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SEWSA 2013

Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, April 18-20, UNC Greensboro

Call for Papers/Submissions Deadlines = November 16 and November 30, 2012

General CFP Submissions = Due November 30, 2012

SEWSA 2013 invites conversation surrounding Outrage! Discourses, Practices,  and Politics of Protest and Social Transformation that have been and will be transformative in the interdisciplinary study of women, gender, sexuality, and in framing and exploring social experience.  The conference will foster a vigorous, open and inclusive dialogue about the need for, and possibility of, different avenues to change and transformation.  Rage, outrage, protest, organizing, diplomacy, and compromise will be considered as they are manifested in the discourses, practices, and products of art, scholarship and public service.

For more information and submission:

SEWSA Caucus Proposal Deadline = Due November 16, 2012*
The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association supports caucuses for groups that are under-represented within society or SEWSA as an organization.  Current caucuses include LGBTQ Caucus, People of Color Caucus and Student Caucus.

*Those submitting caucus proposals will be notified soon after the deadline so that they can also submit to the general CFP by November 30th, should they desire.

LGBTQ Caucus CFP = “The Queer South: Challenging Regionalisms” solicits proposals that critically analyze some phenomenon related to sexualized or gendered “otherness” that positions the South (or some facet of the South) as “queer.”  These analyses may define “queer” in terms of les-bi-gay/non-straight sexualities, non-normative genders, or other non-normative sexual practices (not necessarily les-bi-gay), or non- or anti-heteronormative practices, theories, and lives.  The call is open to broad interpretations of “the South,” including the global South, but the LGBTQ Caucus takes as its starting point how the U.S. South is situated within a national landscape.

For more information and submission, contact LGBTQ Caucus Chair, Jennifer Purvis

PoC Caucus CFP = “A Meeting at the Kitchen Table: POC Feminists Envisioning the Future”  calls on some of our People of Color feminist foremothers to examine where we are as POC academics, cultural workers, and artists and where we’d like to be. As we look at the interracial POC dynamics that both propel and impede our activism/scholarship/art we realize that we must look to ourselves for answers as we struggle to keep our movements alive. We invite stories, questions, experiments, practices, and ideas from POC to encourage an intergenerational multi-racial conversation that supports the articulation of collective movement toward the world we want.

For more information and submission, contact PoC Caucus Chair, Moya Bailey

Student Caucus CFP = “The Future of Feminism in a Post-Identity Era” invites proposals that examine the relevance of identity categories for contemporary academics and activists. Feminism, Queer Studies and Critical Race Theory have explored the continued relevance of these categories, with concern for preserving points of solidarity and narratives of struggle, existence and belonging. How can feminist and queer scholarship demonstrate the continued importance of these categories? What kinds of work can we produce that will expand the public’s awareness of continuing discrimination and marginalization?

For more information and submission, contact student caucus representative, Aretina Hamilton

Karin Peterson
Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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UNC Asheville
Asheville, NC 28804

American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill

Subject:       The New PhD Program in American Studies at UNC
From:       “Shaw, David M” <>
Date:       Thu, August 30, 2012 10:30 am

The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill proudly announces a new doctoral program in American Studies,
which joins the long-standing M.A. program in Folklore.  In addition to a
core strength in American cultural history and literature, our department
features signature strengths in American Indian Studies, Southern Studies,
International and Comparative American Studies, Folklore, and Digital
Humanities.   Our sixteen faculty members teach and work in an array of
fields including American intellectual, social, and cultural history,
foodways, material culture, popular and folk music, literary and film
criticism, American religions, American Indian expressive culture, art and
visual culture, vernacular architecture, popular culture, new media and
public engagement, and culturally informed public policy. Our graduate
programs are designed for depth and breadth in American Studies and
Folklore – and they competitively position our graduates for careers in a
rapidly changing world of scholarly opportunities. Our emphasis is on the
centrality of the interdisciplinary humanities for all aspects of
intellectual and professional life.

UNC’s American Studies graduate program is described in detail on our

Applications are being accepted for fall 2013.  Please address questions to
Professor Bernard Herman, Chair,<>, or to co-Directors
Graduate Studies Patricia Sawin,<>, and
Joy Kasson,<>.


Dave Shaw
Executive Editor, Southern Cultures
on behalf of UNC’s Department of American Studies