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Democracy and Liberalism in U.S. Literature and Politics (ALA 2017, Boston)

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 3:22pm
American Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 20, 2017

Democracy and Liberalism in U.S. Literature and Politics

Call for Papers:  

The American Literature Association
28th Annual Conference: May 25-28, 2017 

Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

 Deadline: January 20, 2017


Updated Appalachian Anthology of Nature Writing

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:56am
Jessica Cory/Western Carolina University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Submissions are currently being accepted for an anthology of Appalachian nature writing, tentatively titled Appalachian Nature. While there are locale-specific nature writing anthologies, this will be the first to focus on the entire Appalachian region.

Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and one-act plays are welcomed and demographics traditionally underrepresented in Appalachian literature are encouraged to submit. While all contributions should engage with the Appalachian environment specifically, possible topics or themes include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

-Travel narratives

-Bucolic nature

-Disability and the environment

-Animal studies

Gender Matters: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:14pm
Shauntae Brown White / North Carolina Central University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The North Carolina Central University Women's & Gender Studies Program is now accepting abstracts for the first annual research symposium Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Durham, NC.  The Women's & Gender Studies program is in its inaugural year at NCCU.

Paper, panel and poster sessions are welcome from all discplines and diverse research methods that address intersections of gender, race and / or class.  Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from NCCU and the surrouding region are encouraged to submit.  Topics could include, but are not limited to: performing gender, representations of gender, historical perspectives, social justice and gender, masculinity, and gendered health and medicine.

Should we talk about the weather?: Theoretical Approaches to Race and Conversation

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:07am
John Garrett Bridger Gilmore / UC Irvine
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Accepting abstracts for participants in panel described below for 2017 ASA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il Nov. 9-12

Please include:

300 word paper abstract

1 page CV


Should we talk about the weather?: Theoretical Approaches to Race and Conversation

African American Folklore: On the Foundation of Hip Hop

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 1:23pm
Aaron Oforlea/ UP of Mississippi
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 8, 2017

African American Folklore: On the Foundation of Hip Hop is the first collection of critical essays that will explore the African American folklore roots of hip hop. Besides presenting recent scholarship on the language and narrative strategies that give form and structure to hip hop music, the collection has the potential to extend studies of the Oral Tradition into Hip Hop scholarship.

American Literature Association: Charles W. Chesnutt panels

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:55pm
Bill Hardwig, Charles W. Chesnutt Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017


Charles W. Chesnutt Association

American Literature Association

28th Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2017

The Westin Copley Place

Boston, MA


The Charles W. Chesnutt Association welcomes abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentation at two sessions on the work of Chesnutt at the 2017 ALA conference in Boston.


Session One: Chesnutt and Justice

Octavia E. Butler at ALA May 2017

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:58pm
Octavia E. Butler Literary Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2016

The OEB Literary Society plans to host two panels at the American Literature Association in Boston, May 2017. We invite prospective participants to submit proposals relating to any aspect of Butler’s life and work. We especially encourage papers/panels addressing Butler’s influence in the work of contemporary artists across genres, and would like to devote one of the panels to this topic. Please email abstracts of 300 words to Matthew Mullins at

American Lierature Association: Postwar Iconicities

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 10:05am
Jacqueline Foertsch / U North Texas
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Postwar Iconicities:  Discussions of literature, 1945-1975, treating iconic persons or milestone events historical or fictionalized.  Postwar literature regarding fame, celebrity, infamous crime or court cases, quintessential Americanness.  Abstracts to by 16 January 2017.