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Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Our mission is to investigate, document, interpret, and teach about the American South through an interdisciplinary approach that reveals the cultural, historical, geographic, and demographic complexity of the region. Central to this mission is the work of our two institutes, the Southern Foodways Alliance and Media and Documentary Projects.

This Tumblr features documentary work (film, photography, and oral history) by Center students and faculty.

An introduction to Documentary Projects.

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens of the University of Mississippi History Department interviews Dr. Walter Johnson, the 2013 Gilder-Jordan Lecturer in Southern History.  Dr. Johnson is Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies Harvard University.

The interview, recorded on September 18, 2013, concerns Johnson’s scholarship on slavery, specifically his book Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market, and the recently published River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom.

Holly Springs Musicians by Southern Studies graduate student Leslie Hassel.
This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.
Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Holly Springs Musicians by Southern Studies graduate student Leslie Hassel.

This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.

Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Oxford Student Artists by University of Mississippi student photographer Mary Kate Keappler.
This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.
Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Oxford Student Artists by University of Mississippi student photographer Mary Kate Keappler.

This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.

Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Merigold Diners by University of Mississippi student photographer Austin McAfee.
This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.
Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Merigold Diners by University of Mississippi student photographer Austin McAfee.

This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.

Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Gardners by University of Mississippi Student Photographer Daniel Russell.
This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.
Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Gardners by University of Mississippi Student Photographer Daniel Russell.

This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.

Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Clarksdale Family by University of Mississippi student photographer Ethan Booker.
This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.
Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Clarksdale Family by University of Mississippi student photographer Ethan Booker.

This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.

Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Alluvian Hotel Lobby by Rachael Walker, Southern Studies Graduate Student
(painting by William Dunlap)
This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.
Click here for more info about the exhibit.

Alluvian Hotel Lobby by Rachael Walker, Southern Studies Graduate Student

(painting by William Dunlap)

This photo is part of a student documentary photography exhibit entitled “Making Space, Living in Place: Physical, Cultural, and Social Landscapes of North Mississippi.”  The exhibit, in the Gammill Gallery of Barnard Observatory, opens with a reception at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 29.

Click here for more info about the exhibit.

2nd year SST grad students Paige Prather and Kate Hudson have spent their summer in Tutwiler, MS, doing documentary work for their theses while teaching a writing and photography class for children at the Tutwiler Community Education Center.  We’ll have more on Paige and Kate’s work in the Delta soon!

2nd year SST grad students Paige Prather and Kate Hudson have spent their summer in Tutwiler, MS, doing documentary work for their theses while teaching a writing and photography class for children at the Tutwiler Community Education Center.  We’ll have more on Paige and Kate’s work in the Delta soon!

Joe York investigates poke sallet in this new short film for the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Click here for more SFA film bites.

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