In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
TONI MORRISON SOCIETY
SEVENTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE:
TONI MORRISON AND HER ROLE AS EDITOR
JULY 21-24, 2016, The Roosevelt HotelNew York, New York–CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS–
Now in its ninth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 10-11 February 2017. Topics may include but are not limited to:
THE EUDORA WELTY SOCIETY
The Eudora Welty Society welcomes a range of papers, but proposals addressing Welty and the SAMLA 88 theme of "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?" are especially welcome. We also are interested in work that investigates how Welty's fiction, essays, or photography interact with politics, jazz, the blues, newspapers, magazines, television, film, and other texts. Consider also how Welty's work has been reimagined by other artists, such as Claire Holley's song "Pleasant Dreams" inspired by "The Whistle." By June 1, 2016, please send a 300-500 word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to William Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Papers--Vignettes: Episodic Tales of in the Lives of Strangers full name / name of organization: Farris Lee Francis and Maj. Sylvia C. McPherson Ed.M (Ret) contact email: email@example.com
Vignettes: Episodic Tales of in the Lives of Strangers
Farris Lee Francis and Sylvia C. McPherson seek contributors for their first collection of essays centred on the struggles, pain, love, despair, and destruction which creates the human experience. The editors have extensive background in social science, women and gender studies, and African American studies.
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).
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: http://www.bucknell.edu/ArtsActivismConference
Abstracts due midnight July 15, 2016 to https://griotinstituteforafricanastudiesbucknell.submittable.com/submit
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.
CFP // SWAMP SOUTHS: LITERARY AND CULTURAL ECOLOGIES (Edited Collection)
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: pamla.org
How do writers represent the work of being women—where “work” is defined broadly to encompass not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? How do writers address social assumptions about who should be performing work, and for what purpose? How do race, class, sexuality and national identity affect women’s ability to define both the meaning of their work and their ability to engage in work?
Call for papers
Planned Obsolescence: Texts, theory, technology
Université de Liège (Belgium) - December 8th and 9th, 2016
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