Upcoming Event - "Except as a Punishment": A Colloquium and Teaching Workshop Exploring Unfree Labor in the U.S. South, 1865 to Present (January 19-21, 2023)

The Roberson Project on Slavery, Race and Reconciliation and the Center for Southern Studies will host a three-part colloquium of scholars, writers, musicians, and activists whose work engages the significance of unfree labor in the development of the U.S. South after emancipation. Dr. Earl Lewis will deliver the keynote address, which is open to the public and will be webcast live. Direct participation in the colloquium will be limited to the invited participants, but others with interest in the subject may pre-register to listen in and contribute questions – in person or virtually – as audience members. 

Why Study the South? Southern Studies in the 21st Century

Director John Grammer discusses his vision for Southern Studies at Sewanee


The Center for Southern Studies at the University of the South is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is committed to rigorous explorations of the Southern past, confronting the region's moral and practical failures as well as its achievements, in the hopes of informing a thoughtful critique of the present and an imagining of possible futures. The goal of the program is to encourage the interdisciplinary study of the U.S. South by the scholars who participate in its conferences and other academic occasions, by the post-doctoral Fellows it hosts, and by undergraduates at the University of the South.


Call for Faculty Proposals for Research or Course Development

Thanks to its Mellon Grant, Southern Studies is able to offer financial support for faculty research or course development relevant to the study of the U.S. South.

  • Course development proposals should identify the subject matter of the course, the primary department in which it would be offered, and an explanation of the work to be done in preparing it. We particularly welcome proposals for “linked courses,” pairs of courses, offered by two different faculty members in two different departments, that will complement one another in the experience of students who register for both.
  • Research proposals should identify the project to be developed, its current stage of development, and plans for work during the grant period.
  • For both course-development and research grants, please keep in mind the possibilities afforded by the tools of Digital Humanities such as Scalar, Omeka, or Tableau. Interested faculty, whether applying for financial support or not, may consult with the program’s digital humanities specialist, Hannah Huber.

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