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UPDATE: [African-American] Black Masculinity Collection

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 11:46pm
Peter Caster

Due to interest from several university presses and an NEH grant under
review, we are extending our call for submissions for the collection of

Black Masculinity in U.S. History and Literature, 1730-1945.

Timothy R. Buckner and Peter Caster, eds.

UPDATE: [African-American] UCLA Southland Conference: Genre Matters

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 3:59am
Laura Haupt and Sam See

19th Annual UCLA Southland Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers

Conference Title: Genre Matters
Conference Date: Friday, May 16, 2008
Keynote Speakers: Lowell Gallagher and Yogita Goyal, UCLA Department of

CFP: [African-American] CFP: SCMLA Special Session: Richard Wright at 100

Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 1:04am
Jeremy Dean

South Central Modern Language Association Convention
November 6-8, San Antonio, Texas

Special Session: Richard Wright at 100

This session investigates the continued significance of Wright’s life and
work in the centennial year of his birth. Papers that offer new readings
of well-studied texts and readings of understudied texts preferred.

Submit 200-300 word abstracts to by February 16th.

CFP: [African-American] Richard Wrightâs International Texts and Contexts

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 7:33pm
D. Stringer

I am soliciting abstracts for a proposed Special Session at the 2008 MLA
Convention [27-30 December 2008 in San Francisco]. Accepted panelists
must be MLA members by April 1, 2008.

2008 marks the centennial of Richard Wright’s birth, and an opportune
moment for reconsiderations of his lesser-read, nonfiction works, as well
as his trans-national and non-aligned writerly commitments more broadly.
Important topics include:

--Wright’s travel writing (Black Power, The Color Curtain, and Pagan

--Wright’s interest in rearticulating Marxist and Freudian theories to
reflect post-colonial realities

--Wright’s personal and authorial position vis-à-vis the Cold War

UPDATE: [African-American] Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:00pm
Jill E. Anderson

The 14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the Annual
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, July 17th-19th, 2008.
 The keynote speaker will be John T. Edge, director of the Southern
Foodways Alliance and author of numerous books on Southern cuisine,
including Fried Chicken: An American Story.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may include:

CFP: [African-American] Critically Forgotten (grad) (2/15/08; (dis)junctions, 4/11/08-4/12/08)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 5:14am
Susana Brower

CFP: Critically Forgotten (grad) (2/15/08; (dis)junctions, 4/11/08-

This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be held at (dis)
junctions, the University of California, Riverside's 15th Annual
Humanities Conference, which will be on April 11-12, 2008. This year's
theme is “Where the Streets are Re-Named.”

CFP: [African-American] Border Games for (dis)junctions conference

Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 12:54am
Nicoletta da Ros

The border is a world of multiple conflicts and difficult definitions,
inhabited by individuals who navigate different frames of reference,
cultural issues, gender roles and performances, economic statuses and
conditions in order to construct a viable identity for themselves.

This panel questions the monoreferentiality or concepts such as cultural
identity, linguistic identity, tradition, gender roles and sexuality,
geography, and nationhood, exploring the ‘borders’ within each of these

CFP: [African-American] UCLA Southland Conference: Genre Matters

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 6:41am
Laura Haupt and Sam See

19th Annual UCLA Southland Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers

Conference Title: Genre Matters
Conference Date: Friday, May 16, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Lowell Gallagher, UCLA Department of English

CFP: [African-American] Announcement

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 3:45pm
Terri Pantuso

7-8 March 2008
Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
The African American Women’s Language Conference will enable:
• Scholars to gain a broader, more interdisciplinary understanding
of language use in the African American community by women as well as the
ever more needed educational, sociocultural, and ecological aspects of
• Scholars of language variation in American English and scholars
in language variation in the Americas to look at African American
Language (AAL) and AAWL more globally in order to understand the dynamic
and still uncertain relationship between them and other varieties of
language in the Americas.

CFP: [African-American] Black Theatre Association - Debut Panel

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 1:16am
Jonathan Shandell

The Black Theatre Association (BTA), a focus group of the Association for
Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), seeks essay submissions for its 8th
Annual Debut Panel. We encourage all graduate students and non-tenured
faculty working on African American theatre and performance studies who
have never presented at ATHE or a national conference to apply. Papers may
consider any aspect of African American dramatic criticism, theatre
history, plays, playwrights, performers, directors, designers, etc. The
highest quality papers will be selected by our distinguished panel of
theatre scholar judges: Harry J. Elam, Jr., Olive H. Palmer Professor in