category: african-american

Folklore and Mythology

full name / name of organization: 
Sufen s Lai/ PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)
contact email: 
lais@gvsu.edu

PAMLA 2009
107th Annual Conference
San Francisco

Topics related to studies of Folkore and Mythology

Deadline: March 15, 2009

Transforming Visions in African American Literature and Rhetoric (M/MLA, 11/12-15/09, deadline 4/20/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Permanent Session on African American Literature for the Midwest Modern Language Association
contact email: 
geiger.tj@gmail.com

Transforming Visions in African American Literature and Rhetoric

Poetics of Presence [ASAP 1: Arts of the Present (10/22-25/2009)]

full name / name of organization: 
Association for the Study of Arts of the Present
contact email: 
kenningeditions@gmail.com

Call for proposals for a panel submission to the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, first annual conference.

Poetics of Presence

“Catastrophe and the Cure”: The Politics of Post-9/11 Music (Deadline May 1, 2009)

full name / name of organization: 
Anthology Theorizing Post-9/11 Music
contact email: 
post911anthology@gmail.com

In current debates about the War in Iraq, it has become commonplace for politicians and journalists to conjure the specter of the Vietnam War as a means of quantifying the impact of the current war in American culture and throughout the world. Surprisingly, though, few have scrutinized these comparisons to examine the differences between the popular music of the Vietnam era and the music of the current post-9/11 era. While the Vietnam era found countless bands and musicians responding in protest to that war, there has arguably been a significantly smaller amount of contemporary musicians who have taken overt stances, in their music, about the politics of post-9/11 life, in America and elsewhere.

_“Catastrophe and the Cure”: The Politics of Post-9/11 Music_ is the title of a proposed anthology examining “post-9/11” music. Abstracts are sought for articles attempting to theorize what post-9/11 music is, if such a category can be said to exist, and what political action it takes (or needs to take), if any. Proposed articles should be theoretically engaged and should be written with an academic readership in mind. Of particular interest are abstracts that seek to extend discussions of post-9/11 music beyond the bands/musicians/albums—U2, _The Rising_, The Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith, etc.—typically associated with 9/11. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

UPDATE: Reception Study Conference (5/1/09; 9/11-9/13/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Reception Study Society
contact email: 
pgold@udel.edu

UPDATE: CALL FOR PAPERS CALL FOR PAPERS
RSS CONFERENCE ON RECEPTION STUDY
Sept 11-13, 2009 -- note change of date
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Keynote Speakers:

[UPDATE] Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts; 23-24 April 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Nathan Waddell
contact email: 
modernism-utopia@hotmail.co.uk

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Doug Mao, Johns Hopkins University
Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading

UNDERGRAD: HECBC Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conf. / Reading, PA / 18 Apr. 2009 Conf. -- 20 Mar. Proposals

full name / name of organization: 
Higher Education Council of Berks County Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference
contact email: 
ugconference@racc.edu

The decennial Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (PA) will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA).

Literature and Pathology, May 22-24 2009

full name / name of organization: 
University of California, Davis
contact email: 
jhowell@ucdavis.edu

CFP: "Literature and Pathology," UC Davis
University of California, Davis Medical Center (Sacramento, CA)
May 22-24, 2009
http://litpathcon.ucdavis.edu/
Deadline: April 5th, 2009

Visions of the World: Forms, Functions, and Histories of Universalism (2009 MLA panel)

full name / name of organization: 
Koonyong Kim
contact email: 
koonyongkim@duke.edu

Visions of the World: Forms, Functions and Histories of Universalism

Call for Papers for the 2009 Modern Language Association Convention,
Philadelphia, 27-30 December

CFP: Justice and Mercy Have Kissed (SAMLA 11/6-8/09; deadline 5/1/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Abigail Lundelius/Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature
contact email: 
lundeliu@mailbox.sc.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
November 6-8, 2009
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown
Atlanta, GA

Deadline: May 1, 2009

JUSTICE AND MERCY HAVE KISSED

Arts of the Present - October 22-25, 2009 (Deadline April 1, 2009)

full name / name of organization: 
A.S.A.P.: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
contact email: 
info@artsofthepresent.org

A.S.A.P.: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Launch Conference: "ASAP 1: Arts of the Present"

October 22-25, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee

Plenaries: Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Sianne Ngai, Anton Vidokle

[UPDATE] Revisiting Literary Worlds: Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs (grad) (3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

full name / name of organization: 
University of California, Riverside
contact email: 
maria.brower@email.ucr.edu

CFP: Revisiting Literary Worlds: Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs (grad) (New deadline - 3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

[UPDATE] Illustrating Literary Worlds (grad) (3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

full name / name of organization: 
University of California, Riverside
contact email: 
maria.brower@email.ucr.edu

[UPDATE]: Illustrating Literary Worlds. New submission deadline: 3/11/2009.

