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Southern Spaces
A journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections

Call for Submissions: Spatial Justice

Emory University
Published December 11, 2012


Southern Spaces invites essays, photo essays, video productions, and digital projects which explore the relationships between social justice and real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections.

Susan Harbage Page, Tires dragged along roads by the Border Patrol to see fresh footprints left by immigrants, Brownsville, Texas, 2010.
From "Residues of Border Control," by Susan Harbage Page.

"Spatial Justice" will examine social justice in the context of critical regional studies. The publication of this series will coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, and the centennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. While we welcome essays and projects that deal with the legacies of these events, we especially encourage new treatments and analyses of how the making of space and place expresses power, injustice, and social conflict from the pre-colonial period to the twenty-first century.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to

  • Redistricting and voting patterns
  • Effects of demographic shifts in urban, suburban, and rural populations
  • Geographies of public services, education inequity, transportation, health, and safety
  • Mass incarceration, internment, and the carceral state
  • Public health and epidemiology
  • Commercial, industrial, military, and residential geography
  • Desegregation and resegregation of places of residence, work, leisure, education, and worship
  • Workplace democracy, union organizing, and corporate flight
  • Gendered segregation, e.g. in state legislatures or boardrooms
  • Age-based segregation
  • Memory and memorialization
  • Environmental activism
  • Native American spaces
  • Forced migration, slavery, and human trafficking
  • Representations of space and social justice in the arts, film, and media
  • Digital access and virtual space

See below for a list of previous Southern Spaces publications that exemplify the range of interdisciplinary work we seek.

As part of this series, we will publish peer-reviewed digital projects. Please contact us if you have any questions about our process, infrastructure, or other aspects of digital project publishing. Southern Spaces editors are committed to assisting scholars at varying levels of technological proficiency. We will work with authors, photographers, artists, and videographers in the process of producing image, sound, and video files for submissions. We will accept completed works as well as proposals. See our submissions guidelines for style and formatting. Please submit proposals (350–700 words), papers, or projects to by February 15, 2013.

Related Southern Spaces Links

Amberg, Rob. "I-26, Corridor of Change." Southern Spaces, June 5, 2007, 

Ansley, Fran and Anne Lewis. "Going South, Coming North: Migration and Union Organizing in Morristown, Tennessee." Southern Spaces, May 19, 2011,

Auslander, Mark. "The Other Side of Paradise: Glimpsing Slavery in the University's Utopian Landscapes."Southern Spaces, May 13, 2010,

Dotter, Earl. "Coalfield Generations: Health, Mining, and the Environment." Southern Spaces, July 16, 2008, 

Easton, Terry. "Geographies of Hope and Despair: Atlanta's African American, Latino, and White Day Laborers." Southern Spaces, December 21, 2007, 

Frederickson, Mary E. "Back to the Future: Mapping Workers Across the Global South." Southern Spaces, December 16, 2011, 

Hill, Sarah H. "Cherokee Removal Scenes: Elijay, Georgia, 1838." Southern Spaces, August 23, 2012,  

Kirpalani, Neeta and Emily Jackson. "Birth Right." Southern Spaces, January 12, 2010,

Nesbit, Scott. "Scales Intimate and Sprawling: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Geography of Marriage in Virginia." Southern Spaces, July 19, 2011, 

Tarasawa, Beth. "New Patterns of Segregation: Latino and African American Students in Metro Atlanta High Schools." Southern Spaces, January 19, 2009, 

Weber, Lynn. "No Place To Be Displaced: Katrina Response and the Deep South's Political Economy." Southern Spaces, August 17, 2012,