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Institutional contexts and the shaping and re-shaping of power

updated: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:08pm
MLA 2020 (Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 25, 2019

In light of renewed attention to hierarchies in the profession, the MLA Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession invites your consideration of whether and how institutions -- one’s university, scholarly field, or organizations like MLA  -- can be mobilized toward meaningful structural change and more equitable futures.

CFP:The Language of Black Women Writers: Power, Identity, and Relationships

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:28am
South Atlantic Modern Languages Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

In her 1977 essay “Toward a Black Feminist Criticism,” Barbara Smith says, “The use of Black women’s language and cultural experience in books by Black women about Black women results in a miraculously rich coalescing of form and content and also takes their writing far beyond the confines of white/male literary structures.” Smith uses “black women’s language” to make the case that a black feminist framework would have much in common with a rapidly expanding black women’s literary tradition. An unending source for “cultural manifestations” of black womanhood, literature from black women has a critical value outside of white/male literary structures.

Feature Articles for the Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club

updated: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:12am
The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club is an open access project committed to providing information to the general public on blues, jazz, and African American dances. Our organization is looking for individuals who are actively engaged in blues and jazz culture and/or scholarship who are interested in writing conversational, informative articles for our website. These articles should be geared toward a general readership rather than a wholly scholarly audience. For 2019, the Book Club seeks 1000-3000 word feature articles on the following blues and jazz topics:

Power, Identity, and Relationships in August Wilson’s Work SAMLA 91

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:16am
The August Wilson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 25, 2019

August Wilson’s plays are powerful in their ability to center marginalized histories through performance and language. With the recent release of Denzel Washington’s award-winning film production of Fences (2016), and the award-winning Broadway production of Jitney (2016-2017), there has been renewed focus and interest in not only Wilson’s work, but also the Hill District, where Wilson lived and where all but one of his plays are set.

Vanguard U: Universities as Infrastructures of the Avant-garde

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:15am
Modernism/Modernity Print+
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Modernism/modernity Print+ CFP – proposed Forum

 

Title: Vanguard U: Universities as Infrastructures of the Avant-Garde

 

Editors: Joyce Tsai (University of Iowa) and Jennifer Buckley (University of Iowa)

 

250-word abstracts due April 20

3000-word position papers due June 15

        

Planetary Utopias, Capitalist Dystopias: Justice, Nature & the Liberation of Life

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:13am
World-Ecology Research Network
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

San Francisco, May 30-31, June 1, 2019, California Institute of Integral Studies

EXTENDED DEADLINE, ABSTRACT SUMBISSIONS: MARCH 15

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Social Change, CIIS

Fifth Annual Conference of the World-Ecology Research Network

Submission form: https://goo.gl/forms/F8PplUr9KurGVcLD3

Race, Age, & Futurities

updated: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:09am
MLA Convention 2020 (guaranteed session)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 18, 2019

Proposals invited for a guaranteed interdisciplinary panel that examines the intersections of race, age, and imagined futures--including those that are hopeful, destructive, or endangered. Please send 250-word proposal and 2-page c.v.

Panel sponsored by TC Age Studies.

Proposal deadline extended to March 18, 2019.

https://mla.confex.com/mla/2020/webprogrampreliminary/Paper9264.html 

MLA 2020 - Persons in Poetry and Law

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:05am
Talia Shalev, CUNY Graduate Center
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Persons in Poetry and Law

Panel Proposal for MLA 2020

January 9-12, Seattle, WA

What relationships exist between poetic and legal invocations of personhood? What emerges in examining the formal strategies involved in processes of invocation? Seeking papers that put poems and legal texts in conversation. Please send a 300-word proposal by March 13th to tshalev@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Essays on Mildred Taylor

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:00am
Tammy L. Mielke, Sarah Hardstaff & Michelle H. Martin / University Press of Mississippi
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

CfP: Essays on Mildred Taylor (Edited Collection)

Editors: Tammy L. Mielke, Sarah Hardstaff and Michelle H. Martin

Since the publication of Song of the Trees in 1975, Mildred D. Taylor’s award-winning Logan family novels have presented complex representations of black characters, family, community, cultural and political life that defy the often stereotypical representations found in children’s literature at large. Yet there has been considerably less critical engagement with Taylor’s work than might be expected. For this anthology we are seeking contributions that examine numerous aspects of Taylor’s work and its wider impact.

