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Southern Spaces Southern Spaces is a peer-reviewed online journal that provides open access to articles, photo essays and images, presentations, and short videos about real and imagined spaces and places of the U.S.

South and their connections to the world. Southern Spaces is a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal published in collaboration with the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University. We publish articles, photo essays and images, presentations, and short videos about real and imagined spaces and places of the U.S. South and their global connections. We intend our audience to be researchers and teachers, students in and out of classrooms, library patrons, and interested readers.

South and their connections to the world. Southern Spaces is a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal published in collaboration with the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University. We publish articles, photo essays and images, presentations, and short videos about real and imagined spaces and places of the U.S. South and their global connections. We intend our audience to be researchers and teachers, students in and out of classrooms, library patrons, and interested readers.

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New publication alert: "Marching for Gay Rights in Atlanta, 1971: An Excerpt from A Night at the Sweet Gum Head" by Mart...
03/23/2022
Marching for Gay Rights in Atlanta, 1971: An Excerpt from A Night at the Sweet Gum Head

New publication alert: "Marching for Gay Rights in Atlanta, 1971: An Excerpt from A Night at the Sweet Gum Head" by Martin Padgett. https://southernspaces.org/2022/marching-gay-rights-atlanta-1971-excerpt-night-sweet-gum-head/

This excerpt, as well as the accompanying video stills, centers the activism of Bill Smith, a central figure in the founding of Georgia’s Gay Liberation Front and a member of the Southeastern Gay Coalition. Smith served as the first out-gay man in Atlanta city government as Sam Massell’s appoint...

Just published: Along the Ulcofauhatche: Of Sorrow Songs and "Dried Indian Creek" by Mark Auslander and Rev. Avis E. Wil...
02/18/2022
Along the Ulcofauhatche: Of Sorrow Songs and "Dried Indian Creek"

Just published: Along the Ulcofauhatche: Of Sorrow Songs and "Dried Indian Creek" by Mark Auslander and Rev. Avis E. Williams! https://southernspaces.org/2022/along-ulcofauhatche-sorrow-songs-and-dried-indian-creek/

Mark Auslander and Avis E. Williams recount the contested circumstances surrounding the naming of "Dried Indian Creek" in Newton County, Georgia and explore the lingering racial and institutional implications of this geographic history.

Have you seen our latest call? We invite scholars, critics, writers, health care providers, public health practitioners,...
02/17/2022
Call for Blog Posts, Articles, and Media: COVID in Viral Times

Have you seen our latest call? We invite scholars, critics, writers, health care providers, public health practitioners, activists, media producers, community organizers, and patients to submit 1,000-word blog posts, as well as longer articles and media productions, that address the public health and political implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more: https://southernspaces.org/2022/call-blog-posts-articles-and-media-covid-viral-times/

Call for Submissions Southern Spaces invites scholars, critics, writers, health care providers, public health practitioners, activists, media producers, community organizers, and patients to submit 1,000-word blog posts, as well as longer articles and media productions, that address the public he

Just published: Stephanie Rountree's "Beer, Prayer and Nellydrama": (Im)Possibilities in Max Vernon's The View UpStairs!...
01/21/2022
"Beer, Prayer and Nellydrama": (Im)Possibilities in Max Vernon's The View UpStairs

Just published: Stephanie Rountree's "Beer, Prayer and Nellydrama": (Im)Possibilities in Max Vernon's The View UpStairs! https://southernspaces.org/2022/beer-prayer-and-nellydrama-impossibilities-max-vernons-view-upstairs/

Stephanie Rountree examines the relational possibilities of queer performance in Max Vernon's The View UpStairs, a play that dramatizes the 1973 Up Stairs Lounge fire in New Orleans. Rountree contextualizes the fire within the scope of the twentieth century gay liberation movement and explores how t...

