James Baldwin: Transatlantic Commuter Conference (Montpellier, France: June 5-7, 2014; abstracts due 9/15/13)
James Baldwin, the most prominent African American author of the mid-twentieth century, left America in 1948 for Paris. It was to be the first of his sites of expatriation: from Switzerland, to Turkey, to his final decades in St.-Paul-de-Vence, and frequent returns to New York, the American South, and San Francisco, Baldwin was, to use his term, a "transatlantic commuter." The Atlantic runs in many directions, and has many currents, not unlike Baldwin, an author of immense depth, mystery, and variety. This conference, emphasizing the way Baldwin combined engagement and exile, will add to a burgeoning body of Baldwin scholarship as scholars attempt to understand and appreciate one of American literature's most fascinating figures.
Please send 500-word abstracts by September 15, 2013 to conference organizers D. Quentin Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Claudine Raynaud (email@example.com). You may contact either of the organizers with questions or queries.