New Directions: African American Literature in the 21st Century

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Wendy Rountree / North Carolina Central University
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"New Directions: African American Literature in the 21st Century"

North Carolina Central University's Department of Language and Literature will host its Seventh African American Literature Symposium on Thursday, November 7, 2013. This year's theme is "New Directions: African American Literature in the 21st Century". This symposium will explore contemporary approaches to the study of African American Literature. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Sheila Smith-McKoy, Associate Professor of English and Director of the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Afrofuturism, Authenticity, Childhood, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Folklore, Disability Studies, Diaspora Studies, Drama, Hip Hop Studies, Intertextuality, Film/Television Studies, Literary Canon, Memory, Protest, Pop Culture, Slave Narratives, and Urban Literature.

Graduate and creative submissions are welcomed.

Email a 300-word abstract and brief cv to Dr. Wendy Rountree, North Carolina Central University, by July 31, 2013.

Participants whose papers are selected will be contacted in late August. Complete papers should be sent to Dr. Rountree by Thursday, October 24, 2013.