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CFP: [African-American] âRichard Wright at 100â - International Conference -11/28/08-Portugal

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 3:11pm
Paula Mesquita

To commemorate Richard Wright’s Centennial, the Department of Letters at
the University of Beira Interior, Portugal will host an international
conference on 28 November 2008. The editorial board is asking all those
interested in participating as speakers to send an email to as soon as possible. 250-word abstracts must to be
submitted by 15 July 2008, to the same email address. The invited keynote
speaker is Professor Maria Isabel Caldeira, renowned Afro-American
literature specialist from the University of Coimbra. The Department
encourages diversified approaches to Wright’s work (fiction and poetry)
and life. Completed papers must be sent to the same email address by 15

UPDATE: [African-American] MSAX: Modernism, Border Crossing and Border Dwellers

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 6:15pm
Daniel R. Bell

This panel seeks to address Modernisms attention on and intention with
borders. Borders here are problematically being thought of in broad
terms ranging from spacial, geographical, and national borders, but also
in various identitarian contexts like race, sex, gender, and class. Of
particular interest to this panel is how the 1990s moment, with the rise
of academic cultural studies and publications such as Judith Butler’s
Gender Trouble, David Hollinger’s Post Ethnic America, and Michael
Awkwards, Negotiation Difference, places attention on borders in a
variety of context and exemplifies through discursive practice the
usefulness and subversiveness of “border crossing”.

CFP: [African-American] submissions

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 10:11pm
Barbara Szubinska

StoryTelling is seeking submission for its fall edition. StoryTelling is
dedicated to analyses of popular narrative in the widest sense of the
phrase and as evidenced in the media and all aspects of culture.
Manuscripts should: see the narrative as a reflection of culture; use
theory to analyze the work, not work to illustrate theory; employ
scholarship; and be written for the general audience. The editors are
especially interested in visual accompaniments, bibliographies, and
interviews with creators of popular narratives. No limits on period or
country covered. No creative writing.

All articles are peer-reviewed
StoryTelling is indexed in the MLA database

CFP: [African-American] "The Body: Images, Perceptions, and Representations

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 9:09pm
Emily Brackman

The English Graduate Organization of Western Illinois University invites
submissions to our fifth annual conference, “The Body: Images,
Perceptions, and Representations.” The human body is a topic of both
significance and curiosity amongst various disciplines and discourse
communities. In history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, rhetoric and
literature, the body serves as a symbol, metaphor, and inspiration for
many larger aspects of human nature. For this reason, we will be hosting
our annual conference November 8, 2008 to consider the roles of the body
in literature and the overall fascination with the human form. Our
keynote speaker will be Martha Stoddard Holmes, Assistant Professor and

CFP: [African-American] Women's Writing and Voodoo 5/30/2008 (proposals) 7/30/2008 (final)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 6:20pm
Kimberly A. Wells

Women Writers seeks scholarly essays for a Special Issue on any aspect of
Women's Writing and Voodoo. The special issue will be published in the
August 2008 online, peer-reviewed journal Women Writers: A Zine,
available at .

The electronic journal is in its tenth year of continuous bi-annual
publication. Original poetry, creative fiction, and/or artwork will also
be considered for publication.

Please see the website for past special issues as well as "regular"
submissions at:

UPDATE: [African-American] Female Academic Superstardom (2008 M/MLA)

Monday, April 7, 2008 - 3:32pm
(no email)

We have extended our deadline to April 30th, 2008!

The Women's Caucus for the Midwest Modern Languages Association is
inviting 250-word abstracts for a panel entitled "Female Academic
Superstardom." The 50th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language
Association will take place on November 13-16, 2008 in Minneapolis,

This panel will explore female academic superstardom from a variety of
perspectives. Successful abstracts might address one or more of the
following questions:

How does a critic or theorist become an "academostar," a term used to
describe a high-profile academic in a 2001 special issue of The Minnesota
Review devoted to academic superstardom?