American Literature Association Conference--25th Annual Conference--May 22-25, 2014

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African American Literature and Culture Society

American Literature and Culture Society
American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference

May 22-25, 2014

Hyatt Regency Washington
on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001

The African American Literature and Culture Society invites abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentations at the annual conference of the ALA ( Please note that we can only accept proposals for individual papers and will not be able to accept proposals for entire

Inspired by our move to Washington, D.C. for this year's ALA Conference, we will be focusing on the theme of "Location." We invite paper proposals that consider any of the myriad intersections between African American literature and "location," understood in a broad context as geographical space, as social position, as accumulation of historical events, as imaginative possibility, etc.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

*Places of the African American Literary Imagination: Continents, Countries, Regions, and

*Washington D.C. in African American Literature; Washington D.C.'s Literary History

*Sites of Black memory: Places of Black History in African American Literature

*Sense(s) of Place in African American Literature

*African American Literature in International Contexts

*At Home in the Diaspora? African Americans Abroad

*Global/Local; International/National

*Dislocations: Middle Passage, Westward Movement, Great Migration, Gentrification

While we welcome papers on the above themes and subthemes, we also encourage submissions on any topic related to African American literature and culture.

Please send abstracts or proposals to Grégory Pierrot ( and Shirley Moody-Turner ( not later than Dec 21, 2013. Presenters must be members of AALCS by the time of the conference. Information about the Society can be found at the AALCS website: