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Decolonizing the Digital Archive

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:19am
25th AISNA Biennial Conference Gate(d)Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond (Ragusa, Italy, September 26-28, 2019)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Decolonizing the Digital Archive


In recent years we have witnessed a proliferation of digital archival work – often (but not always) in the form of open access platforms developed to gather, preserve, and share historical documents. The very nature of open accessibility counters a rhetoric of retreat and the construction of barriers among knowledge producers and consumers – by refusing ownership over its content and seeking collaborative and communal engagement in both interpretational and curatorial work, open access digital archives are often decentralized archives that  provide modes for democratic access, exchange, and co-construction of knowledge.

NeMLA 2020: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism (Boston, March 5-8)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Panel: Afro-diasporic Futures Before Afrofuturism

Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference

March 5-8, 2020 

Boston, MA


Seeking papers on the politics of futurity in Afro-diasporic writing from before the mid-twentieth century for the following guaranteed session at NeMLA 2020. Abstracts due by September 30 on NeMLA's website. Visit to submit.

Mapping “No-Place”: Geographical Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century America

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:13pm
Ashley Rattner and Ryan Charlton
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Remapping is inherently an act of dissent. As Denis N. Cosgrove observes, “The measure of mapping is not restricted to the mathematical; it may be equally spiritual, political, or moral. By the same token, the mapping’s record is not confined to the archival; it includes the remembered, the imagined, and the contemplated.” What role do illusory places––literary utopias, hoaxes, legends, visions, and other fictions––play in critiquing, reinforcing, or challenging mainstream American culture in the nineteenth century? This proposed panel explores aspirational, deceptive, and fantastical spaces which throw the existing world into relief to propose plausible and potent alternative microcosms.

Pop South: Translating the Region

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:12pm
SAMLA / South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

November 15-17, 2019 | Westin Peachtree Plaza | Atlanta, GA

Diva: Hip-Hop, Feminism, Fierceness

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 9:05pm
Centre for Film, Media, Discourse & Culture, University of Wolverhampton
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 14, 2019

The shift from the margins to the mainstream has occurred simultaneously, over the last few decades, for two groups that now jointly exert a central influence over contemporary culture and politics: female r’n’b and hip-hop artists, and feminist thinkers and activists. The coming together of these two groups and sensibilities has redefined contemporary popular music (in all senses of musics of black origin), and wider culture and politics, in the West – from the banlieues to the White House, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo, from Betty Davis to Neneh Cherry, TLC to Aaliyah, Alicia Keys to Iggy Azalea, Beyonce to Ariana Grande, and all points in between.

African American and Native American Women Writers

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 1:52pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 3, 2019

African American and Native American Women Writers


SAMLA 2019

Atlanta, GA

Westin Peachtree Plaza

November 15-17


25th AISNA Biennial Conference Gate(d)Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:41am
Italian Association for North American Studies (AISNA)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019



Paper  proposals  (max.  300  words)  should  be  submitted,  together  with  a  brief biographical note, to the Panel Coordinator(s), to the Conference Organizer Gigliola Nocera ( and to the Aisna Secretary Simone Francescato (segretario- by June 15, 2019. Successful proponents will be notified by June 30,

2019. Panels exceeding four participants will be split into two sessions.


Panel # 1


Religion in American Literature (San Diego, CA; Nov. 14-17, 2019)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 2:15pm
Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 10, 2019

This session examines the relationship between religion and American literature. In particular, it welcomes papers that explore the topic of theodicy in contemporary American literature. How have the events following 9/11, and the developments in post-secular and trauma studies made the question of theodicy a more vital, urgent topic in our contemporary moment? How has 9/11 transformed the ways in which Americans think about the problem of evil? How has this event and other acts of terror influenced our cultural imaginations of suffering and death? How have contemporary American writers contributed to the conversations about the presence or absence of God in suffering?