The Southern Studies Forum of the EAAS had been active since 1988, when it was launched in West Berlin, Germany.
The SSF's purposes are: to tighten the exchanges of ideas and experiences among scholars interested in the United States South, to be interdisciplinary and multinational. Cooperation with scholars from the United States and from all over the world has allowed during the years to create a community of scholars, who have developed researches, discussed their achievements and created a network of friendship.
The European co-founders were, (in alphabetical order): Valeria Gennaro Lerda (Italy), Jan Gretlund (Denmark), Lothar Hönnighausen (Germany) and Tjebbe Westendorp (The Netherlands); Tom Inge, (United States) contributed with his encouragement, his scholarship and his friendship, in every phase of the life of the Forum.
There is no chair, no secretary, no membership dues, and no paperwork whatsoever. Everything in the SSF is based on trust, intuition, and a sense of good fellowship. In 2013 the members celebrated the 25th anniversary of SSF.
Following is the list of the events organized by the members of the SSF. It shows both the participation in the EAAS biennial Conferences as a workshop on the South, and the independent Symposia in the off-years of the EAAS. The organizers have published ten collections of essays.
The SSF purposes are : to tighten the exchanges of ideas and experiences among scholars interested in the United States South , to be interdisciplinary and multinational. Cooperation with scholars from the United States and from all over the world has allowed during the years to create a community of scholars, who have developed researches, discussed their achievements and created a network of friendship.
The European co- founders were, (in alphabetical order): Valeria Gennaro Lerda (Italy), Jan Gretlund (Denmark), Lothar Hönnighausen (Germany) and Tjebbe Westendorp (The Netherlands); Tom Inge, (United States) contributed with his encouragement , his scholarship and his friendship, in every phase of the life of the Forum.
Information of the members of the Southern Studies Forum is disseminated through a newsletter. If you are interested in being included on the mailing list, write to the current editors, Thomas Ærvold Bjerre firstname.lastname@example.org and Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis email@example.com
(Thomas Ærvold Bjerre teaches at the Center for American Studies at the University of South Denmark, Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis teaches at the Institute of English Studies at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland).
Workshops at the EAAS biennial conferences and off-year Symposia (indented)
The list of the events organized by the members of the SSF shows both the participation in the EAAS biennial Conferences as a workshop on the South, and the independent Symposia in the off-years of the EAAS (indented).
1988- West Berlin. (Germany).EAAS Conference: Looking Inward, Looking Forward:The United States from the 1930s through the 1940s. SSF Workshop: "The Social and Cultural Scene in the American South in the 1930s and in the 1940s." Chair Valeria Gennaro Lerda.
- 1990- The United States South: Regionalism and Identity. University of Genoa, Italy. Organizer: Valeria Gennaro Lerda
1990- London.(Great Britain). EAAS Conference SSF Workshop: "From Victorian Thought to Modern Thought in the South." Chair Jon N.Gretlund.
- 1991- Re-Writing the South. History and Fiction. University of Bonn , Germany. Organizer Lothar Hoennighausen.
1992-Seville (Spain). EAAS Conference: The American Columbiad. Discovering America, Inventing United States. SSF Workshop: "Inventing the South. A Mentality in the Making." Chair Francois Pitavy
- 1993- Southern Landscapes. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States). Organizer Walter Edgar
1994- Luxemburg. EAAS Conference: The Insular Dream.Obsession and Resistance. SSF Workshop: "Regional Obsessions: Criticism and Self- Criticism in the American South." Chairs Ineke Bockting and Waldemar Zacharasiewicz.
- 1995 The Configuration of Race in the South. University of Cambridge (GB). Organizer Tony Badger.
1996 Warsaw (Poland). EAAS Conference: American Culture and its Impact (1946-1996). SSF Workshop: "The Americanization of the South: Change and Continuity in Southern Cultures and Society since 1945." Chairs Stuart Kidd and Lothar Hönnighausen.
- 1997 The Contemporary South and its Background. University of Odense, Aero Island , Denmark. Organizers Jan Gretlund and Clara Junker.
1998 Lisbon (Portugal). EAAS Conference: Ceremonies and Spectacles: America and the Staging of Collective Identities. SSF Workshop: "The Staging of Southern Identity." Chairs Tony Badger and Jon N.Gretlund.
- 1999 The Many Souths: Class in Southern Culture. University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria). Organizer Waldemar Zacharasiewicz.
2000 Graz (Austria). EAAS Conference: Nature’s Nation Reconsidered: American Concepts of Nature from Wonder to Ecological Crisis. SSF Workshop: "The Land in Southern History and Cultures: Myths, Metaphors and Reality." Chairs Valeria Gennaro Lerda and Danièle Pitavy.
- 2002 The South as Another Place. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, United States. Organizer Walter Edgar.
2002 Bordeaux (France) EAAS Conference : The United States of/in Europe : Nationhood, Citizenship, Culture. SSF Workshop : "Southern Cultures : The American South and /in Europe." Chair Waldemar Zacharasiewicz
- 2003 Southern Ethnicities. Aristotle University. Thessaloniki (Greece). Organizer Youli Theodosiadou.
