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ASA Southern Division Announces Virtual Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2020  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The new ASA Southern Division announces a two-day virtual workshop September 17-18, 2020. The workshop will be pre-read and conducted online (via Zoom) on the afternoons of Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18. There will be a total of ten presenters, including two keynote speakers. Two mid-career and two junior speakers will be invited.Submitted papers will fill the remaining slots, with at least two of those four open slots reserved for junior scholars.

Keynote speakers:

Dr Regina Bradley is a writer and researcher of African American Life and Culture with an emphasis on the contemporary American South. She was a Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and is the Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Dr. Bradley's expertise and research interests include 20th and 21st Century African American Literature, hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies. She is the author of the forthcoming book Chronicling Stankonia: the Rise of the Hip Hop South (UNC Press)

Hanna Raskin is the food editor and chief critic of The Post and Courier, the South’s oldest daily newspaper, and winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for public service. She has been nominated for five James Beard Awards, including the Jonathan Gold Local Voice (formerly Local Impact) award, which she won in its inaugural year. Raskin has also been honored by the South Carolina Press Association, Association for Alternative Newsmedia and the Society for Features Journalism, which in 2020 awarded her its top prizes in Food Criticism and Food Writing. She serves as president of the Association of Food Journalists.

Call for abstracts

Work in any area of aesthetics and the philosophy of art is welcome, although we encourage submissions that explore issues of special concern in the South, broadly construed. Scholars are welcome to submit no matter where they live or work.

The complete CFP is available here

The deadline for extended abstracts (no more than 500 words) is 8/3/2020 and decisions will be made by 8/7/2020. Completed papers (no longer than 3500 words) must be sent to commentators by 9/3/2020. Submissions should be sent to

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the SASA organizing committee and the 2020 conference committee. Commentators and chairs of the pre-read sessions will be drawn from the active members of the Southern Division of the ASA.

All persons on the program other than the invited keynote speakers -- including presenters, commentators, and chairs -- will be required to be ASA members in 2020 before their names will be announced on the public program.

There will be no registration fee and the workshop will be open to anyone who registers. The meeting will follow the practices of the Virtual Summer Aesthetics Festival and other virtual aesthetics events in requiring pre-registration and the use of individual links.

Queries can be sent to

The 2020 Conference Committee for this workshop includes: John Gibson (University of Louisville), Madeline Martin-Seaver (Auburn University), Aaron Meskin (University of Georgia), Jonathan Neufeld (The College of Charleston), James Shelley (Auburn University), and Elizabeth Scarbrough (Florida International University).

The persons responsible for continuing oversight of the Southern Division are Madeline Martin-Seaver, Aaron Meskin, James Shelley, and Elizabeth Scarbrough.

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