Southern Spaces is a peer-reviewed, online journal published out of Emory Libraries exploring the real and imagined places of the American South and their connections with the wider world.  

Recent interdisciplinary, multimedia publications from this journal include:

“Changing Atlanta”

"Changing Atlanta" is an ongoing collection of Southern Spaces' interdisciplinary, multimedia publications exploring the Atlanta metropolitan region. Pieces in this series interpret sites of cultural significance, as well as spatial imaginaries, engaging such topics as racial segregation, immigration, urban sprawl, biography, neighborhood creation, and popular representations of Atlanta.

Published: 19 January 2010


“Birth Right”

Neeta Kirpalani and Emily Jackson, University of Alabama at Birmingham

In their video and accompanying short essay, Neeta Kirpalani and Emily Jackson investigate the state of midwifery in Alabama. Through interviews with public health professionals, physicians, parents, and nurse midwives and archival images, they detail the impact of recent legislation on midwives, families, and healthcare.

Published: 12 January 2010


“Ten Dollars and a Bus Ticket”

Ben Harmon and Catalina McCormick, University of Alabama


In 2009, Shannon Brockman was one of thirteen thousand people released from prison in Alabama. This video offers a glimpse of Brockman's experience at the Foundry, a re-entry facility in Bessemer.

Published: 16 December 2009


“Bodies and Souls”

Christie Herring, Independent Filmmaker


“Bodies and Souls” illuminates the quiet efforts of Sister Manette Durand, a white Catholic nun running the only health clinic in rural Jonestown, Mississippi. The residents of Jonestown, a largely African American town in the heart of the Delta, share a condition faced by low income, rural Americans struggling to obtain basic medical care. The video follows Sister Manette through her daily challenge of providing the only health care services this community has seen in the last fifteen years.

Published: 30 November 2009


“A Sleight of History: University of Alabama’s Foster Auditorium”

Sarah Melton, Emory University


In her short film and supporting essay, Sarah Melton explores issues of historical memory and memorialization in the U.S. South through the site of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama. On June 11, 1963, African American students James Hood and Vivian Malone successfully desegregated the University by registering at Foster Auditorium in spite of George Wallace's famous "stand in the schoolhouse door." Today, the building is not in use and little effort has been made to memorialize the events of June 1963.

Published: 15 October 2009


“Prop Master at Charleston’s Gibbes Museum of Art”

Susan Harbage Page and Juan Logan Page, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina presented the exhibition Prop Master: An Installation in the museum's Main Gallery from April 3 through July 19, 2009. This site-specific, large-scale installation created exclusively for the Gibbes drew materials from the museum's permanent collection of portraits, landscape paintings, and archives, begun over 150 years ago. This online presentation of Prop Master (with original wall text by Dr. Laurel Frederickson) reveals how artists Susan Harbage Page and Juan Logan juxtaposed art objects drawn from the Gibbes' collection and decorative art objects from local public and private collections with works of their own creation. In doing so, they investigate the role of the institution of the museum as both a prop master and a prop with regard to race, class, and gender relations in historic Charleston society.

Published: 21 September 2009