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African American Folklore and Critical Race Theory

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:44pm
Western Journal of Black Studies

This special issue for the Western Journal of Black Studies will address the growing interests in interdisciplinary scholarship on Critical Race Theory and African American Folklore. Historically, scholars collected folklore to examine how African Americans constructed a life in America, and the creative expressions that African Americans employ to define themselves and in opposition to dominant discourses about themselves and African American culture. Despite the oppositional intentions of this scholarship, African American people and culture were still, sometimes, depicted in ways that fulfilled or perpetuated negative dominant discourses or stereotypes.

Fragile Realities: Intersecting Interpretations of the Real // 6 July 2012, UCL, London

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:22pm
University College London, School of European Languages, Culture and Society

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April 2012

Keynote Speaker: Dr Matthew Beaumont
UCL English Department and The City Centre
Author of Utopia Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England and Editor of A Concise Companion to Realism.

The committee invites submissions for papers by UK-based postgraduate students across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines on perspectives relating to studies of reality. In particular, we encourage papers that interrogate ideas of the real in an interdisciplinary manner and explore the critical possibilities of the theme.

Professors for Peace Conference June 15-17, 2012 Nuclear Non-Proliferation: A World of No Nukes?

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 3:13pm
Professor for Peace

Professors for Peace CFP

Submit a paper or panel to the Professors for Peace Conference 2012. This conference is an international, interdisciplinary conference for scholars in the humanities and sciences who are interested in coming together to create a more peaceful world. Professors for Peace is a non-profit and non-governmental association that maintains no favoritism toward any religious, political, philosophical, or national affiliations. Professors anywhere in the world from all disciplines are invited to discuss the idea and practice of peace in the world today. For more information contact professorsforpeace at or visit our website at professorsforpeace dot com.

Abstracts due by May 15, 2012.

Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy (ALA Symposium on "Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, and Their Traditions," Oct. 4-6

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 2:34pm
Flannery O’Connor Society

Both were raised Catholic; both write of redemption and mystery and grace. While in many ways the differences in subject matter, tone, and style might seem to set the fiction of Flannery O'Connor far apart from that of Cormac McCarthy, this panel is based on the premise that much can be revealed by placing them alongside each other. Send proposals with abstracts to Michael Schroeder ( by June 1, 2012. The ALA Symposium will be Oct. 4-6 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

CFP: Youth Literature and Media area MPCA/ACA, October 12-14 2012; Columbus, OH

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 1:31pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

Call for Papers:
Youth Literature and Media
2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012
Columbus, OH
Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Deadline: April 30, 2012

Topics can include, but are not limited to recent/historical books, television shows, movies, or adaptations. Presentations on recently popular series, like The Hunger Games, are especially encouraged.

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Youth Literature and Media at,

Modernist Personae and the Legacy of Double-Consciousness

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:27pm
Ingrid Diran

This Modernist Studies Association panel revisits W.E.B. Du Bois's famous articulation of the problem of racial double-consciousness in relation to modernist literary practice. It considers ways in which modernist writers recast what Du Bois saw as a debilitating split between "two unreconciled strivings" into a powerful model for literary production that could be both autobiographical and experimental. How do we understand authors who seem to have intentionally resisted "merg[ing]" contradictory versions of themselves into a coherent authorial identity?

Black Feminist Literature journal

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:15pm

New online journal Black Feminist Literature (bfemlit) invites original submissions on the following topics for its inaugural Spring 2012 issue: how you fell in love with black feminist literature (or one author/text in particular), what makes you a black feminist writer, or on a related topic/issue pertaining to black women's lives or writing that can be developed into a themed issue. Submissions can fall into one of the following categories (please submit no more than 2 pieces at a time): poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction (including essays), drama, or reflections. Please limit literary submissions to 1000 words and reflections to 500 words.

South Central American Dialect Society Session at SCMLA 2012-San Antonio (Nov. 8-10) Abstracts Due: Mar. 30

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 11:42am
Dr. Thomas W. Reynolds, Jr. - Northwestern State University of Louisiana

The South Central American Dialect Society invites abstracts for individual presentations (15-20 minutes) for their allied session at the 69th annual conference of the South Central Modern Language Association to be held in San Antonio, TX, November 8-10, 2012. While we welcome papers on any approach to the study of the English language in North America, given the location of the conference this year, we are particularly interested in papers that study other languages or dialects of other languages and how those languages influence or are influenced by American English.

CFP: Stanley Cavell and Modernist Studies (MSA 14 10/18-10/21; Abstracts Due 4/2)

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 11:36am
Chris Forster

CFP: Stanley Cavell and Modernist Studies
(MSA 14, Las Vegas, October 18-21, 2012)

"New theater is 'absurd'; new painting is 'action'; Pop Art exists 'between life and art'; in serial music 'chance occurs by necessity.' Often one does not know whether interest is elicited and sustained primarily by the object or by what can be said about the object. My suggestion is not that this is bad, but that it is definitive of a modernist situation."[1] Is it? Is it still?

[UPDATE] PAMLA Special Topics Session "The Orient in the Hispanic Wor(l)d" (19-21 Oct 2012, Seattle)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:09pm
Alejandro Lee / Central Washington University

This panel seeks to explore the cultural intersections of the Orient in the Hispanic world in literary, historical and/or visual texts. We welcome papers that examine these cultural crossroads in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, Asian Hispanic identities, (mis)representations, art, film, and theater.

Please submit your proposal online at by 22 April 2012.