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Monday, October 8, 2007 - 10:39pm
La Vinia Delois Jennings

ZORA NEALE HURSTON AND VOODOO. The best of new scholarship and the most
influential older essays are sought for a collection devoted to Zora
Neale Hurston's subversion in _Their Eyes Were Watching God_ of any
aspect of Voodoo/Voudoun practices, beliefs, treatments of the loa, and
so on traceable to Haiti and traditional West Africa. Articles should be
prepared in MLA style and should not exceed 8,000 words in length. The
word count includes notes but not the works-cited list. Send two copies
of essays and 1-page vitae to La Vinia Delois Jennings, Dept. of English,
301 McClung Tower, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville 37996. Direct inquires

UPDATE: [African-American] Icons of African American Literature

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 9:00pm
Yolanda Williams Page

The editor of Icons of African American Literature is seeking
contributors to pen unassigned entries. Entries for which writers are
being sought are:
1. Angelou, Maya (15,000 words)
2. Baldwin, James (15,000 words)
3. Blues Aesthetic (10,000 words)
4. Color Purple, The (10,000 words)
5. Ellison, Ralph (15,000 words)
6. Langston Hughes (15,000 words)
7. Hurston, Zora Neale (15,000 words)
8. Signifying (10,000 words)
9. Up from Slavery (10,000 words)
10. Wilson , August (15,000 words)

Scholars interested in writing one of the entries should send an email
indicating their, first, second and third choice to

CFP: [African-American] Transgressing the Canon: Giving Literary Credence to the Pulp (Grad Panel, 10/15/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08)

Monday, October 1, 2007 - 5:21pm
Want Chyi

Stephen King is one author that has been accused of transgressing the
canon. Is this a fair accusation? What other authors have been said to
commit this violation, and to what end? What are the consequences to the
literary community when standardization is applied to art and
communication? What are the implications of graphic novels and other
genres entering into academic criticism? This panel seeks critical and
creative presentations that explore these questions.

CFP: [African-American] Houston and Miami Hip Hop

Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 9:31pm
Dr. Mickey Hess

Represent Where I'm From: The Greenwood Guide to American Regional Hip Hop
(Essays due June 15, 2008).

Call for Contributors: I am seeking contributors for The Greenwood Guide
to American Regional Hip Hop, a two-volume reference set under contract
with Greenwood Press. This collection will consist of 10,000-word essays
on the most important regional hip hop scenes in the US. The collection
is well underway, with several contributors signed. My greatest needs are
Miami and Houston, but here is the full list of areas not yet signed:

CFP: [African-American] Langston Hughes: Authenticity, Performance, and the Voice (12/1/07; ALA 08)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 9:27pm
Scarlett Higgins

Panel--Langston Hughes: Authenticity, Performance, and the Voice

American Literature Association
Memorial Day Weekend 2008
Hyatt Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

Authenticity as a concept first attained prominence in literary studies
during the 1960s along with the rise of so-called confessional poetry and
anti-war protest poetry. Since then, the idea that literature should
accurately represent the writer’s experiences and views, in fact should
represent his or her own voice on the page, has remained largely dominant
despite some notable detractors.

CFP: [African-American] Call for Papers: African Youth in America and Africa

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 10:23pm
Erin Stiles


California State University, Sacramento
The college of Health & Human Services
The Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution
The Pan African Studies Program
The 17th Annual African/Diaspora Conference

African Youth in America & Africa: Bridging the Gaps

To be held at California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento,
California, USA
May 1 - 3, 2008

CFP: [African-American] Specs: Sympathetic Interfaces between Creative/Critical Practices (journal)

Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 2:57am
Vidhu Aggarwal

Specs is a journal of contemporary culture and arts at Rollins College.

Specs aims to create sympathetic interfaces between artistic and critical
practices. The journal invokes the spirit of John Dewey, for whom thinking
begins in flux, in the "peculiar combination of the understood and

The editors invite submissions of critical and/or creative work for both
the print and web issue, including critical articles, fiction, non-fiction
(of up to 6000 works), poetry (3-5 poems) and artwork.

CFP: [African-American] MCLLM 2008

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 8:17pm
Elizabeth Bowman and Christina Gilleran


The 16th annual Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media
(MCLLM) will be held February 29 and March 1, 2008, at Northern Illinois
University in DeKalb, Illinois, to coincide with African American History
Month and Women's History Month.

Confirmed keynote speakers: David Bevington (of the University of
Chicago) on race and gender in Shakespeare, and Russ Castronovo (of the
University of Wisconsin at Madison) on American and African American
history including the military-industrial complex.

Proposals are solicited for fifteen- to twenty-minute papers from
scholars at all career stages, from beginning graduate students to
established and senior scholars.