#SFAGrad: Place & Identity

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.

Get to know the presenters for our second panel on place and identity in Southern foodways.

Place & Identity

Monday, September 19

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


“Culinary Tourism in Bardstown, Kentucky: Increasing Markets and Moving Forward”

Dani Willcutt is a Master’s candidate in Gastronomy at Boston University with a certificate in Economic Development via Tourism Management. Her research focuses on southern cuisine, the bourbon industry and developing tourism around these cultural products.


“Gastrodiplomacy and Southern Mythmaking: The Case of Summerville, South Carolina”

Lauren Veline is a second-year Southern Studies graduate student at the University of Mississippi. Her current research project examines the symbolic annihilation of LGB identities in country music.


“Hot Dogs, Peanuts, and Jambalaya: The Role of Southern Identity in Food Consumption at Sporting Events”

Mark Slavich is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Sport Leadership department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He studies food in sports, with this project investigating the role of identity and nostalgia in Southern baseball concessions consumption.