Profound shifts in the way we think, use and protect water, rapid immigration and demographic change (the ‘graying’ and ‘browning’ of the United States), and immense urbanization have made the American South a bellwether of environmental change for both America and the world at large.
Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South aims to bring together graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and a broader public audience to share current research that explore these themes from the point of view of 1) southern culture, history, and ethics, 2) efforts to restore natural and built environments, and 3) the implications and connections between changes to the American South and the inter-connected global environment in which we live.
This two-day conference is part of the ongoing exploration of the globalization of the southern United States that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been pursuing for over a decade. Each year this interdisciplinary conference focuses on a different theme to reveal the interplay of the global and the local, both the impacts of globalization on our region and the often surprising ways that local culture and experience influence distant communities and regions.
Special Programming: Margaret Palmer (University of Maryland) will deliver the Chandler Lecture in Southern Business History as the conference keynote.
Call for Proposals:
We invite proposals for papers, panels, and presentations from the full range of disciplines that engage with water, immigration and demography, environmental restoration, and the Global American South. Presentations will be scheduled for 20 minutes, with 10 minutes allotted for Q&A or audience discussion. Proposals for alternate formats may include, but are not limited to, interactive or collaborative presentations, moderated roundtable, or panel discussions. Alternative-format proposals may be for sessions of 30 or 60 minutes.
Submission: please send as a single PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
• a cover letter with name, institutional and departmental affiliation (if any), proposed presentation title, full contact information including email, phone, and mailing address, and status (faculty, student, independent researcher)
• an abstract of no more than 350 words
Deadline: November 15, 2013.
Conference Program Committee:
Todd BenDor, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning
Jocelyn Neal, Director, Center for the Study of the American South; Professor, Music
Niklaus Steiner, Director, Center for Global Initiatives
Larry Band, Director, Institute for the Environment; Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor, Geography
Bland Simpson, Kenan Distinguished Professor, English and Creative Writing
Greg Characklis, Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Nikhil Kaza, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning
There will be no registration fee for this conference; decisions about proposals will be communicated by mid-December.