The Southern American Studies Association is the largest, and one of the most respected regional chapters of the American Studies Association (U.S.A.). SASA, with a mailing list of over 700 and an active membership of 500, presents new developments and findings in American Studies scholarship, identified and defines areas of debate about the nature of American culture and its study, and conducts cultural and historical programs on the South and its communities. American Studies specifies an interdisciplinary investigation of American culture in order to better understand the institutional patterns, beliefs, and values of America’s pluralistic society.
SASA’s president, Krystyn Moon (University of Mary Washington), has this update about our chapter’s prize honoring the best paper by a graduate student at each biennial conference:
Joseph Thompson is SASA’s 2015 recipient of the Critoph Prize for his paper “Nat ‘King’ Cole’s Civil War: How the Intimate Sounds of Pop Music Ignited Alabama’s Racial Tensions in the 1950s.” Joey is a doctoral student in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History and holds a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Honorable Mention goes to Katie Schank (doctoral candidate at George Washington University, Department of American Studies) for her paper “From Infamous to Famous: (Re)Constructing Atlanta’ Public Housing Through Rap and Hip Hop.”
A debt of gratitude also goes to SASA’s Critoph Committee members: Molly McGehee (Oxford College of Emory University) has done a wonderful job chairing the committee and has recently been elected Vice President—so her committee colleague Betsy Schlabach (Earlham College) is helping maintain the Critoph tradition by serving as Chair in 2017. Meanwhile, we also thank tow former SASA presidents, John Lowe (University of Georgia) and Dennis Moore (Florida State University) for serving on the commttee again this year.
—Dennis Moore o/b/o the A.S.A.‘s southern-regional chapter
Krystyn Moon, SASA’s president, and Dennis Moore, who chaired the nominating committee leading up to our big Bienniale in Atlanta, are happy to announce the results of SASA’s first election under our newly revised Constitution. During the 90 days following our February 2015 conference, members responded to the ballot that circulated via google.docs, like so:
KRYSTYN MOON (U. of Mary Washington), who had succeeded Christine Skwiot last summer and will now serve a full 2-year term
MOLLY McGEHEE (Oxford College of Emory U.), who has been chairing the Critoph Prize since our Charleston conference in ‘013
LYNNE ADRIAN (U. of Alabama), who is returning as Secretary-Treasurer; she’s a former president and a returning Board member
ALISHA GAINES (Florida State U.), also a returning member
MICHAEL INNIS-JIMINEZ (U. of Alabama), a New member!
NGHANA LEWIS (Tulabe U), also a New member!
JOHN WHARTON LOWE (U. of Georgia), also a former president and a returning Board member
TIMOTHY MARR (UNC-Chapel Hill), also a New member!
DENNIS MOORE (Florida State U.), also a former president and a returning Board member
SCOTT PEEPLES (College of Charleston), also a returning Board member
Moving right along!
Gentle reminder to our friends far and wide: deadline for submitting proposals to be part of SASA’s next big biennial conference—next February 19-22 in midtown Atlanta—is around the corner, as in Friday, September 12! Our website, http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org, has info about our focus, ‘RECONSTRUCTION—1865—1965—2015,’ plus plenty of ideas for topics. Here, in the spirit of lagniappe, is another: Sister Rosetta Tharp would’ve turned 100 next March(!), R.I.P., so get those thinking caps on and get those proposals on their way! Looking forward, Dennis Moore, recovering SASA prez, on behalf of our current president, Professor Krystyn Moon
Good morning. Krystyn Moon, who manages SASA’s website (and who’ll be our next prez!), has posted the Call For Participants for SASA’s next biennial conference—next February 19-22 at the Atlanta Westin Hotel—at http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org. As you’ll see, deadline for proposing a paper or a panel is September 14.
Rebecca Hill of Kennesaw State University, who’s organizing the conference, heartily encourages presentations, workshops, roundtables, and performance pieces that address the theme of Reconstruction, broadly conceived—and, as ever, SASA welcomes proposals on other topics that reflect the richness of American Studies.
As ever, we also welcome participation by graduate students and remind everyone that details about our Critoph Prize are at our website, along with links to our recent biennial conferences. There’s also our Facebook site, so Like us—and mark your calendars now to be part of another exciting conference next February in warm Atlanta! Looking forward, Dennis Moore
The Atlanta Westin Hotel will be the venue for the next biennial conference staged by A.S.A.‘s southern-regional chapter, next February 19 - 22: “Reconstruction: 2015 - 1965 - 1865.” Host Rebecca Hill of Kennesaw State University is encouraging presentations, workshops, roundtables, and performance pieces that address the theme of Reconstruction, broadly conceived, and as ever SASA also welcomes proposals on other topics that reflect the richness of American Studies. We’ll list sample topics and the early-September 2014 deadline for proposals at our website, http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org, which also has links to info about our recent biennial conferences and about the Critoph Prize, an award for the best graduate student paper presented at each biennial SASA conference. Don’t forget our Facebook page, where we hope you’ll Like us.—Dennis Moore, recovering SASA president