This anthology is under advanced contract with University Press of Mississippi.

The Visual Logic/s of Feminism/s

updated: 
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 3:29pm
Wayne State University Visual Culture Group
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

The Eighth Annual WSU Visual Culture Symposium seeks to explore the visual logics of feminist art, theory, and practice, in all their complexity and multiplicity, and to place such logics in the current political moment. From the #MeToo-movement to the Women’s March, feminist activism has drawn national attention in recent years. In some respects, such activism has produced tangible gains: the 116th House of Representatives is the most racially diverse and counts the largest number of women in US history.

Anthology of Hip Hop Poetics

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Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 4:15pm
Breaking Down Bars: Perspectives on Hip Hop Poetics Anthology
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019

Breaking Down Bars: Perspectives on Hip Hop Poetics

Black Geographies and African American Literature Since 1945

updated: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:42pm
Dorothy Stringer, Temple University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 23, 2019

 2020 MLA Convention, 9-12 January in Seattle; https://www.mla.org/Convention Soliciting papers that draw on recent work in Black Geographies to discuss African American literature from the mid-20th century to the present. Work addressing urban space particularly desired. 500-word abstracts to Dorothy Stringer (dorothy@temple.edu) by March 23. Queries also welcome. Thanks a lot, and I'll talk to you tomorrow!

Black Modernity

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Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:33pm
MLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 18, 2019

How do we understand black modernisms and modernity? How is a modern black subject constituted? This session invites papers that approach these questions through periodization, intellectual history, aesthetics, or political formations. 250 word abstracts.

To submit an abstract, please e-mail ariel.martino@rutgers.edu

“The Job of the Writer is to Make Revolution Irresistible:” Critical Perspectives on Toni Cade Bambara

updated: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 5:35am
Khalilah Ali Clayton State University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Call For Papers: “The Job of the Writer is to Make Revolution Irresistible:” Critical Perspectives on Toni Cade Bambara
Khalilah Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor English

Clayton State University

Dr. Khalilah Ali

Assistant Professor and Director of First-Year Writing

Department of English

Mailing Address:

2000 Clayton State Blvd., G110-E

Morrow, GA 30260

Office Address:

Arts and Sciences Bldg. 110-E

678.466.4896

khalilahali@clayton.edu

www.clayton.edu/firstyearwriting

 

African American Literature Section, MMLA 2019, 11/14-11/17 in Chicago

updated: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:30am
Dr. Almas Khan / Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 5, 2019

In The Souls of Black Folk (1903), W. E. B. Du Bois famously conceptualized doubleness as the condition of black life in America, asserting: “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” African American literature has often thematically foregrounded double-consciousness, in addition to representing doubles, doppelgängers, and other forms of duality.

MLA 2020: “The Unbearable Wrongness of Being”: Abjection, Power, and the Possibilities of the Human in Popular Culture

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:26am
Debarati Biswas/ Hunter College, CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 10, 2019

In her conversation with Katherine Mckittrick, Sylvia Wynter reminds us that black/lesbian/feminists in the sixties such as June Jordan took up and further elaborated “the color line’s range of subjectively experienced nonnormalcy of being.” They voiced their outcry against what Jordan defines as our “unbearable wrongness of being.” This panel examines the presidential theme of being human by shifting our gaze to the abject spaces and formulations that function to deny humanity to certain subjects. To create the “human” normative literary and cultural production interprets racialized and queer subjects through the lens of social death.

William Faulkner Society - MLA 2020 - Open Call

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:25am
William Faulkner Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

William Faulkner Society Open Call for Papers The William Faulkner Society is issuing an open call for papers. Submit 250-word individual abstracts or panel proposals with panel description, 250-word abstracts, and panelists' email addresses in Word attachments to Taylor Hagood at thagood@fau.edu.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, 15 March 2019

Taylor Hagood, Florida Atlantic U (thagood@fau.edu )

Du Bois, Darkwater, and the Modernisms of 1919

updated: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:25am
Modernist Studies Association roundtable
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 4, 2019

Roundtable on the global modernisms of 1919. Submissions particularly invited for contributors on W. E. B. Du Bois's Darkwater at the centenary of its composition.

