Southern Hospitality


Decoding Southern Culture and Hospitality, special issue of Intl J Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research edited by Carol M. Megehee and Deborah F. Spake; Deadline 12 Mar 2007

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Call for Papers: Deadline 12 March 2007


International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

Objectives.  This special issue of International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research (IJCTHR) will be devoted to research on culture, tourism and hospitality in the U.S. Southern States. All Southern-relevant culture and tourism-related topics are welcome. Southern culture, and in particular Southern hospitality, has a long tradition as a driving force in tourism and distinguishing this region from other areas of the United States.  Tourism in the South is multi-faceted and includes destination-based, ritual-based, heritage-based, and experiential-based attractions.  This IJCTHR Special Issue on Decoding Southern Culture and Hospitality is to serve as an invaluable source of cultural and tourism knowledge/insights relating to the U.S. South.  This special issue of IJCTHR will be published in 2008. March 12, 2007 is the deadline for submissions.

Possible topics include the following subjects (and others that you might suggest):

  • African-American travel in the South before and/or after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Southern rituals of courtship, marriage or death
  • New South versus Old South: The vanishing traditions of the South
  • Southern hospitality: Real or imagined
  • Understanding religion and community social life in the South
  • Back road trips through the Southern states
  • Cajun life and culture
  • An interpretive photo essay of a Southern family gathering or travel
  • Latin-American life in the U.S. South
  • Southern beauty pageants or the making of a Southern belle
  • Mardi Gras and other Southern rituals
  • Southern language and culture
  • Heritage-based Southern tourism
  • Southern stereotypes and icons
  • Southern lifestyle and self-image: What you eat, what you wear, and what you own.

Editorial scope.  The International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research focuses on building bridges in theory, research, and practice across the fields of culture, tourism, and hospitality.  The journal has an interdisciplinary mission to replace silo-thinking research paradigms.  International in scope and grounded in theory-into-practice, the journal provides breadth, depth, provocation and passion in reporting the nuances of humans’ lived experiences relating to culture, tourism and hospitality.  Co-Editors of the special issue:  Carol M. Megehee, Division of Business, Spring Hill College ( and Deborah F. Spake, Mitchell College of Business, University of South Alabama ( 

Manuscript requirements

  • Manuscripts should be created using Microsoft Word and submitted as an e-mail attachment to both Carol M. Megehee and Deborah F. Spake on or before March 12, 2007
  • Include all authors and their full addresses on the cover page; include a separate abstract page
  • Article length should be limited to 20 text pages, not counting the cover page, abstract and reference pages
  • A brief autobiographical note should be supplied, including full name, affiliation, e-mail address, and full international contact details for all authors
  • A structured abstract must be supplied and should be set out under 4-6 sub-headings: Purpose; Method/Approach; Findings; Research Limitations/Implications (if applicable); Practical Implications (if applicable); and, the Originality/Value of Paper. Maximum is 250 words. For more information and guidance on structured abstracts visit:
  • Six keywords on the abstract page should be provided which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper
  • Submissions must be in American-English–please have a native or near-native American-English speaker review document before submission
  • Send one WORD file attachment of the complete manuscript (send one additional file of exhibits in POWERPOINT if appropriate for the manuscript). 

Copyright.  Articles submitted to the journal should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. 

Emerald Literati Editing Service.  The Literati Club can recommend the services of a number of freelance copy editors (all copy editors are experienced authors) to contributors who wish to improve the standard of English in their paper before submission. This service is particularly useful for those whose first language is not English. Please see the link ( for more information.