The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalization’ Conference

full name / name of organization: 
University of Otago
contact email: 
vijay.devadas@otago ac.nz

The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalization’ Conference

24-26 June, 2009

Organised by the Postcolonial Studies Research Network, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalization’ Conference

full name / name of organization: 
University of Otago
contact email: 
chris.prentice@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

Keynote Speakers: Professor Robert J.C. Young, New York University; Professor Graham Huggan, University of Leeds; Associate Professor Susie O’Brien, McMaster University

Obama in Popular Culture

full name / name of organization: 
Obama-Mania: Critical Essays on Representations of President Barack Obama in Popular Culture
contact email: 
ObamaInPopularCulture@gmail.com

Title: Obama-Mania: Critical Essays on Representations of President Barack Obama in Popular Culture

Contact:
ObamaInPopularCulture@gmail.com

Editors: Derrais Carter & Nicholas Yanes

Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics (3/19/09; MLA '09)

full name / name of organization: 
Swati Rana, MLA Graduate Student Caucus
contact email: 
swati@berkeley.edu

CFP: “Criticism as Method: Mediating Literature and Politics”
A Panel of the Graduate Student Caucus, MLA 2009

Pirates and Piracy (May 1, 2009)

full name / name of organization: 
Andrew Opitz / darkmatter
contact email: 
opit0010@umn.edu

darkmatter Journal - http://www.darkmatter101.org/

Special Issue - Call for Papers: Pirates and Piracy in History, Literature and Theory

[UPDATE] CFP: Eudora Welty Society Panel, SCMLA Baton Rouge, 10/2009

full name / name of organization: 
Eudora Welty Society
contact email: 
kordonowy@virginia.edu

UPDATE: The deadline for paper proposals has been extended to March 25, 2009.

MLA Special Session proposal - Reconsidering the Transnational Turn - 3/24

full name / name of organization: 
John Patrick Leary, Wayne State University
contact email: 
jpleary@wayne.edu

In recent years, a “transnational” approach to literary history has become popular.

Looking for essays about President Barak Obama in Popular Culture for a book anthology

full name / name of organization: 
Obama-Mania: Critical Essays on Representations of President Barak Obama in Popular Culture
contact email: 
ObamaInPopularCulture@gmail.com

Contact:
ObamaInPopularCulture@gmail.com

Editors: Derrais Carter & Nicholas Yanes
Publisher: McFarland

Deadline for Abstracts: May 25th, 2009

Description of the Book:

UPDATE: Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference

full name / name of organization: 
University of Mississippi, Tara McLellan
contact email: 
swswgradconference@gmail.com

UPDATED DUE DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS BOTH CRITICAL AND CREATIVE IS 5:00PM ON MARCH 31, 2009. PLEASE EMAIL SWSWGRADCONFERENCE@GMAIL.COM WITH QUESTIONS!

African American Literature Panel (3/15/09; PAMLA, 11/6/09-11/7/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Brian R. Adler
contact email: 
badler@uci.edu

Open call for papers:

Proposals sought for the African American Literature session of the PAMLA Conference, San Francisco State University, November 6-7, 2009.

Please use the on-line submission process to submit your paper title, 500-word proposal, and 50-word abstract by March 15: http://www.pamla.org/2009/proposals

PAMLA is the Western regional affiliate of the Modern Language
Association: http://www.pamla.org/2009/

Please send any and all inquiries to: badler@uci.edu

--
Brian R. Adler
Department of English
435 Humanities Instructional Building
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2650
Program in African American Studies

Haunted Masculinities: Men and Their Ghostly Selves in American Literature (MLA special session)

full name / name of organization: 
Sharon Becker
contact email: 
sharon_becker@redlands.edu

Haunted Masculinities: Men and Their Ghostly Selves in American Literature Proposal for special session for MLA 2009

For this proposed special session, the panel seeks to understand why the journey to male identity in American literature is so often written as a haunted pursuit. Whether it is Henry James's Spencer Brydon wrestling with his spectral American alter ego in "The Jolly Corner," Jack Kerouac's use of the figure of the Shrouded Traveler throughout On The Road, or John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom describing a catheter tube as a "dark ghost"
penetrating his body, male characters investigating what it means to be a man are beset with terrifying visions of death, spectral presences, and various things that go bump in the night. Why? What is so terrifying about being a man in American literature and culture? Why do American writers frequently turn to ghosts, haunted spaces, and absences in order to explore the particular difficulty with which men come to a sense of self?

Although investigations of ghost stories are expected, the approach to what is a haunted pursuit of male identity or subjectivity is also flexible. Ghosts, haunted houses, preoccupations with death or dead people, absences, spaces, and pauses within the text itself are all manners in which haunting stalks a narrative, and are all welcome approaches to the topic. A focus on 20th and 21st century literature is preferred but all time periods (or comparisons between texts across time periods) will absolutely be considered.

