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

Southern Spaces General Call for Submissions

Emory University
Published August 16, 2017

Submit all inquiries and materials to Southern Spaces managing editor Madison Elkins at Submissions are especially welcome before October 15th, 2017, but will be considered on a rolling basis.

Southern Spaces, an open access, multimedia, peer-reviewed journal, invites innovative scholarship on regions, places, and cultures of the US South as well as their global connections. We encourage interdisciplinary submissions that emphasize spatial interpretation and utilize digital media.

Southern Spaces welcomes submissions that:

  • critically and creatively examine real and imagined spaces and places
  • make connections and comparisons between southern regions and/or locales and sites in the wider world
  • use textual, visual media, archival, and ethnographic materials—including artistic expressions—to address questions of spatial justice

Currently Southern Spaces seeks submissions that engage with the geographies of:

  • historical memory and memorialization
  • economic inequality and everyday precarity
  • political boundaries (redistricting, voter suppression)
  • forced migration, slavery, and human trafficking
  • racial violence, hate crimes
  • LGBTQ+ perspectives, rights, and spaces
  • demographic shifts in urban, suburban, and rural populations
  • immigration, refugees, and citizenship
  • incarceration, internment, and the carceral state
  • public health, healthcare policy and access
  • climate change and environmental history


Southern Spaces accepts submissions within seven genres of open access, multimedia scholarship:

  • Articles are long-form, interpretive, or critical pieces that incorporate multimedia (including digital scholarship) and scholarly analysis to pose an original argument or research-based claim. All Southern Spaces articles undergo peer review.
  • Reviews offer critical evaluations of recently published books, films, digital projects, music, events, and other art or scholarship related to the study of space and place.
  • Interviews are filmed or transcribed conversations with scholars, authors, artists, or others working in areas related to the study of space and place in the US or global south.
  • Photo and media essays are curated collections of original photography or other multimedia that perform critical scholarly analysis. While primarily photographic or media-based, these essays also include a writing component.
  • Short videos are five to twenty-five minutes and utilize visual—as opposed to textual or rhetorical—techniques to advance a critical argument or an aesthetic perspective. Southern Spaces frequently publishes ethnographic, documentary, and lyric videos.
  • Presentations include media associated with public scholarly presentations as well as audio or visual recordings of presenters. Such presentations include lectures, conference highlights, panels, and performances.
  • Blog posts are shorter, less formal essays or announcements of interest to the critical study of space, place, and southernness.

The following pieces provide examples of the critical, interdisciplinary, and multimedia scholarship we seek:

Submit all inquiries and materials to Southern Spaces managing editor Madison Elkins at Submissions are especially welcome before October 15th, 2017, but will be considered on a rolling basis. There is no submission fee or article processing charge. Visit our submissions page for more information. Southern Spaces does not consider previously-published work or simultaneous submissions. At the time of publication, authors may choose to retain copyright of their work or select a Creative Commons license. All publications, along with their associated media, are securely archived by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Southern Spaces also accepts print and media submissions by post at Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 30322.

Cover Image Attribution:

Compass. Photograph by Flickr user TheRem. Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.