Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Announcements and Activities

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Announcements and Activities

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The Southern American Studies Association (SASA) announces a call for papers for its 2011 conference, "Peoples, Publics, and Places of the Souths," to be held February 17-19, 2011, hosted by Georgia State University in Atlanta. Colleagues in American studies, southern studies, and all related fields are invited to submit proposals investigating the interconnections among the U.S., Hemispheric, and Global Souths. Although the conference organizers hope to attract a host of comparative, cross-cultural, transnational, and transregional projects, a wide range of topics, panels, and presentations will also be considered. Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers; the SASA's Critoph Prize, which includes a $250 cash award, will be presented to the best graduate student paper given at the conference.

The deadline for submission is September 15, 2010. Please send proposals that include a 150-200 word abstract and a one-page c.v. for each participant to Christine Skwiot, Department of History, Georgia State University, at cskwiot@gsu.edu. For more information, please visit the SASA website, http://www.theasa.net/chapter_southern/.

The Museum of the Confederacy is pleased to announce that the recipients of the fortieth annual Jefferson Davis Award are U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, by Joan Waugh of the University of California, Los Angeles, and A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War, by Daniel E. Sutherland of the University of Arkansas. Both books were published in 2009 by the University of North Carolina Press as titles in the Civil War America series. The Jefferson Davis Award is given annually to recognize outstanding narrative works relating to the origins, life, and legacies of the Confederate States of America and the Civil War. The award consists of a framed red wax seal made from the original Great Seal of the Confederacy and a cash prize. This is the first time that two books have shared the Davis Award.

The judges praised Waugh for taking the study of historical memory "to new levels of sophistication," interweaving the analytical study of memory with a more traditional narrative, and for demonstrating how "popularity (and memory) is not static but subject to the whims of politics and other national trends. …

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