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REMINDER: Bitter Critique, Emphatic Rebellion: The Politics of Writing While Black (NeMLA 2019)

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 10:22am
Cynthia Cravens/University of Maryland Eastern Shore
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference: Washington, D.C., March 21-24, 2019

Abstract deadline: Sept 30, 2018

Riffing off Du Bois ("Criteria of Negro Art"), Wright ("Blueprint for Negro Writing"), Lorde ("Poetry is not a Luxury"), Baraka ("Black Art"), and many others, this panel seeks to situate, examine, interrogate, and align black writers in American literature and culture. Our objective is to define the many ways black/African American/Negro/Slave writers have characterized or fictionalized what it “means” to be a writer of color.

Bearing Witness: Reading James Baldwin in the 21st Century (A Critical Anthology)

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:25pm
Yasmin Y. DeGout, Howard University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 2, 2018


Bearing Witness: Reading James Baldwin in the 21st Century

(A Critical Anthology)

“Perhaps I did not succumb to ideology . . . because I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness. In the church in which I was raised you were supposed to bear witness to the truth. Now, later on, you wonder what in the world the truth is, but you do know what a lie is.”—James Baldwin, Interview by Julius Lester


In the thick of it: a study of hair and its intersections with identity, politics, and culture.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 4:58pm
Darina Pugacheva/Louisiana State University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hair as a source of a serious study and research is often trivialized and overlooked. The Foreword to the volume entitled Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion (2008) expresses the idea that “hair [has] exciting and diverse potential as an academic topic […], so critical analysis of its practice and experience provides a fascinating and engaging entry point to contemporary debates around the body and its fashioning” (ix).  It calls for “a serious approach” to hair, as “a subject area richly deserving of new research” (ix).  Indeed, hair is an exciting field of research that recently, mostly due to the rise of fashion and hairstyles of African diaspora, has started to get more recognition.

Call for Archival and Bibliographical Articles on all periods of American Literature

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:11am
*Resources for American Literary Study* (Penn State UP)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Resources for American Literary Study, a peer-reviewed journal of archival and bibliographical scholarship, is inviting submissions for upcoming volumes 41.1 and 41.2 (2019). Covering all periods of American literature, Resources for American Literary Study welcomes both traditional and digital humanities approaches to archival discovery and bibliography. The journal also welcomes pedagogically focused submissions examining archival study in the classroom.

British Shakespeare Association: Shakespeare, Race and Nation

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:30am
British Shakespeare Association Annual Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018


Plenary Speakers include: Prof. Kim F Hall (Barnard College), Prof. Nandini Das (University of Liverpool) Dr. Preti Taneja (University of Warwick)

Swansea University is proud to host the 2019 British Shakespeare Association conference on the theme of “Shakespeare, Race, and Nation”.

American Women Writers of Detective & Crime Fiction, Especially the Writing of Sue Grafton

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:16am
Rebecca Martin, Walter Raubicheck/Pace University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 15, 2018


The editors of a new scholarly journal, Mean Streets: A Journal of American Crime and Detective Fiction, are pleased to present this Call for Papers for the inaugural issue. The journal will be published by the Pace University Press (New York City), which has been sponsoring scholarly journals since the 1980s.

'Maybe (S)he Had Some Authority': Celebrating the Works of Black Women Writers

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:31am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 50th Anniversary Convention
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This year’s NeMLA convention is historic: the organization celebrates five decades of cultivating scholarship and pedagogy in literary studies. Equally historic is the fact that 2019 is an anniversary year for pivotal texts by Black women writers. It marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Broadway debut of Lorraine Hansberry’s critically acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun (1959), and the fiftieth anniversary of Maya Angelou’s first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). Moreover, 2019 is also the fortieth anniversary of Octavia Butler’s now canonized fictional slave narrative Kindred (1979).

Animating Blackness - NEMLA 2019

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:18am
NEMLA 2019 - March 21-24, 2019, Washington, D. C.
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Since 2005, when Sianne Ngai first developed the concept of “animatedness” to describe the ways that racialized bodies are made machine-like through external manipulation, Ngai’s work has continued to provide a useful foundation for investigating representations of black voices and black bodies in African American literature and culture. This session seeks papers that will contribute to this broader scholarly conversation by considering the ways in which black bodies have continued to be voiced, mediated, automatized, and silenced by external forces.

Shakespeare’s Literary Recovery and Afterlife (British Shakespeare Association 2019 Conference)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 4:00pm
Nikki Roulo / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Echoing Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Claude  McKay notes, “You place your Seers with madmen, fools and rogues, Their words distort and twist.” This panel will explore the “distort and twist” of words, examining how Shakespeare’s literary work (re)defines and intersects with race and community today. How is Shakespeare recovered within minority communities? How is his work used in music to address race and contemporary issues? Why is his work subverted and reconfigured to address contemporary issues of race and nation? Do performances place the audience in a place of complicitness? This session invites papers that explore the intersection of his literary recovery and race.

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