NEMLA - April 2014, Interdisciplinary Approaches for Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

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Fran L. Lassiter
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With the concepts of history, memory, and myth central to the discussion, this panel seeks critical and creative papers that offer an interdisciplinary approach for teaching the Harlem Renaissance. In particular, the discussion will focus on the manner in which various contemporary cultural workers – visual arts, creative writers, musicians, and scholars – shaped a distinct aesthetic during this period. Panelists are encouraged to include non-canonical texts, as well as "forgotten artists" of the period in their presentations. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Identity versus class politics
• Gender and sexuality
• Migration and alienation
• Authentic versus popular cultural expressions
• Refiguring images and practices through literature,
dance, music, film, and/or other visual arts

Papers which employ African-centered theoretical frames are highly encouraged. Please send a 500 word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter ( The deadline is September 30, 2013. With your abstract please include the following:
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