Southern Spaces

Project Overview

Southern Spaces is a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open access journal published in collaboration with the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University.

The journal publishes articles, photo essays, reviews, interviews, presentations, and short videos about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South as well as their global connections. Its audience includes researchers, teachers, students, library patrons, and interested readers.

Southern Spaces publishes work that analyzes many "souths" and southern regions, offers critical scrutiny of a monolithic "South," interrogates historical developments and geographies over time, and maps expressive cultural forms associated with place and space. We welcome submissions from scholars, photographers, journalists, and artists in areas such as geography, southern studies, regional studies, women's studies, LGBTQ studies, critical health studies, African American studies, Indigenous studies, and American studies.

Project Highlights

Emory Partners

Library and Information Technology Services (LITS)

Robert W. Woodruff Library

Funding Emory University
Project Contacts Southern Spaces website | Senior Editor email

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Key Contributions

ECDS projects advance Emory University's mission through research, pedagogy, publishing, and public scholarship.


As an online journal, Southern Spaces facilitates new ways of organizing and presenting research. It archives all publication materials through the digital programs and systems of Robert W. Woodruff Library and is committed to providing a stable digital presence for content. Authors retain copyright of the content they produce with limited rights granted to Southern Spaces.


The editorial staff includes graduate students, providing hands-on learning with a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal.


The journal models open access, peer-reviewed digital publishing.

Public Scholarship

Southern Spaces is freely available to individuals and institutions. Members of the editorial board oversee a rigorous peer-review process and help set standards that ensure the quality of the journal.