Interested panelists should submit a 250 word abstract and a recent CV via E-mail by March 20, 2009 to Sharon Becker at sharon_becker@redlands.edu.
Queries welcome. Those interested in acting as a respondent for the panel (but who may not want to contribute a paper) are encouraged to contact the organizer of this panel as well.

All panelists chosen for participation must be members of the Modern Language Association by April 7, 2009.

St. John's University Humanities Review

full name / name of organization: 
John V. Nance and Christianne M. Cain
contact email: 
sjuhumanities@gmail.com

This is a call for submissions to be considered for publication in The St. John's University (Queens, NY) literary journal, The Humanities Review.

The journal has published several notable academics in their
respective fields over the last few years.

The working themes for the Spring edition are:

Relocating the Avant Garde: the relationship between historical facts and a language state. In the wake of President Obama's historic campaign, "Hope" is the avant garde. "Hope" is likewise changing the political landscape; so how is political language changing?

Submission deadline for the journal is the 15th of March 2009.

Please submit all papers electronically to: sjuhumanities@gmail.com

or via snail mail:

The Humanities Review
c/a The Writing Center
8000 Utopia pkwy
Jamaica, NY
11439

MLA cfp -- panel arranged by ASLE

full name / name of organization: 
Scott Knickerbocker
contact email: 
sknickerbocker@collegeofidaho.edu

African American Literature and Environment MLA panel arranged by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Proposals are invited for presentations that examine African American literature as environmental literature. bell hooks claims that "black people were first and foremost a people of the land," but for a variety of historical reasons, African American literature has been excluded from the green canon of typical nature writing. How does African American literature, whether an early slave narrative or a contemporary work of
fiction or poetry, complicate traditional ideas about environmental consciousness (including but not limited to the inclusion of environmental justice issues)? How does the history of slavery, Jim Crow segregation and racial violence, and African American migration to northern cities problematize the pastoral as a genre? Despite this historically vexed relationship to rural land, how has African American literature registered ecocentric experience of the nonhuman world? Paper
topics may address these or other questions related to African AmericanLiterature and Environment.

Submit 300-word abstracts by March 22, 2009 to Scott Knickerbocker at sknickerbocker@collegeofidaho.edu. Questions are welcome.

Special Topic session at RMMLA: "Mothers in Literature of Women of Color in the 20th Century

full name / name of organization: 
Melissa Whitney
contact email: 
Mayce-girl@hotmail.com

My name is Melissa Whitney. I am the session chair for the special topics session "Mothers in Literature of Women of Color in the Twentieth Century" at this year's RMMLA conference in Snowbird, Utah.
I am looking for mother-daughter relationships in particular but the session is not limited to that relationship. I am encouraging papers who deal with how mothers mother and the relationship between a mother's mothering and the psychological impact it has on her child, but any subject matter connected to mothers in literature of women of color will be considered. While my particular focus is on African American Women, I also encourage papers and research on literature of Chicana, Latina, Native American women etc.
Graduate as well as undergraduate and independent scholars are encouraged to send their paper proposals to Mayce-girl@hotmail.com or Melissa.Whitney@utsa.edu
The deadline for paper proposals is March 1 by 5 p.m.

CFP: [African-American] CFP - Traumatic Memory and Narrative Memory in Ethnic American Literatures

full name / name of organization: 
Kara E. Jacobi
contact email: 
k.jacobi@umiami.edu

CFP: [African-American] CFP - Traumatic Memory and Narrative Memory in Ethnic American Literatures

CFP: [African-American] Callaloo/ETHIOPIA

full name / name of organization: 
Dagmawi Woubshet
contact email: 
dw242@cornell.edu

CFP: [African-American] Callaloo/ETHIOPIA

UPDATE: [African-American] Women of Color Writers and Environmental Justice Literature

full name / name of organization: 
Andrea Campbell
contact email: 
akatecampbell@gmail.com

UPDATE: [African-American] Women of Color Writers and Environmental Justice Literature

CFP: [African-American] Sidney Poitier Conference

full name / name of organization: 
IAN G. STRACHAN
contact email: 
istrachan@cob.edu.bs

CFP: [African-American] Sidney Poitier Conference

CFP: [African-American] Poitier Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Ian G. Strachan
contact email: 
istrachan@cob.edu.bs

CFP: [African-American] Poitier Conference

CFP: [African-American] Poitier Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Ian G. Strachan
contact email: 
istrachan@cob.edu.bs

CFP: [African-American] Poitier Conference

CFP: [African-American] Revisiting Literary Worlds: Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs (grad) (2/27/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/0

full name / name of organization: 
Susana Brower
contact email: 
maria.brower@email.ucr.edu

CFP: [African-American] Revisiting Literary Worlds: Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs (grad) (2/27/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/0

CFP: [African-American] The Changing Images of the Businessman through Literature (Collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Christa Mahalik
contact email: 
Christa.Mahalik@Quinnipiac.edu

CFP: [African-American] The Changing Images of the Businessman through Literature (Collection)

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