#SFAGrad: (In)Justice

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.

Meet the presenters for our final panel, “(In)Justice.”


Tuesday, September 20

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


“‘Time and space have no meaning in a canefield’: Remapping Region, Nation, and Race in Cane”

Meredith Kelling is currently a second-year doctoral candidate in English and American Literature and L.C. Harvey Fellow in American Culture Studies at Washington University in Saint Louis. Present interests include tracing sugar, sugarcane and sweetness in texts and art of the African diaspora, from the poetry of Claude McKay to Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade.


“Lesser Grades: Racial Imagery, Canned Salmon, and the Creation of Colonial Space in the American South 1890-1950”

Ross Coen is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Washington. His research focuses on race, science, and empire in early 20th-century Pacific salmon fisheries.

Grace Myers

“Urban Slavery and Diet through 1860 in Holly Springs, Mississippi”

Grace Myers is a second year cultural anthropology master’s student from the University of Mississippi. She is currently working on her thesis analyzing food, immigration, social tolerance, and cultural hybridity in a lunchtime market in Dublin, Ireland.

washieka torres

“It’s More Than Just Oranges: A Plea for the Incorporation of Economics and Disability in the Teaching of Food Studies”

Washieka Torres is a second year American Culture Studies PhD at Bowling Green State Univeristy, who studies transnational disability movements and policies with a focus on the United States and Canada. Her hopes are to one day create disabilities studies programs and departments.