bells hooks: A Critical Companion
"Temporality in African Diaspora Literature and Culture" – A Proposed
MLA – December 27-30, 2006 – Philadelphia
2006 Film and History League Conference
"The Documentary Tradition" Dallas 8-12 November, 2006
AREA: African American Documentary
The relationship of racialized communities to the cinema has been a
contentious one - in all realms, including the non-fiction film. From
early ethnographic films to more recent representations, constructions of
African Americans in documentary have remained problematic - not only in
terms of depictions, but access to production, distribution, and exhibition.
Update: African American Review is giving us a little more space and time.
Please note the later deadline and higher word limit.
The Nellie Tree: Reflections on the Life of Nellie Y. McKay
Recently, one of the central figures in African-American and Black Women¹s
literary studies, Nellie Y. McKay, passed away. Over the course of her
nearly forty years as an academic, she was one of the premier champions of
African-American literature, particularly the role of its women, as part of
the American canon.
"African American Literature and the Law" – A Proposed MLA Special Session
Masks and Passing in African American Literature
Panel Chair: Valerie B. McKee
Call for Papers on Masks and Passing in African American Literature
for the seventh annual graduate English conference entitled
"Encountering the Text: Reading, Teaching, Theorizing, and Writing" at
Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT on Saturday,
April 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, interpretations of
literary texts regarding themes of "passing," and the character type of the "tragic mulatto."
Panels will be one and a half hours long. Presentations will be 15 –
20 minutes long (papers should be 6 – 8 pages in length). A proposal
Businesswomen in Ethnic American Fiction
For a proposed special session at the MLA, we are looking for papers that
address the figure of the businesswoman or female entrepreneur in ethnic
American fiction. Recent historical scholarship has emphasized the ways that
African American and immigrant women have contributed to the development of
fashion, beauty, and other industries from the turn of the century onward.
This panel will examine how such women are depicted in ethnic American
Please send a brief abstract and c.v. to Lori Harrison-Kahan at
harris8_at_fas.harvard.edu by March 24, 2006.
Intersections of race and textual scholarship: drawing on what James
Weldon Johnson termed the "dilemma" of the "double audience," this panel
will investigate the ways in which textual and African Americanist
scholarship inform each other. Papers might explore such topics as:
decisions concerning the presentation of particular texts;
authenticating paratexts for slave and other narratives; book-form
republication of works previously published in serial form only for
black-owned periodicals; issues of archival preservation; questions of
canonization; "packaging" and repackaging of "Negro-authored" texts;
dissemination of texts that originally had a strong performative
Location change from Ft. Worth to Dallas Tx
South Central Modern Literature Association in Dallas, Tx October 26-28-2006.
Call for Papers for African/African American Literature Panel at SCMLA
Abstracts of 50-100 words
Theme: Rounding up the Strays: Characters and Authors who Wander from the Mainstream
Submit to: Holly Staves stavesh_at_nsula.edu
Juluette Bartlett-Pack jfbpack_at_yahoo.com
Location change from Ft. Worth to Dallas, Tx;
Call for papers for Women of Color Panel at South Central Modern Language Association to be held in Dallas, Texas October 26-28, 2006. Abstracts of 50-100 words due March 22, 2006.
Theme: Coloring the Landscape: Women of Color Changing the Mainstream Culture.
Submit to: Juluette Bartlett-Pack jfbpack_at_yahoo.com;