Geography and Genre: The Global South


Panel organizer: Gretchen J. Woertendyke, University of South Carolina


In a special issue of The Global South (5:1 March 2011), Caroline Levander and Walter Mignolo navigate the imprecise and promiscuously applied term, “global south,” by focusing on “constellations—cartography, remapping, textuality,” and by asking “under what conditions the global south becomes relevant” (3).  Methodology and mediation, then, in both textual and visual forms, reveal the ways in which geography is relational rather than fixed.  Shifting away from solid nation spaces, political sovereignty, and discrete histories onto the interconnecting circuits between them, Levander and Mignolo extend and complicate Hemispheric American Studies more broadly.  I am interested in their “dis/order[ed]” global south, in particular, for it suggests an answer to the question governing this roundtable: what is the relationship between geography and genre?  And more basically, how do we map an analytic category onto a geographic region? 

The roundtable format of this proposed session will allow for a combination of formal presentations and informal discussion among the five to six participants.  Depending on the number of participants, individual presentations should be 7-10 minutes.  Papers interested in methodologies, histories, cartographies, theories, literature, periodical culture, or visual art in, or about, the Global South are most welcome.  Those papers addressing the interrelationship between geography and genre are of particular interest, as are those focused on channels of exchange, maritime travel, regionalisms, temporality, scale, and oceanic studies of the southern hemisphere. 

Please send a 300-500 word abstract and cv to Gretchen J. Woertendyke at by Friday, September 7, 2012.