Check out our latest submission call: COVID in Viral Times. We hope that you will share with us your work, research, art...
01/10/2022
Call for Blog Posts, Articles, and Media: COVID in Viral Times

Check out our latest submission call: COVID in Viral Times. We hope that you will share with us your work, research, art, and experiences related to this ongoing pandemic.
https://southernspaces.org/2022/call-blog-posts-articles-and-media-covid-viral-times/

Call for Submissions Southern Spaces invites scholars, critics, writers, health care providers, public health practitioners, activists, media producers, community organizers, and patients to submit 1,000-word blog posts, as well as longer articles and media productions, that address the public he

Just published! A documentary film by Joseph Quintana and Mary Campbell Kitchens on Dynamite Hill, a section of Birmingh...
12/16/2021
1108 Dynamite Hill

Just published! A documentary film by Joseph Quintana and Mary Campbell Kitchens on Dynamite Hill, a section of Birmingham, Alabama frequently bombed by white supremacists in the 1940s-1960s.

In this brief documentary film by Joseph Quintana and Mary Campbell Kitchens, Jeff Drew situates his family home within the broader history of the civil rights movement. Drew's home was among many residences bombed by white supremacists from 1947–1965 in an area of Birmingham, Alabama that came to be known as Dynamite Hill.
https://southernspaces.org/2021/1108-dynamite-hill/

In this brief documentary film by Joseph Quintana and Mary Campbell Kitchens, Jeff Drew situates his family home within the broader history of the civil rights movement. Drew's home was among many residences bombed by white supremacists from 1947–1965 in an area of Birmingham, Alabama that came to...

Check out our latest installment in the Queer Intersections Series: Amanda Mixon's article on historic gay spaces in ear...
12/08/2021
"Out long enough to be historic": Racialized Gay Space in Pre-Stonewall San Antonio

Check out our latest installment in the Queer Intersections Series: Amanda Mixon's article on historic gay spaces in early 1960s San Antonio!

Combining materials from the Carolyn Weathers Collection in the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and a 2015 interview with Weathers herself, Amanda Mixon sketches queer experience in early 1960s San Antonio, Texas. Mixon revisits gay bars, community formation, racial dynamics, policing practices, cultural representations, and military suasion to highlight the ongoing need for further exploration and study of historic gay spaces across Texas.

https://southernspaces.org/2021/out-long-enough-be-historic-racialized-gay-space-pre-stonewall-san-antonio/

Combining materials from the Carolyn Weathers Collection in the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and a 2015 interview with Weathers herself, Amanda Mixon sketches queer experience in early 1960s San Antonio, Texas. Mixon revisits gay bars, community formation, racial dynamics, policing practice...

This #PrideMonth, check out our latest publication from Gregory Samantha Rosenthal. "The work of doing queer history has...
10/28/2021
Living with the Ghosts of Queer Pasts

This #PrideMonth, check out our latest publication from Gregory Samantha Rosenthal.

"The work of doing queer history has the power to transform lives. It has the power to give new meaning to the places we call home."

https://southernspaces.org/2021/living-ghosts-queer-pasts/

Samantha Rosenthal argues that the work of queer history is also the work of public and local history. Exploring how the queer past enlivens a queer future, Rosenthal suggests that queer histories have the power to give new meaning to the places we call home.

It's OpenAccessWeek! We are proud to be an open-access journal. From music to history, public health to literature, we p...
10/26/2021

It's OpenAccessWeek! We are proud to be an open-access journal. From music to history, public health to literature, we provide a variety of scholarship and resources to anyone interested in learning. Take a look: southernspaces.org

Our latest: Historian Elliott J. Gorn highlights the often forgotten work and legacy of Mother Jones, union organizer an...
09/15/2021
Mother Jones: Back in Alabama

Our latest: Historian Elliott J. Gorn highlights the often forgotten work and legacy of Mother Jones, union organizer and activist, whose figure presided over a large rally for striking Alabama coal miners on August 4, 2021.

https://southernspaces.org/2021/mother-jones-back-alabama/

Elliott J. Gorn highlights the often forgotten work and legacy of Mother Jones, prominent union organizer and activist, whose figure presided over a large rally for striking Alabama coal miners on August 4, 2021, in Brookwood, Alabama.

"We don't never give up. You know when I'll stop? When the last breath leaves my body."Read our new excerpt from Barbara...
08/31/2021
Still Digging Our Own Graves: Coal Miners and the Struggle over Black Lung Disease

"We don't never give up. You know when I'll stop? When the last breath leaves my body."

