Oct. 9, 2009
Southern Spaces Blazes New Trails in Digital Scholarship
One minute, you’re clicking away with your mouse while sitting in front of your computer.
The next, you’re strolling past the tombstones in Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery, noticing the cityscape just beyond the weathered graves. Standing beside the track as stock cars churn up a cloud of red dust at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock. Or watching poet Sean Hill, of Stanford University, read from his debut collection, “Blood Ties & Brown Liquor,” in his hometown of Milledgeville.
And you’ve just barely sampled a few of the Georgia-based selections from Southern Spaces, a multimedia, open access, interdisciplinary digital journal that showcases innovative scholarship exploring the U.S. South, its regions, landmarks, culture, stories or myths.
“Five years is pretty good for a digital journal,” says associate professor of American Studies Allen Tullos, who co-founded Southern Spaces, one of the first digital academic journals based at Emory, in 2004 and remains its senior editor. “Everybody has to find their niche. Ours is places and spaces, real and imagined, in the section of the U.S. called the South.”