Calls for Papers


Eudora Welty in New Orleans
2010 Society For The Study of Southern Literature
New Orleans, LA
April 8-11, 2010

In New Orleans, we will consider Welty’s NO connections—her travel “south of South,” her use of New Orleans and Louisiana in her fiction, her interest in carnival. In southern literature generally, New Orleans can be a landscape of transgression or of sophistication: we might ask, how does it function in Welty’s work? Recognizing New Orleans as a place of great contrasts, and in connection with the larger conference theme of being Down and South, papers might also explore another sense of Welty in New Orleans—that is, Welty’s fit into this year’s SSSL theme (see the cfp at Topics might include Welty’s attention to weathering poverty, floods, violence, class categories and social prescription, or perhaps to forms of what Pierre Bourdieu calls “cultural capital” to consider how the persistent (or perceived) deficiencies of the South have become our primary currency [in] efforts to re-conceptualize southern status.

Please send statements of interest as soon as possible and proposals of 500 words by October 15 to Harriet Pollack, Professor of English, Bucknell University,

Call for Papers
SSSL Conference 2010
Everybody Loves You When You’re Down
And South: Cultural Capital in Hard Times
April 8-11, 2010
Pere Marquette Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana

Global Exchanges: Eudora Welty’s Connections to the World

A visit to Eudora Welty’s home in Jackson, Mississippi reveals her connections to a world beyond the South. In every room, diverse reading materials and mementos of her extensive travel remind us of her dual roles as resident of Jackson and citizen of the world. Considering the conference theme, writers might explore Welty’s global connections through food, culture, international friendships, and literature around the world related to her fiction.

Please send a 1-2 page abstract of your proposed paper to Mae Miller Claxton at by October 15, 2009.




2009 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown
Atlanta, GA
November 6-8, 2009  

Type of Session: Affiliated Group (Eudora Welty Society)
Session Name: Welty: The Intersection of Human Rights and the Female Aesthetic
Chair: Rebecca Harrison, University of West Georgia
Session Secretary: Open
CFP Details:
As a WPA Junior Publicity Agent, society column writer, and photographer, Welty was involved in the literal process of documenting the socioeconomic culture of the American South.  As such, she bore direct witness to racial injustice, gender inequality, and labor disputes.  Her experiences with issues of human rights included her witnessing of the civil unrest of the 1950s and 60s.  These experiences as a documentarian with the people and the landscape of the world around her—one she loved but couldn’t fully reconcile—influenced her creative work where she questioned and explored the ramifications of conservative attitudes toward gender, race, and ethnicity.  On the 100th anniversary of Eudora Welty’s birth, the Welty Society requests papers on the writing of Eudora Welty in its connection to the question of human rights and/or its use and import in her female, creative aesthetic.    
Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Rebecca Harrison ( ) by May 15, 2009