Read our new excerpt from Barbara Ellen Smith's Digging Our Own Graves (Haymarket Books, 2020), which charts the struggles of miners and their families from the 1968 birth of the Black Lung Movement to the present-day resurgence of severe, lethal disease.

Smith provides a vivid portrait of communities struggling for survival against the corporate extraction of labor, mineral wealth, and the very breath of those it sends to dig their own graves. This excerpt from the newly updated edition features the photographs of Earl Dotter as well as a new introduction and conclusion from the author.

https://southernspaces.org/2021/still-digging-our-own-graves-coal-miners-and-struggle-over-black-lung-disease/

Barbara Ellen Smith's Digging Our Own Graves: Coal Miners and the Struggle over Black Lung Disease (Haymarket Books, 2020) charts the struggles of miners and their families from the birth of the Black Lung Movement in 1968 to the present-day resurgence of severe, lethal disease. Through extensive in...

Missing live theater? Maybe our latest publication will help! Alongside striking photographs of theater productions, Bri...
08/03/2021
Nowhere [yet Everywhere] in the World: Cuban History and Sexuality in the Dramas of Abel González Melo

Missing live theater? Maybe our latest publication will help!

Alongside striking photographs of theater productions, Bridgette W. Gunnels interviews Cuban playwright Abel González Melo about his creative process, the Cuban migration experience, and the idea of recasting history for new audiences and times.

https://southernspaces.org/2021/nowhere-yet-everywhere-world-cuban-history-and-sexuality-dramas-abel-gonzalez-melo/

Latin American literature scholar Bridgette W. Gunnels interviews Cuban playwright Abel González Melo, author of more than twenty dramas. The interview was originally conducted in Spanish and is translated into English here. [Se puede leer la versión en español aquí.]

Just published! In this media-rich, interactive monograph, Daniel A. Pollock offers a fresh take on the late nineteenth-...
07/19/2021
Spectacles of American Nationalism: The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama Painting and The Birth of a Nation

Just published! In this media-rich, interactive monograph, Daniel A. Pollock offers a fresh take on the late nineteenth-century cyclorama painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. Explore the enormous painting through an interactive panorama and take a digital "tour" of the cyclorama's most salient moments.

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The late nineteenth-century cyclorama painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta served as a technological, thematic, and commercial forerunner to D. W. Griffith's landmark 1915 film The Birth of a Nation. Both visual spectacles provided immersive experiences for mass audiences and popularized a celebratory account of history that paid tribute to white male warriors on both sides. These cycloramic and cinematic narratives propagated a militarized and racialized nationalism.

Read more here: https://southernspaces.org/2021/spectacles-american-nationalism-battle-atlanta-cyclorama-painting-and-birth-nation

The late nineteenth-century cyclorama painting of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta served as a technological, thematic, and commercial forerunner to D. W. Griffith's landmark 1915 film The Birth of a Nation. Both visual spectacles provided immersive experiences for mass audiences and popularized a ce...

On July 1, 2021, the Supreme Court issued 85 pages of opinions concerning a new interpretation of a 1982 amendment to Se...
07/12/2021
Undoing the Voting Rights Act

On July 1, 2021, the Supreme Court issued 85 pages of opinions concerning a new interpretation of a 1982 amendment to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. In our latest, Steve Suitts illustrates the opinion's dangerous implications for voting rights: https://southernspaces.org/2021/undoing-voting-rights-act/

On July 1, 2021, in the case of Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, the Supreme Court issued eighty-five pages of opinions concerning a new interpretation of a 1982 amendment to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Steve Suitts, who was involved in the Congressional hearings and debate...

Have you seen Tiya Miles's latest book? She examines the history and legacy of "Ashley's Sack," an artifact on display a...
06/10/2021
Slavery's Traces: In Search of Ashley's Sack

Have you seen Tiya Miles's latest book? She examines the history and legacy of "Ashley's Sack," an artifact on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mark Auslander wrote a piece for us on the journey of "Ashley's Sack" from an enslaved family to the National Mall, which inspired Dr. Mile's book.

