Charleston CFP 2013

slightly updated, August 8, 2012

We All Declare For Liberty,” the next biennial conference of SASA, the American Studies Association’s largest regional affiliate:

January 31-February 2, 2013, in CHARLESTON!

Looking ahead to the sesquicentenary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Southern American Studies Association is honored to welcome distinguished historians ERIC FONER and TIYA MILES to Charleston as our plenary speakers. We’ve borrowed our quite broad theme from an observation President Lincoln made less than a year before his assassination: “We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.” We welcome a range of panel proposals and individual paper proposals that zero in on one or more of these three intertwined and still contested terms — emancipation, liberty and freedom – placing them in a range of contexts reflecting the richness of American Studies.

As ever, SASA also welcomes proposals on other topics that reflect that richness, too, so this list of suggestions is simply a beginning:

bollywood, mumblecore and beyond / sustainability / social media + the
academy (or “ + pop culture” or “ + the Occupy movement,” or “+ . . .”)
varieties of religious experience / varieties of musical experience / TED
history + the neo-slave narrative / prison-industrial complexities
Denmark Vesey’s legacies / William Gilmore Simms’ legacies / Charleston
and Its RenaissanceS / Charleston and the Lowcountry as Classroom
foodways + (agri)cultural practices / social history / public history,
public anthropology / centenary of the Armory Show / centenary of the
Seventeenth Amendment / Angels in America, 20 years along / Roe v. Wade,
40 years along  / Sleeper, 40 years along / 50th anniversary of the March
on Washington / 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination  / Who Knew? North Americans’ responses to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who / and so on

Noon EDT on Friday, September 14, is the deadline for e-mailing paper or panel proposals to us at <> (note: it’s not case-sensitive).  In the interest of involving as many people in our conferences as possible, the maximum number of slots on the 2013 program for any participant is two, with no more than one being a formal paper on research. Also, given how well the following statement works within the national organization’s “Getting on the ASA Meeting Program: A Practical Guide,” we’ve made it an integral part of our 2013 CFP:

The paper you propose must be new and original. You should never plan to give the same paper at two different conferences, and you should never submit proposals for the same panel to two different conferences at the same time.

In that spirit, we’ll construct sets of concurrent sessions (90 minutes each, punctuated by 15- or 30-minute breaks and ample caffeine), along with a reception or two and several tantalizing opportunities for getting outside the conference site, Charleston’s historic Francis Marion Hotel.

Our special room rate, only $139 per night, single or double, is available until January 4 by calling (843) 722-0600 or 1-877-756-2121 and being sure to mention that you want the special Southern American Studies Association rate. To register online, visit our new website,, and click on the “Conferences” button!

As ever, SASA will award its Critoph Prize to the conference’s best paper by a graduate student, and our 2013 bienniale will be our third consecutive one to include an interdisciplinary roundtable with the author of an especially impressive book: Prof. Foner has graciously agreed to participate in a colloquy, at this Charleston conference, on his Pulitzer Prize- and Bancroft Prize-winning The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.

We’re posting updates from time to time at our new website and at our wee portion of – plus anytime’s a great time to visit our Facebook page As  co-chairs of the committee organizing this next conference, we’re

      Looking forward,

Dennis Moore, <>
Florida State University
SASA President, 2011-’013
Scott Peeples, <>
College of Charleston