#SFAGrad: Harvested and Distilled

The Southern Foodways Alliance, along with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, will host our fourth annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, September 19-20. Attendance is free and open to the public.

In keeping with our 2016 theme of the Cornfed South, we’ll kick off the conference with a corn-centric panel.

Corn: Harvested and Distilled

Monday, September 19

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

 Jen Bailey

“Moonshine: Lawless to Legal”

Jennifer Bailey is an M.L.A. candidate in Gastronomy with an emphasis in food history and culture at Boston University. Prior to moving to Boston, Jennifer spent the previous six years as a Midwestern transplant to the South.


“The Corn-Sauced South: Colonial Commodity and Modern Mixology”

Whitney Lhotsky is a Masters candidate in the Food Studies program at New York University. This fall she will continue her cocktail culture research while supporting every speakeasy in the city. Whitney will present “The Corn-Sauced South: colonial Commodity and Modern Mixology.”

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“The Soybean South: Land, Labor, and Corn Agriculture in the South After 1945”

Ben Davison is a PhD Candidate in American History at the University of Virginia. He is currently writing a history of the supermarket industry. He presents his paper, “The Soybean South: Land, Labor, and Corn Agriculture in the South after 1945,” in his second year as a conference participant.


Metate and Log Mortar: Corn and Other Foods in the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Louisiana”

Robert Caldwell, Jr. is a PhD candidate in the Transatlantic History Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is enrolled in the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb and a founder of the Ho Minti Society, a group dedicated to teaching the tribe’s traditional culture. Robert will present “Metate and Log Mortar: Corn and Other Foods in Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Louisiana.”

Cover photo by Graham Hoppe.