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REVISITING THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT
Department of English
March 23-24, 2006
The twentieth-century saw the rise of two African American literary
movements-the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the Black Arts Movement of
the 1960s and 1970s. Of these movements, the Harlem Renaissance has
received the greater amount of scholarly attention by far, but things are
beginning to change. The past ten years have seen the publication of books
by Julius Thompson, Cheryl Clarke, and James Edward Smethurst detailing
important aspects of the history of the Black Arts Movement. Kimberly
Bentson has offered a theoretical exploration of the drama of this period.
Joanne Gabbin's historic Furious Flower conference and the collection of
poetry that followed have done much to rekindle interest in the movement.
Coffee House Press has started a Black Arts series dedicated to publishing
the fiction of the Movement. And critical texts by Kalamu Ya Salaam and
Mike Sell are forthcoming as well as an edited collection of essays
revisiting the movement by Lisa Gail Collins and Margo Natalie Crawford.
Leading the way in this resurgence of scholarly interest, the Department of
English at Howard University is convening a 2-day conference on the Black
Arts Movement. The conference will be held from March 23-24, 2006.
We invite proposals for papers on a variety of literary, historical,
political, and cultural
Possible topics might include but are not limited to:
African National Theater
Barbara Ann Teer
Black Aesthetic Movement
Black Arts Repertory Theatre School (BARTS)
Concept East Theater
Detroit Black Arts Conventions
Fisk Black Writers Conferences
Free Southern Theater
Gil Scott Heron
Houston Baker, Jr.
John Oliver Killens Workshop
Journal of Black Poetry
Kalamu Ya Salaam
Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile
New Lafayette Theater
Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC)
Prison Literature and the Black Arts Movement
Slam Poetry and the Black Arts Movement
Sudan Arts South/West
Third World Press
Toni Cade Bambara
Victor Hernandez Cruz
Wall of Dignity
Wall of Respect
Watts Happening Coffee House
Watts Writers Workshop
Women Writers and the Black Arts Movement
Woodie King, Jr.
Please send your proposed 250-word abstract with a copy of your curriculum
vita to Professor Douglas Taylor @detaylor_at_howard.edu.
Proposals may also be considered for panels (of 2 or 3 papers): these should
include panel title, brief description of panel theme, name of the panel
1-page abstracts of each paper and contact details for each presenter (name,
institutional affiliation postal address and email address).
Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2005.
Conference Fee: $15.00 (All checks should be made payable to Howard
Breakfast and Lunch will be served to all registered participants.
Howard University plans to publish the proceedings of the conference.
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