UPDATE: Octavia E. Butler: Uniting the Academy and the Community

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Octavia E. Butler Literary Society

The fiction of Octavia E. Butler has fired the imaginations of academics and activists alike. Quite often, however, these communities are walled off from one another. Butler’s explorations of the environment, sexuality, race, politics, and many other topics have established her legacy as a revolutionary, and her influence cannot be contained by the traditional categories and boundaries in which knowledge is typically organized. Her work is too vital to be put into any kind of box. For our second biennial conference, the Octavia E. Butler Literary Society invites scholars, organizers, activists, and educators to come together at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia from February 23-25, 2018 to share their insights on the works of one of the most important writers of our time. We encourage scholarly proposals but also call for workshops, pedagogical discussions, roundtables, and other presentations.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

Climate change

Community organizing

Ecocriticism

Education

Fascism

Gender

Race

Religion

Sexuality

Teaching Butler

 Please submit proposals to oebliterarysociety@gmail.com by Monday, October 2, 2017, and include “OEB Conference” in the subject line.