Take a look at a review for the book: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/books/review-all-that-she-carried-ashleys-sack-tiya-miles.html

And be sure to read our piece on the artifact's journey: https://southernspaces.org/2016/slaverys-traces-search-ashleys-sack/

One of the most enigmatic objects on display in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is "Ashley's Sack." On loan from South Carolina's Middleton Place, this unbleached cotton sack features an embroidered text recounting the slave sale of a nine-year-old girl na...

We’re thrilled to bring you an excerpt from Mia Bay’s “Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance” (Harvard Univers...
06/07/2021
Jim Crow Journeys: An Excerpt from Traveling Black

We’re thrilled to bring you an excerpt from Mia Bay’s “Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance” (Harvard University Press, 2021), which explores the intertwined history of travel segregation and Black struggles for freedom of movement in the US.

Read it here: https://southernspaces.org/2021/jim-crow-journeys-excerpt-traveling-black/

In this excerpt from Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance (Harvard University Press, 2021), Mia Bay explores the intertwined history of travel segregation and Black struggles for freedom of movement in the US through the oppressive architecture of train stations.

Big congratulations to our brilliant colleague! We’re so proud of you, Camille!
04/27/2021

Big congratulations to our brilliant colleague! We’re so proud of you, Camille!

Congratulations to the 2021 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows, including Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) Graduate Student Coordinator Alexander Cors + Southern Spaces Editorial Associate Camille J. Goldmon (both doctoral candidates in History at Emory)! 👏

These fellowships support promising doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences with a year of funding designed to help them complete projects that will form the foundations of their scholarly careers. The program, now in its fifteenth year, is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has named 72 fellows this year, the largest and most diverse cohort in the program’s history, selected through a multi-stage peer review process from a pool of over 1,000 applicants. Each fellow receives an award of $43,000 to support the final year of dissertation research and writing. In addition, fellows participate in a career development seminar to help them prepare for postdoctoral opportunities within and beyond the academy.

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To read more about this prestigious fellowship and each scholars' abstract, please visit: https://www.acls.org/Recent-Awardees/Mellon-ACLS-Dissertation-Completion-Fellows

Just published—Aaron Witcher reviews Valérie Loichot's Water Graves: The Art of the Unritual in the Greater Caribbean (U...
04/22/2021
Ecologies of the Sacred: A Review of Valérie Loichot's Water Graves

Just published—Aaron Witcher reviews Valérie Loichot's Water Graves: The Art of the Unritual in the Greater Caribbean (University of Virginia Press).

Dive into this compelling, media-rich analysis of Loichot's groundbreaking book: https://southernspaces.org/2021/ecologies-sacred-review-valerie-loichots-water-graves/

Aaron Witcher reviews Valérie Loichot's Water Graves: The Art of the Unritual in the Greater Caribbean (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020).

Check out our latest review essay: Kylie Smith considers Mab Segrest's Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Hauntin...
04/09/2021
Psychiatry in the Wake: Racism and the Asylumed South

Check out our latest review essay: Kylie Smith considers Mab Segrest's Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum (The New Press) along with Wendy Gonaver's The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840–1880 (University of North Carolina Press).

https://southernspaces.org/2021/psychiatry-wake-racism-and-asylumed-south/

Kylie Smith reviews Mab Segrest's Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum (New York: The New Press, 2020) and Wendy Gonaver's The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840–1880 (Chapel Hill: University of North Caro...

Our new excerpt from Kofi Boone's chapter in Black Landscapes Matter (University of Virginia Press) describes three town...
03/09/2021
Three Black Towns: An Excerpt from Black Landscapes Matter

Our new excerpt from Kofi Boone's chapter in Black Landscapes Matter (University of Virginia Press) describes three towns founded by freed Black people who endeavored to create their own communities.

Read about these powerful sites of resilience here: https://southernspaces.org/2021/three-black-towns-excerpt-black-landscapes-matter/

Kofi Boone describes three towns founded by freed Black people who endeavored to create their own communities. Excerpted from "Enabling Connections to Empower Place: The Carolinas" in Black Landscapes Matter (University of Virginia Press, 2020). Courtesy of the University of Virginia Press.

