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FEATURED THEME

The American South

With the annual meeting located in Tampa, Florida, this year, the nation of geographers has an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the US region that is the American South. A region with both painful legacies and vibrant social justice movements, with both distinct sub-regional cultures and a broad overall fl avor, with many geographic patterns simultaneously both similar to and different from those in the US as a whole, the American South is deserving of scholarly attention from a wide range of perspectives. The study of the American South has long been of importance to geographers. Yet, the region has received increased attention as of late, leading to the founding of an AAG specialty group on the South and the expansion of the Southeastern Geographer to a quarterly journal. Underlying this renaissance and remaking of Southern Studies is a critical engagement with current theoretical and methodological debates and changes in geography, a valuing of the environmental as well as the cultural and political dimensions of the region, and a consideration of previously marginalized voices and perspectives within traditional conceptions of southern identity.

This session theme includes contributions that (a) demonstrate scholarship on the social, political, cultural, economic, environmental/physical geographic, and ecological aspects of the American South; (b) engage in critical refl ection on the issues, processes, intrinsic qualities, and interconnections that shape the region and its landscapes; (c) utilize innovative techniques and methods in exploring aspects of the US Southeast; (d) provide venues for the exchange of research and teaching ideas among scholars of the American South; or (e) build greater ties between geographers and the larger, cross-disciplinary Southern Studies community.

Sessions of particular significance under this theme are 4468, 4568, 4668 Civil Rights Legacy I, II, and III and 5111 Water in the South.

 

Featured Sessions

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 1174 The American South: Perspectives on Researching the Region
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 1274 Emerging Scholarship of the U.S. South: AAG Student Scholar Paper Session
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 1474 Urban Geography and the American South
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 1574 Community geography and university-community engagement in the American South
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 1569 Have We Moved Beyond the Color Line?: A Conversation on Race,Place, and Black Geographies in the American South
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 1674 Contested Spaces: Land Use, Race, and Gender in the AmericanSouth
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 1669 Exploring Southern Landscapes of Memory with Digital MethodsandTechnologies

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 2135 Biogeographic and Ecological Perspectives on the American South
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 2235 Beyond the Magnolias and Duck Dynasties: New Perspectives onSouthern Landscapes, Space and Southern Geographies
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 2411 Gullah/Geechee-Disya Who WEBE: Indigenous Identity and the Sea Islands (IPSG Annual Plenary Speaker)
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 2477 The Southern Plantation Museum: The "Tough Stuff" of HeritageTourism Research I: The Power of Narrative
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 2521 Author Meets the Critics: Jamie Winders' 'Nashville in the New Millennium: Immigrant Settlement, Urban Transformation, and Social Belonging'
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 2577 The Southern Plantation Museum: The "Tough Stuff" of HeritageTourism Research II: The Museum Experience
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 2677 The Southern Plantation Museum: The "Tough Stuff" of HeritageTourism Research III: Recontextualizing the South

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 3135 Cultural Geography of the American South
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 3166 Southern Exposure: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters in the AmericanSouth
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 3235 Heritage, community, and religion in the American South
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 3205 Latino/a Geographies of/in the American South
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 3435 Tourism and Sports in the American South
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 3505 The Business of Place Naming: A Session in Honor of Wilbur Zelinsky
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 3535 Tourism in the American South
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 3635 Historical geographies of and around the American South

 

Friday, April 1, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 4135 Climate Justice and Hazards Adaptation in the Caribbean: Part1
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 4235 Climate Justice and Hazards Adaptation in the Caribbean: Part2
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 4468 Civil Rights Legacy I : Revisiting the Movement
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 4568 Civil Rights Legacy II: Everyday and Contemporary Struggles
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 4668 Civil Rights Legacy III: Expanding the Boundaries and Identities

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 5111 Water in the South
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 5211 Water Resources and Hydrology in the American South