MSA 2019: Toronto 

Unearthing Indigeneity and Color Lines from 1865 to 1965

updated: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:22am
DeLisa Hawkes & Tim Bruno/ U of Maryland - College Park
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

The annual conference of the Modern Language Association will meet on January 9-12, 2020, in Seattle, WA.

This special session seeks to recover forgotten authors’ lived responses to white supremacy beyond the black-white dichotomy. Focus will be on North American authors and justice movements from 1865-1965.

Please submit your 250-word proposal and brief C.V. to DeLisa Hawkes (dhawkes@umd.edu) and Tim Bruno (tbruno@umd.edu) by Friday, March 15, 2019. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

Life Writing and the Life of Faith

updated: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:00am
Conference on Christianity and Literature / MLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 22, 2019

Session Hosted by the Conference on Christianity and Literature at the 2020 MLA Convention,

Seattle, WA, 9-12 January 2020

 

Pre-1900 American Literature

updated: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:59am
SAMLA 91: Languages--Power, Identity, and Relationships
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

This panel welcomes paper proposals on any aspect of Pre-1900 American Literature, although proposals addressing the SAMLA 91 conference theme of Languages: Power, Identity, and Relationships are especially welcome. The SAMLA 91 conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, November 8–10, 2019. By June 1, 2019, please submit an abstract of 250 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Caitlan Sumner, University of Alabama, at casumner@crimson.ua.edu.

CEA at SAMLA 91: Academic Panel Presentations Wanted

updated: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:56am
College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 17, 2019

The College English Association solicits abstracts from its members on the special focus of the 91st SAMLA conference from November 8-10 in Atlanta: “Languages: Power, Identity and Relationships.” Presentations that celebrate “the power of language to change lives and make our world a better place for all” are particularly welcome.

Proposals can be pedagogical in nature or relate to any aspect of English studies. Scholars may also submit papers that are beyond this scope and/or unrelated to the SAMLA theme.

Are We in a New Southern Literary Renaissance?

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:52am
MLA Forum: LLC Southern United States
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2019

The 2020 meeting of the Modern Language Association will mark the one hundred year anniversary of the reprint of H.L.

Archival Discoveries and Scholarly Bibliographies

updated: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:37am
*Resources for American Literary Study* (Penn State UP)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 25, 2019

Resources for American Literary Study, a peer-reviewed journal of archival and bibliographical scholarship published by Penn State UP, invites submissions for upcoming volumes. Covering all periods of American literature, Resources for American Literary Study welcomes both traditional and digital humanities approaches to archival discovery. The journal also publishes scholarly bibliographies and other bibliographical overviews. Typical contributions include newly discovered letters and documents, checklists of primary and/or secondary writings about American authors, and biographical and compositional studies drawn from archival materials.

Gender, Race, and Apocalypse: Essays on Bird Box

updated: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 8:17am
Brandon Grafius and Gregory Stevenson
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 1, 2019

The Netflix original film Bird Boxshattered records when it was released last December; according to industry reports, the film was streamed by over 45 million viewers in its first week. The film has become a cultural meme, with “Bird Box” challenges involving blindfolded participants trending on YouTube, and receiving a reference in a recent Saturday Night Live “Cold Open.”

 

This collection of essays will explore the cultural discussions which Bird Boxparticipates in through analyses of its treatment of race, gender, mental illness, spirituality, motherhood, and other issues. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

 

Bodies, Borders, and Boundaries: Embodiments of Multicultural and Transnational Children

updated: 
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 5:20pm
Tharini Viswanath and Nithya Sivashankar/ MLA 2020 (Guaranteed session)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 1, 2019

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE ASSOCIATION SPONSORED SESSION, MLA 2020  

 

“Bodies, Borders, and Boundaries: Embodiments of Multicultural and Transnational Children”

           

 January 9-12 at Seattle, Washington

 

Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2019

updated: 
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:40am
University Of Mississippi
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SW/SW) is a graduate student event hosted by the University of Mississippi from 18-20 July 2019.

 

Celebrating its 25th year this summer, the conference invites participants to look back, look forward, and look further. We welcome abstracts for paper and panel proposals that explore southern literature, writers, culture, and key figures. The conference seeks to foster a multi-disciplinary environment, featuring graduate students with an interest in the US South from departments across the humanities and social sciences. Potential topics for discussion include:

 

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