2004 Prague (CzechRepublic). EAAS Conference: America in he Course of Human Events: Presentations and Interpretations. SSF Workshop: "The Forging of Southern Exceptionalism." Chairs Jacques Pothier and Stuart Kidd.
- 2005 Progress and Poverty in the South. The Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, The Netherlands. Organizers Cornelis Van Minnen and Anneke Leehouts.
2006 Nicosia (Cyprus) EAAS Conference.: Conformism, Non-conformism and anti-conformism in the culture of the United States. SSF Workshop: "Acquiescence, Dissent, and the South." Chairs Valeria Gennaro Lerda, Jon N.Gretlund.
- 2007 The (Un)popular South. Olomouc (Czech Republic). Organizer Marcel Arbeit.
2008 Oslo (Norway) EAAS Conference: “E Pluribus Unum” or “E Pluribus Plura?” SSF Workshop: "South or Souths? The American South and the shaping of its singular or plural identity/ies". Organizers: Susanna Delfino-Jacques Pothier
- 2009 The Sense(s) of the South. Paris/Versailles. Organizers Jacques Pothier and Géraldine Chouard.
2010 Dublin. EAAS Conference. Forever Young? The Changing Images of America. SSF Workshop: “The past is Dead- Long live the Past!- Changing Images of the South." Organizers: Susan Castillo- John Andreas Fuchs
- 2011 Southern Destinations/The South in Motion. Santiago de Compostela, Spain, September 14-18. Organizer Constante Gonzales.
2012 Izmir (Turkey) EAAS Conference The Health of the Nation, March 30-April 2. SSF Workshop : “The Scourges of the South” Organizers Beata Zawadka and Thomas Ærvold Bjerre.
- 2013 Performing South. Szczecin, Poland, September 12 – 14. Organizer: Beata Zawadka. Call for papers. Website
2014 The Hague. No SSF workshop.
- 2015 Trans-South University of Essex, 24-27 September 2015. Organizer: Owen Robinson.
2016 Constanta (Romania). EAAS Conference, April 22-25, 2016. "Southern Specificities of Literary Genres." Organizers: Gérald Préher, Lille Catholic University, France, and Marcel Arbeit, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic
- 2017 Facets of the South Lille Catholic University, Sept. 21-23 2017. Organizer: Gerald Preher.
2018 London. No SSF workshop.
- 2019 Southern Disruptions Organizers Clara Juncker, Thomas Ærvold Bjerre, and Marianne Kongerslev. Center for American Studies, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, April 3-5, 2019
2021 Warsaw (virtual) EAAS Conference Visions, April 30-May 2. SSF Workshops:"The Legacy of Southern Plantations in the Contemporary African American Novel" (Chair Ewa Łuczak, University of Warsaw); "New South and Modernist Visions" (Chair Beata Maria Zawadka, University of Szczecin); "Contemporary Southern Visions" (Chair Peter Templeton, Loughborough University)
Books and Collections published
Valeria Gennaro Lerda and Tjebbe Westendorp, eds., The United States South. Regionalism and Identity, Roma,Bulzoni, 1991. (Collection from the Symposium of Genoa-Italy, January 1990)
Lothar Hönnighausen and Valeria Gennaro Lerda, eds., Re-Writing the South. History and Fiction, Tubingen and Basel, Francke Verlag, 1993.(Collection from the Symposium of Bonn, Germany, 1991)
Tony Badger and Walter Edgar, Ian N. Gretlund, eds., Southern Landscapes, Tubingen , Stauffenburg Verlag, 1996. (Collection from the Symposia of Columbia, SC-1993, and Cambridge, UK-1995)
Jan N. Gretlund, ed., The Southern State of Mind, Columbia , SC,1999. (Collection from the Symposium held at Aeroskoebing, Denmark, 1997).
Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, ed., The Many Souths. Class in Southern Culture, Tubingen, Stauffenburg Verlag, 2003. (Collection from the Symposium of Vienna, 1999) .
Suzanne W. Jones-Mark Newman, eds., Poverty and Progress in the US South,VU University Press, Amsterdam, 2006. (Collection from the Symposium in Middelburg, 2005)
Youli Theodosiadou. Ed., Southern Ethnicities, Thessaloniki, 2008.
Géraldine Chouard, Jacques Pothier, eds. "Senses of the South" Transatlantica 1/2011 (Collection from the symposium at Versailles and Paris, 2009).
Constante González Groba, ed. Unsteadily Marching On: the U.S. South in Motion. Biblioteca Javier Coy d’estudis nord-americans, Publications Universitat de València, Spain, 2013 (from the symposium at Santiago de Compostela, 2011).
Thomas Ærvold Bjerre and Beata Zawadka, eds. The Scourges of the South: Essays on “The Sickly South” in History, Literature, and Popular Culture. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014 (proceedings from the 2012 Southern Studies Forum conference).
Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis ed. Ex-Centric Souths: (Re)Imagining Southern Centers and Peripheries. Biblioteca Javier Coy d’estudis nord-americans, València: Publicacions de la Universitat de València, 2019,
Contributers to this page: many thanks to Valeria Gennaro Lerda for compiling the history of the SSF, to Constante Gonzalez for his update, and to Jan Gretlund for carrying on the fire.
Page updated May 2, 2021.