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Call for Proposals: State of the Plate, due November 15!

Our 2015 Global American South conference will focus on “The State of the Plate: Food and the Local/Global Nexus.” Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, the Global Research Institute, the Department of American Studies, and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the conference will be held March 27-28, 2015 in the FedEx Global Education Center.

Presentations will focus on specific southern flavors and ingredients, broadly defined, as both concept and reality in the American South. Each session will include respondents who are engaged in the practical aspects of food today, including farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

The deadline for our Call for Proposals is November 15, 2014. Please send proposals as well as any questions to

SOHP members presenting research at Oral History Association conference, October 8-12


The Southern Oral History Program  staff is currently attending the Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin. SOHP faculty, staff, and students are addressing a variety of topics–from digital methodologies to activism in academia. Director Malinda Lowery will also screen her award-winning film Private Violence. If you’re in Madison, check out their presentations and take part in conversations about the current state of oral history.

Emerging Methodologies in Oral History, Panel
Thu, October 9, 8:30 to 10:00am, Madison Concourse Hotel, 1, Senate A
Oral Histories on Display: Curating a Physical and Digital Exhibit for the SOHP’s 40th Anniversary, Jaycie Vos

Charting Future Directions for Oral History Projects, Panel
Thu, October 9, 3:00 to 4:30pm, Madison Concourse Hotel, 2, Conference II
Beth Millwood (Chair), Rob Shapard

Academics as Activists, Plenary
Fri, October 10, 10:15 to 11:45am, Madison Concourse Hotel, 2, Wisconsin
Rachel Seidman and Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Film screening of Private Violence
Fri, October 10, 7:30 to 9:30pm, Madison Public Library, Community Room
Malinda Maynor Lowery

Recording Voices and Empowering Communities: Oral History, Community Engagement, and Social Justice, Roundtable
Sat, October 11, 8:30 to 10:00am, Madison Concourse Hotel, 1, Senate B
Hannah Gill (Chair), Sarah  McNamara

Moving to Reach Our (Full, Digital) Potential, Roundtable
Sat, October 11, 10:15 to 11:45am, Madison Concourse Hotel, 2, University A
Jaycie Vos, Seth Kotch, Virginia Ferris

Women in Motion: Examinations of Women’s Activism, Panel
Sat, October 11, 3:00 to 4:30pm, Madison Concourse Hotel, 2, University C
Chair: Malinda Maynor Lowery

Stories of Shape and Motion: Perspectives on Creating and Curating Audiovisual Collections of the Long Black Freedom Struggle, Panel
Sun, October 12, 9:30 to 11:00am, Madison Concourse Hotel, 2, University B
Negotiating the Boundaries: The Pragmatics of Managing Oral History Projects, Seth Kotch

Above, SOHP staff: Jaycie Vos, Rachel Seidman, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Malinda Maynor Lowery, and Rachel Olsen.

Southern Research Circle poster session, Friday, October 3 at 2:00 pm

NavarreteStop by the Love House & Hutchins Forum to learn about twelve summer research projects funded by the Center. Our Southern Research Circle — graduate students in History, Anthropology, English & Comparative Literature, American Studies, City & Regional Planning, Environment & Ecology, Statistics & Operational Research, and the School of Education — will present their findings in poster format.

Come learn about a range of exciting projects at the cutting edge of Southern Studies. From baptism rituals in Gullah culture to bioarcheology in North Carolina cemeteries to the “Mississippi modernism” of Charles Henri Ford, these presentations showcase some of UNC’s best and brightest young scholars at the beginning of their promising careers.









Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

John Cohen, the Downhill Strugglers, & Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton at FedEx Global Education Bldg, Sunday, March 23 at 5:15 pm

John Cohen, Downhill Strugglers, Jerron Paxton

CSAS to Co-host IASPM Conference, Mar 13-16, 2014


The Center for the Study of the American South, in collaboration with the Department of Music and the Southern Folklife Collection, is pleased to host the 2014 annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S. Branch).

The conference will focus on the theme “Music Flows,” in keeping with UNC’s campus-wide Water initiative. Most sessions and exhibits will occur in the buildings that house the Department of Music, with special events at the Center for the Study of the American South and Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection. View the complete IASPM program here.