"African Literature at the Turn of the 21st Century" (NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013 )

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Call for Papers

Title of Panel:"African Literature at the Turn of the 21st Century"

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

The panel examines the narrative techniques, tropes, and themes that current African authors engage in. What is the role of nationalism, history, religion, and secularism? Do female authors face similar challenges as their male counterparts? How do authors discuss themes related to ecology, AIDS, and gay rights? How do they depict terrorism, and reflect upon race and racial issues? Comparisons with prominent Anglophone literatures are also welcome. 300-350 word proposals: kudsieh@gmail.com.

Areas: British and Anglophone; Transnational Literatures

Deadline: September 30, 2012

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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html