The New Global South Summit

Global South Summit at USC UpstateThe New Global South Summit at USC Upstate brings together students, faculty, staff, and the Upstate community to explore and celebrate the important ways that our local lives intersect with the wider world. Our Upstate region is becoming increasingly global through a booming international economy, global cultural exchanges, demographic changes, and growth in many ways. USC Upstate is committed to preparing students to participate as responsible citizens in a diverse, global and knowledge-based society by increasing students’ awareness of global perspectives and partnerships with the education, corporate and service organizations of the Upstate.

The Annual New Global South Summit event highlights the work of scholars from a variety of disciplines, languages, and global experiences to bring the world into our own backyard. Find out more about our inaugural conference in an article from The State

  • “The New Global South Summit: Gender, Power, and the Ethics of Aid”

    Monday, March 4, 2019: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center Ballroom (CLC 310)

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Meena Khandelwal “India's Simple Chulha and Our Big Questions”

    Photo portrait of Dr. Meena KhandelwalMeena Khandelwal is an associate professor of anthropology and of gender, women's, and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa.Best known for her pioneering research on female Hindu monasticism, Khandelwal authored the book “Women in Ochre Robes” and co-edited “Women’s Renunciation in South Asia.” Her essays have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. A feminist anthropologist with broad expertise, Khandelwal is currently researching ways of replacing biofuel cook stoves in India with more advanced technologies, such as solar cookers. In the spring of 2017, Khandelwal, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, received the inaugural International Engagement Teaching Award co-sponsored by the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and International Programs.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Chau Johnsen Kelly “'If I count them today, the tomorrow some of them may die': Famines, Cecily D. Williams, and the Construction of Maternal and Child Health”

    Photo portrait of Dr. Chau Johnsen KellyDr. Chau Johnsen Kelly serves as an associate professor of history at the University of North Florida. Kelly’s work focuses on the intersections of global health, development, and imperialism in East Africa and other areas surrounding the Indian Ocean. Her writings have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and other publications, and Kelly is currently working on two book projects that focus on development,colonial medicine, and human nutrition. Kelly earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.


    Dr. Nicole Richardson, Assistant Professor of East Asian History


    Dr. Catherine G. Canino, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program


    Dr. Renu Pariyadath

    Committee Chair

    Dr. Renu Pariyadath, assistant professor in communication, was born in the state of Kerala in India and grew up in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Being a member of the Indian diaspora herself, Renu researches the role of Indian migrants in organizing around and campaigning for transnational social- and environmental justice. Her doctoral and current research projects included ethnographic fieldwork in India and the US. She is an advocate for a three-decade-old ongoing campaign for environmental justice in India and often involves her students in projects that serve this survivor-led movement.

      Dr. Catherine Canino

    Dr. Cathy Canino, professor of English, grew up and was educated in the diversity of Southern California, and was always interested in other cultures and languages. She has been traveling abroad since college and finds travel to be a transformative experience. When she began teaching at USC Upstate, she wanted to share that experience with her students and began organizing yearly trips to Europe, which were very successful. Now, as director of the Honors Program at USC Upstate, she has made international travel and global engagement the core of the Honors Program. 

    photo portrait Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

    Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche

    Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche is an associate professor of modern languages and the assistant chair for world languages in the Division of Languages, Literature and Composition at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She has a BA from UCLA and MA & PhD from the University of California Berkeley. She is the Past-President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. A native of Mexico, she has lived, researched and taught in several countries and speaks four languages. She serves on the Hispanic Alliance Leadership/Steering Committee of Spartanburg and served on the Inclusion Council for the local Chamber of Commerce. Her students tutored female and male inmates for an award-winning service learning program, Operation Educate. In 2018 she is co-teaching again a service learning, honors, and interdisciplinary course with a criminal justice professor, Dr. Hauptman, on Global Migration. She teaches technology-intensive courses. She publishes on service learning, Active Learning, translation studies, existentialism and Mediterranean Studies; she also explores the intersections of colonialism and world wars in the works of French, Italian and North African writers.

    photo portrait of Dr. Celena Kusch Dr. Celena Kusch

    Dr. Celena Kusch serves as chair of the Division of Languages, Literature, and Composition at USC Upstate. As an associate professor of American literature, her research focuses on transnational modernist women writers and the impact of cross-cultural contact with colonies and postcolonial independence movements on culture, art, identity, and life in the cities at the center of global empires. Her publications and presentations focus on the relationships between American and European modernist writers and the people, cultures, and literature of Egypt, South Africa, Jamaica, and India. She regularly teaches courses in postcolonial literature, multiethnic American literature, and American immigrant literature. 

      Dr. Alexander Lorenz

    Dr. Alexander Lorenz is an Assistant Professor of German at the University of South Carolina Upstate. His research in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition focuses on the effects of socioeconomic backgrounds on language learning experiences and student learning outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Lorenz investigates how international migration introduces new dialects and changes existing languages in and outside the German-speaking world.

    Dr. Lorenz teaches all levels of German at USC Upstate. Many of his upper-level classes focus on historical and contemporary migration issues, German-American relations, and multicultural studies.

      Dr. Nicole Richardson

    Dr. Nicole Richardson is an assistant professor of East Asian history with a focus on Chinese history and women's and gender studies. Dr. Richardson has held research fellowships in Asia and will serve as conference chair for the 2019 New Global South Summit.

      Dr. Alex Tepperman

    Dr. Alex Tepperman is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at USC Upstate. His research focuses on the history of the prison, employing microhistorical, ethnographic, and anthropological techniques in his attempts to understand the lived experiences of incarcerated populations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Tepperman is also working with the USC Upstate library on a special collection focused on the Muslim and Jewish experience in hte Carolinas.

    In the classroom, Dr. Tepperman regularly teaches courses on the global history of imprisonment, criminological theory, and qualitative methodology.