The organizers of the 19th Black Issues Conference invite proposals for presentations. The committee invites a broad array of proposals related to Black issues, and especially encourages presentations and creative works on media, activism, and how they intersect. Other areas of study might include: contemporary African American art, politics, race in higher education, social justice, gender, sexuality, and the representation of Black culture. Undergraduate and graduate students are particularly encouraged to present their work. Presentations can take the form of a paper or PowerPoint presentation, a roundtable discussion, an artistic exhibition, or a performance.
Edited Essay Collection (book).
Much has been said about the state and failure of Black relationships in North America. Books like “Is Marriage for White people” by Ralph Richard Banks, gain traction by highlighting that Black women are three times as likely to remain single as white women. Research has shown that absent fathers produce a cultural cycle of parental absenteeism for Black men and women, and the repetitive traits that lead to divorce are environmental rather than genetic. Bottom-line, there are countless barriers and hurdles stacked against black relationships. Many couples struggle with the outside pressures that racism and social discrimination present.
CFP: Queer Kinship: Erotic Affinities and the Politics of Belonging, edited collection
Elizabeth Freeman, UC Davis
Tyler Bradway, SUNY Cortland
Deadline: January 1, 2019
The James Fenimore Cooper Society will host two panels at the 30th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held in Boston, MA at the Westin Copley Place, May 23-26, 2019.
Panel 1: The Literary Age of Jackson
The conference hopes to broaden the scope of American literature, opening it to more complex geographies, and to a variety of genres and media. The impetus comes partly from a survey of what is currently in the field: it is impossible to read the work of Toni Morrison and Teju Cole, Bei Dao and Rita Dove, Tony Kushner and Lynn Nottage, Joan Didion and Ta-Nehisi Coates without seeing that, for all these authors, the reference frame is no longer simply the United States, but a larger, looser, more contextually varied set of coordinates, populated by laboring bodies, migrating faiths, generational sagas, memories of war, as well as the accents of unforgotten tongues, the taste and smell of beloved foods and spices.
Deadline Extended: January 4, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Susan Andrade
Featured Speaker: Tsitsi Dangarembga
March 28 - 30, 2019
University of Houston
In his book, Re-membering Africa, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o states that
“the history of Africa has not simply been one of deprivation, dispossession and exploitation but also one of resistance and struggle. At the centre of this struggle has been the quest for re-membering Africa so brutally dis-membered...”
Call for Proposals
The Ballard Institute’s Living Objects: African American Puppetry Symposium
Parlour Issue 4: Toni Morrison, Violence, and Domestic Space
“She rolled a bit of newspaper into a tight stick about six inches long, lit it and threw it onto the bed where the kerosene-soaked Plum lay in snug delight. Quickly, as the whoosh of flames engulfed him, she shut the door and made her slow and painful journey back to the top of the house” (Morrison, Sula).
Fourth Annual Post45 Graduate Symposium
Michigan State University / University of Michigan
Keynotes by Professors Sara Blair and Justus Nieland
Additional Faculty Participation by Zarena Aslami, Sarah Ensor, Yomaira Figueroa, Aida Levy-Hussen, and others to be announced
Post45 seeks graduate-level works-in-progress related to post45 literature and culture.
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Department of English (PG), Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru
National Conference on "Cartographies of Diaspora and Displacement: Narratives of Expatriates and Poetics of Exile" on January 18, 2019.
Conference Concept Note