Conference: Radical Print Cultures in the US South

An interdisciplinary one-day conference in association with the School of History and the Centre for the Comparative History of Print.


The conference will be hybrid. It will consist of a keynote lecture, and panels comprising 20-minute papers.

Cost and registration

Standard in-person registration (includes lunch and refreshments): £35

PGR in-person registration (includes lunch and refreshments): £20

Standard online registration: £15

PGR online registration: £5

Please register online, using the University of Leeds online store.


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09.00 – 09:25

  • Registration and refreshments

09:25 – 09:30

  • Sian Round and Amanda Stafford – Welcome

09:30 – 10:55 Panel One: Networks and Demographics

Chair: Simon Hall (University of Leeds)

  • Michaël Roy (Université Paris Nanterre) - “We have most cheering intelligence from Virginia and Maryland, of the demand for anti-slavery publications”: Abolitionist Print Culture in the Antebellum South
  • Samuel Burry (University of Oxford) - “Brown v. Board in Shanghai”: Derrick Bell, Maoist China, and the global contexts of the civil rights movement
  • Sian Round (Cardiff University) - Lillian Smith, South Today, and Magazine Networks


  • Presentation on engagement activities by Sian Round and Amanda Stafford

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 13:00 Panel Two: Digital Approaches to Southern Print

Chair: Amanda Stafford (University of Leeds)

  • Ridhima Narayan (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology) - Digital Artivism and International Solidarity in the US South: A Focus on Black Lives Matter
  • Miguel Hernández (Aberystwyth University) - Digital Dissent: Examining Reveal Digital’s Impact on the Scholarly Landscape of the American South
  • Thomas Aiello (Valdosta State University) - The Scott Newspaper Syndicate and the Demography of the Great Migration

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel Three: Spaces and Voices: Radical Southern Journalism

Chair: Kate Dossett (University of Leeds)

  • E. James West (University College London) - Building the Planet: Race, Space, and Design at the Richmond Planet
  • Mark Joseph Walmsley (University of East Anglia) - Race Beat Radicals?: Examining the approach of race beat journalists to militancy within the Southern Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s
  • Dulcey Bishop Hunter (University of South Florida) - America’s Unwritten Law: Examining the Radical Voice of Ida B. Wells in “Lynch Law in America”

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 16:00

  • Talk from Professor Jonathan Daniel Wells (University of Michigan), co-editor of the University of Georgia Press Special Series Print Culture in the South

16:00 – 17:20 Keynote

  • Distinguished Professor Sharon Monteith (Nottingham Trent University) - What print culture reveals about the radical ideas and imaginations of a civil rights movement lawyer and an independent journalist.

17:20 – 17:30

  • Closing comments from organisers

17:30 Conference ends

18:00 Conference dinner

Keynote lecture

Distinguished Professor Sharon Monteith (Nottingham Trent University) will deliver the keynote lecture.

Professor Monteith is the author of SNCC’s Stories: The African American Freedom Movement in the Civil Rights South (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2020).

Read more about her book on the University of Georgia Press website.

The story behind the conference poster

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Our conference poster brings together academic research, grassroots printmaking, and emerging talent in art and design. Find out more on the news page.


This conference is supported by the British Association for American Studies and the Bibliographic Society.

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