The conference hopes to broaden the scope of American literature, opening it to more complex geographies, and to a variety of genres and media. The impetus comes partly from a survey of what is currently in the field: it is impossible to read the work of Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz, Yusef Komunyakaa and Carolyn Forché, Tony Kushner and Lynn Nottage without seeing that, for all these authors, the reference frame is no longer simply the United States, but a larger, looser, more contextually varied set of coordinates, populated by laboring bodies, migrating faiths, generational sagas, memories of war, as well as the accents of unforgotten tongues, the taste and smell of beloved foods and spices.
Call for Conference Seminar Topics
Deadline: 19 February 2018
Society for American Music 45th Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana, 20–24 March 2019
The Society for American Music invites proposals for seminar topics for its 45th annual conference to be held in New Orleans, LA, 20–24 March 2019.
The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, CA on May 24-27, 2018.
Session 1: Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask Documentary
Papers that examine, engage, or respond to the recent documentary, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask. This documentary was broadcast nationally earlier this year on PBS, and has several selected screenings across the nation since then.
The Cinema Television Literature Association still welcomes proposals for two panels to be held at the 2018 ALA Conference in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018.
The first panel, “Recent Critical Work on Film and Television Adaptations of Literary Narratives” seeks four presentations based on American literary works adapted for feature film or long-format episodic series.
The second panel “Film and Literary Texts” seeks four presentations on the use of literary texts in feature films or long format episodic series or the use of film or long format episodic series in literary works.
“Who Cuts the Border?”
– Hortense Spillers
The Howard University Graduate English Student Association invites submissions for our third annual conference, “Black Knowledge, Black Thought: Reimagining Authors, Artistry, and Archives in the Diaspora” to be held at Howard University on March 22-23, 2018. In the midst of transitions in the academy and our world, we seek paper abstracts with innovative perspectives and methods of analysis. Presentations may examine individual artistic legacies or may undertake comparative readings of Diasporic and other texts. We welcome pieces that focus upon interpretation of any aspect of the cultural production of the Black Diaspora.
The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club website is seeking monthly feature articles ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words on various blues and jazz topics for 2018. Our organization is looking for individuals who are actively engaged in blues and jazz culture and/or scholarship who are interested in writing conversational yet informative articles for our website.
THE DEPARTMENT OF PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
PRESENTS ITS FOURTH BIENNIAL
AFRICA AND THE GLOBAL ATLANTIC WORLD CONFERENCE
“Intersectional Approaches to Survival: Legacies of Resistance”
APRIL 12-13, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Professor Linda James Myers
Call for Papers
Comics & Graphic Narrative Circle
American Literature Association
29th Annual Conference: May 24-27, 2018
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
The Comics & Graphic Narrative Circle welcomes abstracts for presentation at two sessions on comics at the 2018 ALA conference in San Francisco.
Underground, Indie, and Alternative Publishing & the Graphic Novel
Edited Volume, Cinema Liberation Theology
I am looking for 7-10 additional 4,000-5,000 word chapters on cinema and liberation theology for an edited collection which a major academic publisher is interested in.
This collection focuses on liberation narratives which are in some way related to or inspired by religious traditions/literatures/practices/discourses from around the world. The films and analyses need not be explicitly religious in content, but need only to be argued in the context of liberation with theology, spirituality, or divinity functioning as a loose guide.
As seen in Charleston, South Carolina and more recently in Charlottesville, Virginia, monuments that celebrate slave-owning heritage such as confederate flags and memorials honoring anti-abolitionists have become contentious subjects, leading to outrage and violence. For some, these controversial symbols represent racial oppression; for others, their heritage, turning historic landscapes into a stage for the ongoing conversation about race and inequality in America. Unlike France, the United States has yet to officially acknowledge slavery as a crime against humanity or to erect slave memorials that pay homage to the victims.