Speculating on the South Conference – 6-8th November 2007


Harry Harrison will be participating in the Speculating on the South Conference, being held at the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence on the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill campus, in North Carolina, USA.  The full title of the event is: Speculating on the South: Reimagining the Historical South through Scholarship and Art, and it is being organised by the Institute of African American Research.

Here’s the blurb from the conference website:

The Speculating on the South conference will feature works of art that ‘speculate’ on – or present alternate histories about – the American South. In general, speculative art tests various hypotheses within experimental, creative mediums to proffer plausible but different results of past events. Among other activities, conference participants will examine fiction and non-fiction that conjectures on what would have happened if the South had won the Civil War. The conference will also highlight other counter-historical art works (film, visual art, music) that re-imagine American History, the plight of African Americans, the institution of slavery, and human evolution, generally.”

Harry Harrison’s own works related to these themes include the Stars & Stripes trilogy, the novel Rebel in Time, and the short story “Mute Milton.”

The conference website is at: http://www.unc.edu/iaar/spec/   

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