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The Global Souths, a graduate student-run conference, has released a call for papers for the third annual conference, to be held April 4-6, 2019 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Formerly the Deep South in the Global South, this conference is a three-day, interdisciplinary conference inviting all scholars and graduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to submit critical and creative proposals that explore humanity’s interactions with and responses to an increasingly globalized world.

The programming committee is looking for proposals that explore the connections between the U.S. South and the Global South. Past conferences have included a panel titled "Science & Art: Biology Meets Poetry" where graduate students from the English and Biology departments teamed up to present research on coastal plant ecology, terns in the Caribbean, and crab genetics alongside poetry inspired by this research. Other panels have focused on food, family, Southern womanhood, and transnational identities. Guest speakers from past conferences included John Wharton Lowe, author of Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature and Jane Carlson, an ecologist for the National Parks Service.

The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete panel submissions as well as individual paper abstracts, including creative submissions. The deadline for submissions is December 31st and should be submitted to

Graduate students are also eligible for travel grants. More information is forthcoming on the conference website,

Click here to download a PDF of the Call for Papers.


Photo: "Lafayette Protestant Cemetary. West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana." Taken by Dr. Patrick Martin Holian.