About The Radical South

On February 24, 2016, Governor Phil Bryant declared April “Confederate History Month,” as most Mississippi governors had before him.  He chose the month “because it is important for Americans to reflect on our nation’s past, to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to a full understanding that the lessons learned yesterday and today will carry us through tomorrow if we carefully and earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us.” (source)


Governor Bryant’s invitation prompted in-depth conversations among faculty at the University of Mississippi.  These faculty were united in their desire to broaden our cultural understanding of the South to include the full complexity of the region—past, present, and future—and to stop using Confederate as a short-hand for Southern.”  The result of these conversations was the 2017 “The Radical South.  Sponsored by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, in collaboration with other departments and centers at the University of Mississippi,  “The Radical South” was an ambitious collection of lectures, roundtables, screenings, workshops, and debates.  For more on the 2017 program, please click here.


Once again, in 2018, centers, departments, and individual faculty at the University of Mississippi are collaborating on a series of debates, lectures, screenings, and roundtables on the theme “The Radical South.” From an opening “great debate” on sexual assault, through browns bag lectures and a screening of Blue Magnolia’s Bicentennial photo essays, and culminating in an “Ideas on Tap” on the topic of commemoration, The Radical South seeks to complicate conventional narratives about the South and Southern identity and expand our understanding of Southern history and Southern identity.  We invite members of the university and Oxford community to join us for a robust conversation about the South.