CALL FOR PAPERS:
William Gilmore Simms and the Crucible of Southern Culture
September 23-Sept. 25, 2010
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Abstracts (150-500 words) are due June 25, 2010.
The University Libraries of the University of South Carolina and the William Gilmore Simms Society invite all interested scholars to a conference exploring the life and works of William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), the antebellum South’s most prolific writer and one of its best-known public intellectuals as novelist, poet, critic, and historian.
The University of South Carolina welcomes academics from all disciplines, especially history, literature, philosophy, and political science, to contribute papers on any aspect of Simms’s life and work for this major national conference. While the conference will address Simms and his writing from all perspectives, one theme will focus on the comparatively neglected post-Civil War period, when Simms elected to stay in his war-torn native South Carolina, embracing the realities of defeat and Reconstruction. Those papers addressing the postwar writings will have the opportunity to be revised for inclusion in a university press publication. Papers addressing other aspects of Simms’s work will be considered for a volume of the Simms Review, a refereed journal published by the Simms Society, the conference cosponsor. A prize for the best student paper will be offered, which includes complimentary registration; to be considered, complete papers, not abstracts, must be submitted by June 25, 2010.
Please join us at the historic campus of the University of South Carolina for this gala three-day event, Sept. 23-Sept. 25, 2010. Abstracts (150-500 words) are due June 25, 2010. Send via e-mail, along with a brief (50-100 words) biography, to: Meriwetn@mailbox.sc.edu.
Please imbed the information in the e-mail, not via attachment. Direct questions to the same e-mail address. Conference registration is $145, or $75 to students who are presenting, and includes the opening reception, banquet, and program.