Oxford, MS • July 17–21, 2016
The 2016 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, “Faulkner and the Native South,” will bring together writers, teachers, students, and other lovers of Faulkner’s work for five days of lectures and discussions charting the confluence of Choctaw, Chickasaw, European, and African histories and cultural elements in William Faulkner’s imagination and the additional currents that flow between his writings and the Native American canon. Faulkner adopted a Native American name, “Yoknapatawpha,” for the fictional North Mississippi county he created in his novels and stories. Native figures occupy key positions in a number of the overlapping origin narratives he developed for his imaginary domain, which comes into historical focus against the background of Indian Removal in the southeastern United States. He also enlisted Native characters and communities in searching interrogations of Yoknapatawpha’s foundations in colonialism, slavery, and environmental abuse. For these reasons and others, Native American writers have found in Faulkner’s work a rich but difficult legacy.
In addition to six keynote lectures, the conference program will include a reading and remarks by Choctaw writer and filmmaker LeAnne Howe, panel presentations, guided daylong tours of North Mississippi and the Delta, and sessions on “Teaching Faulkner” led by James B. Carothers, University of Kansas, Terrell L. Tebbetts, Lyon College, Brian McDonald, J. P. McCaskey High School (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Charles Peek, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Theresa M. Towner, University of Texas at Dallas.
The conference will begin on Sunday, July 17, with a reception at the University Museum, after which the academic program of the conference will open with two keynote addresses, followed by a buffet supper on the grounds of Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak. Over the next four days, a busy schedule of lectures and panels will also make room for an afternoon cocktail reception, a picnic served at Rowan Oak, the guided tours, and a closing party on Thursday afternoon, July 21. Throughout the conference, the University’s J. D. Williams Library will display Faulkner books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia. The University Press of Mississippi will exhibit Faulkner books published by university presses throughout the United States, and there will be a display, with books for sale, by Faulkner collector Seth Berner, who will also give a brown bag lunch presentation on “Collecting Faulkner.” In addition, collaborators on the Digital Yoknapatawpha Project, a database and digital mapping venture at the University of Virginia, will present updates on its progress at a special conference session.
The 22nd annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference is set for July 14–16, 2016, at the University of Mississippi. Both critical and creative submissions will be accepted, dealing with all aspects of Southern culture. Submissions to the conference are not limited to literary studies—we are interested in all interdisciplinary approaches to Southern culture. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m., April 1, 2016. Contact Ryan Charlton at swswgradconference@ gmail.com for more information.
Eric Gary Anderson is associate professor of English at George Mason University, where he was the recipient of a University Teaching Excellence award in 2014. Author of American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions (1999) and essays in such distinguished scholarly journals as PMLA, American Literary History, American Literature, and ESQ, he has also coedited a special issue of Mississippi Quarterly on “Southern Roots and Routes: Origins, Migrations, Transformations.” He was a keynote speaker at the “Faulkner and the Ecology of the South” conference in 2003.
Robbie Ethridge is professor of anthropology at the University of Mississippi, where she joined the faculty in 1997. Author of Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World (2003) and From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540–1715, she has also coedited three scholarly collections on the ethnohistory of Southeastern Indians and is coeditor in chief of the journal Native South.
Patricia Kay Galloway is professor of archival enterprise in the School of Information at the University of Texas. A former editor and projects officer at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, she is the author of Choctaw Genesis 1500–1700 (1995) and Practicing Ethnohistory: Mining Archives, Hearing Testimony, Constructing Narrative (2006), and the editor of The Hernando de Soto Expedition: History, Historiography, and “Discovery” in the Southeast (2005). Her essay “The Construction of Faulkner’s Indians” appeared in the 2002–2003 special issue of the Faulkner Journal on “Faulkner’s Indians.”
LeAnne Howe, an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is Eidson Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Georgia. Her many books include two novels, Shell Shaker (2001) and Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story (2007); Evidence of Red: Poems and Prose (2005); a nonfiction collection, Choctalking on Other Realities (2013); and a coedited essay collection, Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film (2013). Founder and director of the WagonBurner Theatre Troop, she is also a playwright and filmmaker, and in 2006–2007 she was the John and Renée Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.
Katherine M. B. Osburn is associate professor of history at Arizona State University, where she has taught since 2011. Her publications include Southern Ute Women: Autonomy and Assimilation on the Reservation, 1885–1934 (1998), Choctaw Resurgence in Mississippi: Race, Class, and Nation Building in the Jim Crow South, 1830–1977 (2014), and numerous essays in Native American history, and she was the recipient of an NEH research fellowship in 2008.
Melanie Benson Taylor is associate professor of Native American studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of two books, Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912–2002 (2008) and Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause (2012), and her essays have appeared in numerous journals and collections, including The Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner and American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary. Professor Taylor’s current work in progress includes two book projects with a direct bearing on this year’s conference theme: “Faulkner’s Doom: Indians, Capitalism, and Anxiety in the New South,” and “Indian Killers: The Savage Economics of Contemporary Native Literature.”
Annette Trefzer is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She has received her undergraduate education at the Universitaet Hamburg, Germany and received her PhD from Tulane University in 1992. She taught as a Visiting Professor at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and following four years of employment at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she organized and hosted an annual Native American symposium, she joined the University of Mississippi in fall of 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. She has published numerous articles on the literature of the Global South. Her research centers on the culture and literature of disenfranchised groups including indigenous peoples and women. Her book Disturbing Indians: The Archaeology of Southern Fiction (Alabama, 2007) focuses on the roles Native Americans have played in the construction of the South's cultural landscapes and argues that their under-examined presence in Southern literature provides a crucial avenue for a post-regional understanding of the American South. Her new book project focuses on the Native American South. She teaches courses in American literature, Southern Literature, Native American literature and Literary Theory. She served as a board member of the Society of the Study for Southern Literature and past President of the Southern American Studies Association. She served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English from 2009-2012.
The registration fee for the conference before July 1 is $150 for students and $275 for other participants. The fee after July 1 is $175 for students and $300 for others. The fee includes admission to all program events, a buffet supper on Sunday, a reception on Tuesday, a picnic at Rowan Oak on Wednesday, conference session refreshments, and a closing reception on Thursday. The fee does not cover lodging, the optional tours of Faulkner Country, and meals, except for those aforementioned.
A deposit of $50, payable by credit card or by check to the University of Mississippi, will be due upon submission of the online conference registration form. If you are signing up for an optional guided tour, prepayment of the $95 tour fee will also be due on submission of registration information online. All remaining fees will be payable at on-site registration on July 17.
The student certification section of the registration form must be completed for all registrants who pay the student fee. A department head or academic dean must sign the form.
Student Group Discount Package. A special package is available for five or more students who attend the conference as a group. The $150 package includes the conference registration fee and the guided tour. Accommodations, travel, and meals (other than those covered by the conference registration fee) are the responsibility of the individual. A designated person within the group must be identified as the group leader, who should submit the registration forms and deposits by July 7. Receipts and correspondence will be sent to the leader, who will be responsible for collecting the balance, presenting fee checks at on-site registration on July 17, and otherwise assisting with arrangements for members of the group. The group leader will receive a complimentary registration. Group registration may be done online or by contacting Barbara Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-915-5811.
A limited number of waivers of the registration fee are available for graduate students who are not presenting work at the conference but are interested in attending. Contact Jay Watson at email@example.com for details.
Refunds: A refund will be made, less a $20 service charge, provided cancellations of reservations are made in writing and postmarked no later than July 7. No refunds will be made after that date.
If you require assistance relating to a disability or have special dietary requirements, please contact Barbara Thompson at 662-915-5811 prior to the conference.