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Long Beach Indie Film, Media, and Music Conference

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 10:58am
Long Beach Indie Film, Media, and Music Festival
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Abstract Deadline: May 25, 2016

The Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival is looking for scholars, musicians, filmmakers, archivists, journalists, and digital media producers to bring their art, intellect, and energy to our 2016 Film, Media, and Music Conference (August 31-September 4, 2016).

African-American Art: Activism and Aesthetics

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 10:46am
Bucknell University Griot Institute for Africana Studies and Africana Studies program
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 15, 2016

The Griot Institute at Bucknell University and the Africana Studies program announce and invite paper submissions for a conference entitled African-American Arts: Activism and Aesthetics, to be held September 29th, 30th, and October 1st, 2016 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Keynote speaker: Carrie Mae Weems. Performance by Jimmy Greene

Conference website:

Abstracts due midnight July 15, 2016 to

Ten Years Gone: Celebrating the Works of Octavia Butler-- SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:31am
Jay N. Shelat -- SAMLA 88
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

This year marks 10 years since the untimely death of Octavia Butler. It is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Patternmaster. Butler was a pioneer in science fiction writing with her groundbreaking integration of race, sexual politics, and religion with traditional elements of the genre. This panel aims to celebrate Butler’s life and works by presenting on a variety of topics, particularly the conference’s theme of Utopia/Dystopia. Other possible paper topics include a pedagogical study of Butler’s work, a theological approach to Butler’s most celebrated works (Kindred and the Parable series), and an analysis of Butler’s treatment of space and migration throughout her oeuvre.

Social Inequality in America: Debates Around _The Wire_

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:31am
NeMLA 2017 Annual Convention, Baltimore, March 23-26, 2017 (Johns Hopkins University)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

 The popular HBO TV series, The Wire (2002-2008), created and mainly written by former Baltimore police reporter David Simons, comprehends over 60 episodes broadcast in 5 seasons. The TV series has been addressed by main newspapers such as The New York Times, and The Guardian (UK). Pop culture media have rated it as “the best show ever broadcast on American television” (Slate),  “the greatest TV drama of the past 25 years” (Vulture),  “the greatest TV show of all time” (Complex, Pop Culture).

SAMLA 88: Modern Drama [Deadline Extended]

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:32am
Aaron Botwick / South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This session invites submissions of paper proposals on plays and/or performances under the broad category of modern drama. Comparative Drama as well as Drama in English papers are welcome.  Papers on SAMLA's conference theme--Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?--will be given special consideration.


By May 31, 2016, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at

Utopia and Dystopia in 'Cannibal' Literature of the Black Atlantic

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 11:30am
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In The Tropics Bite Back, literary scholar Valérie Loichot highlights Maryse Condé’s urging of Caribbean writers to “bite back” (mordre en retour) at their respective colonial powers. One method, which Condé calls ‘literary cannibalism,’ has been employed by authors throughout the African diaspora. Examples include Zora Neale Hurston’s revisiting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in her short story “Spunk”, Condé’s own Windward Heights, a revision of Charlotte Brönte’s Victorian classic, and Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone.

SAMLA 88 / African American Utopias

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:10am
Thomas Cassidy / South Carolina State University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 3, 2016


Religion in American Literature

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:17am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 11/11-11/13, 2016
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

This panel seeks to address how questions of faith have shaped cultural meanings in American literary history.  In particular, it welcomes papers that examine the relationship between secularity and literary development in the United States.  Some of the questions we will consider are: How did the growth in secularity influence the way American writers conceptualized faith and experienced transcendence?  How did it influence the way they responded to suffering? How did they express the tension of living within a secular age? What are the expressions of transcendence within secular culture? 

The proposal deadline is June 10, 2016.  Please submit your proposal by going to the PAMLA website: