New Orleans as Subject: Beyond Authenticity and Exceptionalism

September 18-20, 2014
Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana

This conference is free and open to the public, but attendees are expected to read the papers in advance. Contact Thomas Adams to receive access to the papers and be a part of the conversation.

Thomas Adams
University of Sydney

Matt Sakakeeny
Tulane University


NOLA-as-SubjectNew Orleans as Subject: Beyond Authenticity and Exceptionalism

September 18-20, 2014 at Tulane University in New Orleans

An international conference bringing together leading international scholars to question what lies beyond New Orleans’ exceptional history and authentic culture.

Keynote address by Adolph Reed, Jr.
of the University of Pennsylvania:
“The Myth of Authenticity and its Impact on Politics
—in New Orleans and Beyond”
Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
Tulane’s Kendall Cram Auditorium in the LBC
Reception to follow

Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has witnessed an outpouring of scholarly interest across the social sciences and humanities. Much of this scholarship has opened up new lines of analysis regarding the city and its place in broader regional, national, and international contexts. At the same time, writing and research about New Orleans continues to romanticize the city as exceptional. In many accounts, New Orleans appears as an autonomous and ahistorical zone populated solely by unique social formations and authentic cultures, isolated from other postindustrial cities. This conference brings together scholars in anthropology, English, history, media studies, and political science to situate studies of New Orleans within larger global patterns and cross-cultural comparisons.



Sponsored by New Orleans Center for Gulf South Studies, with support from Office of Academic Affairs, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb College Institute, Department of Music, Department of Political Science, and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000