokaca Drive,”

The American South in a World (2005)

The DSGS conference is a three-day, interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore the connections between the U.S. South and the South. The South is more than place.  It is a point of connection, a nexus of ideas transcending both geographical and ideological boundaries. We invite all scholars and graduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to submit critical and creative proposals that explore humanity’s interactions with and responses to concepts of the South and all aspects of globalization.  Some possible approaches to this conference theme may include but are not limited to the following:


–        Space, Place, and Globalization

–        Challenging notions of “ North/South”

–        The language of a identity

–        Citizenship and Transnationalism

–        Conceptualizations of passing; ethnic hybridity

–        Interethnic influences and cultural appropriations

–        feminisms; Women and nation building

–        Environmental Sustainability

–        Social Media

–        War and Revolution

–        Urban and gentrification

–        Imperialism and subalternity

–        Commodification of place; the World Tourism Organization and poverty

–        Transportation

–        World Health Organization; Hysteria and Epidemics

–        Labor politics; NAFTA and the WTO

–        Pedagogy for generating/transforming

The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete panel session submissions as well as individual paper abstract submissions. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and a 50-word bio.

Deadline for individual papers and complete panel submissions: December 3, 2017Submit all proposals to Programming Committee at dsgsconference@gmail.comApplications for Graduate Student Grants should be sent to Cassandra Pfeifer at

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