We have been pleased to welcome Dr. Henk Rossouw as Assistant Professor of Poetry to UL’s English Department, specializing in creative writing, modern and contemporary poetry, postcolonial studies, archives, and ecocriticism. Dr. Rossouw’s book-length poem Xamissa, published by Fordham University Press in 2018, won the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize. Best American Experimental Writing 2018, out from Wesleyan University Press, featured an excerpt.
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 email@example.com.
Graduate students are also eligible for travel grants. More information is forthcoming on the conference website, www.DSGSconference.weebly.com.
Photo: "Lafayette Protestant Cemetary. West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana." Taken by Dr. Patrick Martin Holian.