“Valeria Gennaro Lerda, one of the founders, kindly has written a short history of the Forum, aimed especially at new members:
The Southern Studies Forum of the EAAS has been
active since 1988, the year of its launching in
The SSF purposes are: to facilitate the
exchanges of ideas and experiences among scholars interested in the South and
to be interdisciplinary and multinational. Cooperation with southernists from
The European co-founders were (in alphabetical
order): Jan Nordby Gretlund (
The list of the events organized by the members of the SSF shows both the participation in the EAAS biennial conferences with workshops on the South, and the independent symposia of the Forum.”
1990- The United States South: Regionalism and Identity.
1991- Rewriting the South: History and Fiction.
1993- Southern Landscapes.
1995- The Configuration of Race in the South.
1997- The Contemporary South and Its Background.
1999- The Many Souths: Class in Southern Culture.
2002- The South as Another Place.
2003- Southern Ethnicities.
2005- Poverty and Progress in the South.
2007- The (Un)Popular South
2009- (to be announced)
Université de Versailles St Quentin (France). Organizer : Jacques Pothier
WORKSHOPS at EAAS Conferences
1988- West Berlin (
The Social and Cultural Scene in the American South in the 1930s and the 1940s. Chair: Valeria Gennaro Lerda.
From Victorian Thought to Modern Thought in the South: Chair: Jan Nordby Gretlund.
Inventing the South: A Mentality in the Making. Chair: Francois Pitavy.
Regional Obsessions: Criticism and Self-Criticism in the American South. Chairs: Ineke Bockting and Waldemar Zacharasiewicz.
The Americanization of the South: Change and Continuity in Southern Cultures and Society since 1945. Chairs: Stuart Kidd and Lothar Hoennighausen.
The Staging of Southern Identity. Chairs: Tony Badger and Jan Nordby Gretlund.
The Land in Southern History and Cultures: Myths, Metaphors, and Reality. Chairs: Valeria Gennaro Lerda and Daničle Pitavy-Souques.
Southern Culture(s): The American South and/in
The Forging of Southern Exceptionalism. Chairs: Jacques Pothier and Stuart Kidd.
Acquiescence, Dissent, and the South.
Chairs: Jan Nordby Gretlund and Valeria Gennaro Lerda.
SSF Workshop (proposed)
South or Souths? The American South and the shaping of its singular or plural identity/ies
Chairs: Susanna Delfino and Jacques Pothier
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 Updated from the Dec 2005 newsletter of the Southern Studies Forum.