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CFP: [African-American] African American Children's literature MLA special session

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 11:57pm
myisha priest

The study of African American children's literature resides at the
intersection of many disciplines-- African American literature and
children's literature of course, but also cultural studies, studies of
gender and sexuality, American history, popular culture, and more. This
rich and fruitful interdisciplinarity makes for an innovative and exciting
field that, because it has not been claimed by any one field, is often left
out of critical conversations altogether.
   I'm seeking others interested in participating in a special session on
African American children's literature at the 2008 MLA. Please contact me
with your expressions of interest and/or proposals by March 25 at
mpriest_at_scu.edu.

CFP: [African-American] Langston Hughes reference book (no deadline; book)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 7:51pm
Jeff Soloway

Facts On File, a New York publisher of reference books for schools and
libraries, is seeking a scholar to write a one-volume reference book on
Langston Hughes, focusing on critical analysis of his works. The ideal
author will have a Ph.D., broad knowledge of Hughes's life and works, and
an ability to write clearly and succinctly for students in both high
school and college. This large project (250,000-300,000 words) must be
completed within two years. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines will be
required. If interested please send letter and cv, preferably by e-mail, to

CFP: [African-American] Hip-Hop Around the World (Collection, 4/15)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 4:34pm
George Ciccariello-Maher

(Proposals due April 15th, 2008)

Call for contributors for Hip Hop Around the World: An Encyclopedia, a
two-volume reference set under contract with Greenwood Press. This
collection will consist of 10,000-word essays on the most important hip hop
scenes around the world. I am currently seeking contributors interested in
writing chapters on the following countries and themes:

* North America
1. Aztlan/Chicano
2. Mexico
3. Native (North) America

* The Caribbean
4. Puerto Rico
5. Haiti
6. Cuba
7. Dominican Republic

* Europe
8. The U.K.
9. France
10. Germany
11. Italy

CFP: [African-American] Roundtable: Modernist Anthologies (4/30/08; MSAX 11/13-11/16/08)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 3:13am
Sarah Kerman

Anthologies bring together disparate texts under one title, theme, or
rubric, implicitly arguing in favor of juxtaposition (or “aesthetic
interaction,” as this year’s theme calls for) as a preferred literary mode.
The anthology is often cited as a mechanism of canonization, for it
declares its unique selection of texts both necessary and sufficient for
its declared purpose, whatever that might be. Less frequently discussed,
however, are the historically situated editorial judgments that, by
including or excluding, categorizing, excerpting, abridging, or footnoting
modernist texts, turned the genre of the anthology to their own more or

CFP: [African-American] Hauntings: Spectres, Spectrality and Spectatorship

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 2:43am
Deirdre Linkiewicz

Philament, the peer-reviewed online journal of the arts and culture
affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites postgraduate scholars
to contribute articles, ficto-criticism, reviews, and opinions for a
special issue produced in conjunction with the convenors of UNSW’s School
of English, Media and Performing Arts Symposium. Revised papers from the
Symposium as well as new submissions are encouraged. Possible themes
include but are not limited to:

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