"It isn't just about this Creek tribe and this Creek reservation. It's about a justice of the Supreme Court acknowledgin...
02/18/2021
McGirt v. Oklahoma: Implications of the 2020 Supreme Court Decision for Native America

"It isn't just about this Creek tribe and this Creek reservation. It's about a justice of the Supreme Court acknowledging the harms that were done and fighting for justice today."

Four Native American scholars, jurists, and activists examine the historical contexts and implications of the US Supreme Court’s McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling, a significant victory for Native land rights.

https://southernspaces.org/2021/mcgirt-v-oklahoma-implications-2020-supreme-court-decision-native-america/

On October 12, 2020, four Native American scholars, jurists, and activists engaged in a panel discussion (via Zoom) that examined the historical contexts and implications of the US Supreme Court’s McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling, a significant victory for Native land rights. The edited transcript presen...

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☀️ Grande lecture du samedi ☕️☕️☕️ Article extrêmement fouillé de la r***e Southern Spaces sur l'idéologie du «school choice», ou comment les écoles privées ont été promues pour contourner l'interdiction de la ségrégation raciale dans les écoles américaines. Depuis les luttes pour les droits civiques jusqu'à Donald J. Trump (autoproclamé «the nation's biggest cheerleader for school choice»), les reculs ont été nombreux. « "For whites moving into the new suburbs," writes historian James Hardman Jr., the term "carried the popular consumer phrase 'choice,' and gave the impression that simple economic choice, not morally questionable racial prejudice, was behind the segregation in their communities." It was a redefinition of choice that most of the South's private schools, even those started as "segregation academies," came to embrace and propagate as they persisted and expanded in the decades that followed. »
To learn more about Southern Spaces' open educational resources, you can read this blog post: https://southernspaces.org/2018/educational-resources-new-feature-southern-spaces/ You can access all the educational resources (along with the new Human Rights and Social Justice collection) here: https://southernspaces.org/educational-resources/
Author and longtime public education advocate Steve Suitts argues in Overturning Brown that the language and strategies employed by school choice lobbyists and supporters in Washington mirror those of segregationists. In fact, their goals—if accomplished—would do what segregationists could not following Brown v. Board: resegregate schools. In an article for Southern Spaces, Suitts decries a Supreme Court decision forcing states to give public funds to religious private schools. These institutions, writes Suitts, discriminate in terms of both religion and race, resulting in a segregated system that goes beyond simply the "haves" and "have-nots." More at https://southernspaces.org/2020/supreme-court-overturning-brown-v-board-education/.
Pitts was delighted to host editorial and advisory council members of the Atla Open Press this week in addition to reps from Emory OA Monographs, Southern Spaces by ECDS at Emory Libraries, and Charlotte Rock. Read more about Atla and their initiatives at atla.com
CPH/SMU postdoc Blake Earle offers an insightful review of Matthew Karp's *This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy* (Harvard University Press). At Southern Spaces - https://southernspaces.org/2018/slaveholding-empire-southerners-federal-authority-and-slave-power-abroad
Thanks to Southern Spaces for featuring this piece by Julian Rankin on the genesis of CATFISH DREAM and what drew him to Ed Scott.
Excited to announce a new series with Southern Spaces, "Q***r Intersections / Southern Spaces." Please share the call widely within your networks of fellow scholars, activists, and artists! Summer plans? ... Submit submit submit! #qiss
I am excited to announce a new series, “Q***r Intersections / Southern Spaces,” with Southern Spaces! Spread it widely within your networks of fellow scholars, activists, and artists! Summer plans? ... Submit submit submit! #qiss
Recent book review in Southern Spaces from CPH Postdoc @tbearle. https://t.co/1Ab169dm6b
Teachers, students, and lifelong learners: check out these educational resources from our friends at Southern Spaces!
EXCERPT: Read an essay from the forthcoming KEYWORDS FOR SOUTHERN STUDIES edited by Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson in Southern Spaces. "The keywords in this volume. . . represent not merely ways to think about the US South but also ways of thinking into and through and beyond it. The question at issue has evolved from 'what is southern studies studying?' to 'what does southern studies do?'"
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